The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a network of 85 member organisations across 23 countries, mainly in Asia. Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. The FORUM-ASIA Secretariat is based in Bangkok, with offices in Jakarta, Geneva and Kathmandu.

FORUM-ASIA is committed to building a peaceful, just, equitable and ecologically sustainable community of peoples and societies in Asia, where all human rights of all individuals, groups and peoples – in particular, the poor, marginalised and discriminated – are fully respected and realised in accordance with internationally accepted human rights norms and standards. It does so by:

  • Building the capacity of its members and partners
  • Bringing together activists and stakeholders to tackle human rights issues
  • Protecting human rights defenders in Asia that find themselves in emergency situations
  • Advocating for human rights at the national, regional and international level

Learn more about FORUM-ASIA work in 2020, check out its Annual Report 2020 here.

For more information on the history of FORUM-ASIA, check out the chapter in our anniversary publication, ‘Our Struggle for Human Rights – 25 Years of FORUM-ASIA’ here

Our Core Values

Everything we do in the pursuit of FORUM-ASIA’s purpose, vision and mission are guided by our core values and principles that reflect who we are and what we stand for. Our core values are: 

  • Transparency & Accountability
  • Inclusion
  • Relevance & Impact
  • Creativity & Learning
  • Safeguarding Wellbeing
  • Empathy & Compassion

About the Secretariat

The Regional Secretariat of FORUM-ASIA has been based in Bangkok since 1992.

The Secretariat is headed by the Executive Director, who is responsible for assuring that the Secretariat implements the decisions of the Executive Committee. The Secretariat is composed of an international team of professionals. Their work is structured through programmes that reflect the strategies and priorities of FORUM-ASIA.

About the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the policy-making body that supervises the work of the Secretariat. Members are elected by the General Assembly, which convenes once every three years.

The current members of the Executive Committee for the period 2019-2021 are:

  • Urantsooj Gombosuren, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), Mongolia, Chairperson

  • Sevan Doraisamy, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Malaysia, Vice-Chairperson

  • Suresh Kumar Dhakal, Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), Nepal, Treasurer

  • Shahindha Ismail, Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN), Maldives

  • Asfinawati, Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Indonesia

  • Dr. Nymia P Simbulan, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Philippines.