Human Rights Defenders Programme

Sri Lanka: Stop threats and incitement of violence against human rights defenders who engaged at the UN Human Rights Council
28 March 2012 3:39 pm

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding threats, harassment, intimidation, vilification and incitement to violence against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in connection with their views on accountability issues in Sri Lanka. These threats are part of a hate campaign directed against human rights defenders who have engaged with the 19th regular session of [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Appeal to surface two missing human rights defenders
23 December 2011 2:26 pm

FORUM-ASIA received information that Mr. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Mr. Kugan Muruganandan have been missing since 9 December 2011. The two HRDs were last seen leaving the house of Mr. Muruganandan in Avarangal, Jaffna, North Sri Lanka. Mr. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj is a prominent human rights defender mainly working on disappearances in the north and [ Read more ]

WHRD IC Welcomes the First UN Report on the Human Rights of LGBT People
16 December 2011 1:32 pm

16th December 2011 – The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva issued its first ever report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on Thursday. The report details that around the world people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Government of Pakistan on the murder of human rights defender Mr Zarteef Afridi
10:28 am

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Office of the Prime Minister, F6/5 Cabinet Division, Cabinet Block, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan 16 December 2011 Re: Pakistan – Murder of school headmaster and human rights defender Mr Zarteef Afridi Dear Prime Minister, Front Line Defenders and FORUM-ASIA would like to draw your attention to the murder of human [ Read more ]

ANNI Regional Conference on the Engagement with the APF
7 September 2011 4:34 pm

Every year, since its establishment, the ANNI organizes an NGO meeting parallel to the annual conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF): From 2007 to 2009, it co-organized the NGO meeting together with the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)  and the international Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP). In [ Read more ]

ANNI: Outcome statement of the Regional Conference on the Engagement with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF)
10:36 am

1st Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions 7‐8 September 2011, Bangkok, Thailand 1. This statement is the outcome of the ANNI Regional Conference on the Engagement with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) held on 5-6 September 2011, in parallel to the 1st Biennial Conference [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Ensure justice in the death of Pattani Razeek
29 July 2011 9:33 am

(Bangkok, 29 July 2011) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply saddened by the news of the discovery yesterday of a body believed to be that of disappeared Sri Lankan human rights defender, Mr Pattani Razeek. Police found the body in Kavathamunai, Oddamavadi, Valaichenai province after being led to the [ Read more ]

Coalition Calls for the Immediate Release of Iranian Women Human Rights Defender
25 July 2011 4:34 am

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is deeply concerned by the ongoing detention of an Iranian women’s rights activist, despite a legal order for her release. Maryam Bahreman, a member of Iran’s One Million Signatures Campaign, was arrested on 11 May and held in solitary confinement. After questioning at the Prosecutor’s Office on July [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Delays of Habeas Corpus Hearing Unjust to 6 PSM members
23 July 2011 4:01 am

Bangkok, 23 July 2011) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership-based regional human rights organization, expresses its disappointment over the adjournment of a habeas corpus hearing of six leading members of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)[1].

Malaysia: Release the 6 Detainees, Abolish the Emergency Ordinance
12 July 2011 4:00 am

The Malaysian government should release immediately and unconditionally the six supporters of Bersih rally who are still being detained under the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance since July 2. Detention without trial under the Emergency Ordinance goes against every precept of human rights and justice and should be abolished as recommended by [ Read more ]