ASEAN Advocacy Programme

High Level Dialogue on Human Rights in ASEAN, 8-10 May 2019
12 July 2019 5:33 pm

FORUM-ASIA along with ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia organised a two-day meeting to discuss the 10 years evolution of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and how the institution needs to fully function for the promotion and protection of human rights in the [ Read more ]

Indonesia: Revision of Indonesia’s Criminal Code
12 February 2018 2:55 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 12 February 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses grave concern over the on-going revision of the Indonesian Criminal Code. The amendments to the Criminal Code are a setback for the country as they are inherently discriminatory and potentially harmful to the fundamental freedoms of the people, especially the [ Read more ]

Welcoming Singapore as Chair for ASEAN and AICHR
26 January 2018 1:41 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 26 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Singapore as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2018. During the 26th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Singapore on 24-26 January 2018, FORUM-ASIA reiterated its message to the Government of [ Read more ]

Have They Passed the Litmus Test? – A Report on the Performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms in 2016
14 December 2017 6:29 pm

‘Have They Passed the Litmus Test? – A Report on the Performance of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms in 2016’ is the seventh annual review by FORUM-ASIA together with the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA) Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights and Working Group on ASEAN (SAPA TFAHR & WGA). The report presents [ Read more ]

CSOs Recommendations to the AICHR for the Promotion and Implementation of ASEAN Human Rights Declaration – Bohol, 28 November 2017
28 November 2017 7:09 pm

We[1], civil society organizations (CSOs) with consultative relationship with the AICHR gathered in Bohol, Philippines, on 28 November 2017 to join the first interface meeting between AICHR and CSOs as part of the ASEAN Round Table Dialogue (RTD) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). We would like to convey our appreciation toward AICHR and [ Read more ]

Press Release – ASEAN: Be For the People, Work with the People
10 November 2017 9:44 pm

 ASEAN: Be For the People, Work With the People We are people’s organizations, social movements and NGOs of youth, children, women, workers, older people, indigenous groups, persons with disabilities, LGBTIQ and other sectors, including academics from the ten (10) ASEAN countries plus East Timor. We have been engaging the ASEAN and its member states for twelve (12) years now. In conjunction [ Read more ]

ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) 2017
1 November 2017 3:40 pm

From 10-14 November 2017 the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) 2017 will take place at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines. As in previous years, FORUM-ASIA will both participate and be involved with various events and activities during the gathering. ACSC/APF addresses issues around peace, justice and human rights, [ Read more ]

Briefing Paper for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR): “Update on the mass displacement of people from Rakhine State”
11 September 2017 11:38 am

  Jointly submitted by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)   Statement of Purpose              FORUM-ASIA welcomes the opportunity to present this joint briefing paper, in partnership with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). The purpose of this [ Read more ]

On the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, civil society demands stronger and more forceful human rights mechanisms
8 August 2017 3:50 pm

(Bangkok, 8 August 2017) – On its 50th anniversary, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address the deteriorating human rights situation in the region. It should honour five decades of regionalisation by promoting human rights as an integral part of its efforts [ Read more ]

Malaysia – Cease harassment of Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearances (CAGED)
2 June 2017 5:36 pm

(Bangkok, 2 June 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of Malaysia to cease the persecution of the newly established Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearances (CAGED), which FORUM-ASIA member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) holds the Secretariat for, and instead focus on recent cases of enforced disappearances [ Read more ]