Human Rights Defenders Programme

[Joint Media Alert] Cambodia: Appeal Court set to rule on Southeast Asia’s first transboundary class action into human rights abuses
30 July 2020 12:07 pm

Media Alert For Immediate Release 30 July 2020 Cambodia: Appeal Court set to rule on Southeast Asia’s first transboundary class action into human rights abuses Will the Thai courts uphold Business and Human Rights standards as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights? [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into ­­Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing
9 July 2020 1:33 pm

July 9, 2020 Cambodia: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into ­­Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing Appoint Independent Commission of Inquiry, Seek UN Assistance Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, we, the 30 undersigned organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to create an independent [ Read more ]

Human rights defenders in the face of COVID-19
16 June 2020 3:57 pm

A human rights lens puts everyone in the picture to ensure that no one is left behind in the worst public health crisis in a generation. And human rights defenders are paving the way forward towards more resilient and inclusive societies. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the dangers for human rights defenders. By protecting human rights defenders, [ Read more ]

Booklet: Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
9 June 2020 7:48 pm

The well-being of human rights defenders is a critical – but still often neglected – issue. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are particularly exposed to a number of different stressors. Unlike others, HRDs will generally have a higher exposure to stress and trauma, either directly or indirectly. ‘Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines’ aims to [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the organizers of the ‘United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches.’ to be held on June 9 -11, 2020
8 June 2020 6:16 pm

(Thai version available below) June 7, 2020 An Open Letter to the Organizers of the United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches, Asia and the Pacific, to be held on June 9 -11, 2020 To The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), [ Read more ]

Webinar: Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response ‒ Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery
28 May 2020 3:38 pm

An online discussion on ‘Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response: Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery’ Click here to register and secure a seat! The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a global health challenge, but also increased pressure and risk on human rights defenders, journalists, environmental, [ Read more ]

Open Letter: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia
20 January 2020 6:48 pm

(Scroll down for a Mongolian version of the open letter) To: H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh  Bangkok, 20 January 2020 RE: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia Dear H.E. Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh, On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a network of 81 [ Read more ]

Joint Letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders
18 December 2019 11:44 am

Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Government Peace Building, No. 38 Confederation Russia Blvd (110) Phnom Penh Cambodia December 18, 2019 Re: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders Dear Prime Minister, We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations, are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Law on Trade [ Read more ]

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day 2019
29 November 2019 6:37 pm

(Bangkok, 29 November 2019) – Since 2006, the 29th of November marks the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs).[1] The day celebrates the work and pays tribute to courageous women from all over the world, who have long been at the forefront of the collective struggle for the protection and advancement of human rights. On [ Read more ]

Mongolia: Rights groups report exposes mining’s serious threats to defenders, local communities and environment
22 October 2019 2:18 pm

(Ulaanbaatar/Bangkok, 22 October 2019) – Mining operations, regardless of their scale and nature, are posing a series of concrete threats to the environment and local communities of the districts (soums) of Binder, Batnorov, and Tsagaan-Ovoo, in north-eastern Mongolia. The report ‘Our Land,’ launched today in Ulaanbaatar by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]