East Asia Country Programme

HRC 41 Side Event – Myanmar: Human rights violations, impunity and militarisation of the economy
1 July 2019 11:58 am

  With Myanmar’s weak rule of law, corrupt judiciary and impunity for security force abuses, democratic space is diminishing. Impunity for gross human rights violations has significantly and demonstrably contributed to the validation of deeply oppressive and discriminatory conduct, enabled recurrence of human rights violations and atrocity crimes, emboldened perpetrators and silenced victims. How do [ Read more ]

Myanmar: Lower House should reject proposed amendments to Peaceful Assembly Law
21 March 2018 2:10 pm

(Bangkok, 21 March 2018) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, Equality Myanmar are gravely concerned by the approval of the proposed amendments to the 2011 Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law by the House of Nationalities (Upper House) on 7 March 2018.[1] The amended bill has been sent to [ Read more ]

Singapore: Human Rights Organisations Condemn Threat against Fundamental Freedoms
19 March 2018 1:54 pm

(Singapore/Bangkok, 19 March 2018) – Think Centre and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) express great concern over the proposed Bill No. 11/2018 on Public Order and Safety (Special Powers), as it puts restrictions on the people of Singapore to exercise their fundamental freedoms. We particularly condemn the inclusion of peaceful protests [ Read more ]

The Philippines: Withdrawal from the ICC/Rome Statute another attempt to perpetuate impunity for human rights violations in the country
15 March 2018 8:11 pm

(Bangkok, 15 March 2018) – In the past one and a half years, blatant rejection and undermining of human rights have been the message conveyed by President Durterte’s administration. This anti-human rights rhetoric has resulted in the increase of threats and intimidation against human rights defenders, environmental activists, and political dissenters. His recent claim to [ 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 ]

The Philippines: Cooperate with the International Criminal Court on the process of preliminary examination into alleged crimes in drug war
9 February 2018 6:44 pm

(Bangkok, 9 February 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the move of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to proceed with the preliminary examination of complaints in relation to alleged crimes falling within its jurisdiction under the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines. It was confirmed by the Prosecutor of [ Read more ]

Indonesia – Court should release environmental human rights defender
31 January 2018 6:13 pm

(31 January 2018, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member, the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), strongly denounce the decision made by the District Court of Banyuwangi, East Java, to convict Heri Budiawan, also known as Budi Pego, for spreading communism. He was charged with violating article 107(a) [ Read more ]

Thailand: Urgent call to dismiss all allegations against the eight human rights defenders from the peaceful march, ‘We Walk’
26 January 2018 4:11 pm

(Geneva, 26 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urgently calls on the Government of Thailand to unconditionally dismiss all allegations against the eight human rights defenders who joined the peaceful march, ’We Walk’ on 20 January 2018. A few days later, on 23 January 2018, authorities issued police summons [ Read more ]

Joint Press Release – Civil Society Groups Urge the EU to Take Stronger Steps in Response to the Rohingya Crisis
22 January 2018 4:53 pm

(Brussels, 22 January) – In a letter today to EU Foreign Ministers, 21 civil society organisations from inside and outside Myanmar call on the EU to take stronger steps to stand for the Rohingya. The Rohingya faced ethnic cleansing. In recent months, Myanmar’s authorities have prevented the UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee, [ Read more ]

Grave Concern about Undermining of Press Freedom in the Philippines
16 January 2018 7:01 pm

(Bangkok, 16 January 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines to revoke the Certificate of Incorporation of Rappler, an independent online newspaper on 11 January 2018. While Rappler is still free to continue operating, as the decision [ Read more ]