Human Rights Defenders Programme

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 ]

Open Letter to SUHAKAM on the intimidation against the 9 July electoral reform rally in Malaysia
1 July 2011 4:38 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership-based regional human rights organization, writes to you regarding the on-going threats and intimidation by the Malaysian government against the electoral reform campaigners and supporters. On 28 June, the National Human rights commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) called “on the authorities to allow the planned peaceful [ Read more ]

Malaysia’s ongoing crackdown against campaigners for electoral reform
30 June 2011 3:45 am

(UPDATED 12 July) Monitor this page to be kept informed updates on unfolding events regarding the Malaysian government crackdown to stop the 9 July 2011 rally on electoral reform. Learn more about the background of these events by clicking this link to the Asian Defender Alert on this issue. The contents of this webpage are [ Read more ]

Stop Arrests and Intimidation against the Rally on Electoral Reforms in Malaysia
29 June 2011 4:46 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding the arrest of at least 90 campaigners nationwide since 24 June 2011 in relation to the planned mass rally called “Walk for Democracy” on 9 July 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is comprised of [ Read more ]

Human Rights Defenders and Democracy: Proceedings of the 4th Regional HRD Forum
28 June 2011 4:38 am

Proceedings of the fourth Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum held in Manila on 2 to 4 December 2010. The forum was a platform for exchange of strategies and ideas among human rights defenders (HRDs) and women HRDs in Asia; and an opportunity to directly engage with the UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs. The Forum was [ Read more ]

Urgent Responses For Women Human Rights Defenders At Risk: Mapping And Preliminary Assessment
24 June 2011 9:51 am

  Urgent Responses presents the responses offered by a broad range of human rights organizations operating at different levels—international, regional and national—as well as groups with differing thematic priorities, including those working on women’s rights, human rights and sexual orientation. After a brief overview of violence that WHRDs face, Urgent Responses outlines the different types [ Read more ]

Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights defender for highlighting rights of migrant workers
24 May 2011 12:33 am

[23 May 2011]  – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Human Rights Now express their great concern regarding the case of Mr. Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, activist and blogger. We were informed that Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn. Bhd., subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd., filed a [ Read more ]