Human Rights Defenders Programme

Asian NI Watch Issue No. 3
22 May 2011 11:18 pm

Asian NI Watch Issue Number 3

Open Letter to SUHAKAM on the defamation case against human defender Charles Hector
2 May 2011 3:34 am

The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) sent an open letter to the chairperson of Malaysia’s National Human Rights Institution (SUHAKAM) to act on the defamation case against Mr Charles Hector, a human rights defender who blogged about alleged human rights abuses against Burmese migrant workers employed by the Asahi Kosei (M) [ Read more ]

Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights lawyer and blogger
26 April 2011 9:00 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding a law suit being filed against Mr. Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, activist and blogger over defamation. Mr. Hector raised concerns on his blog and via twitter about human rights and labour rights violations of 31 Burmese migrant workers of [ Read more ]

Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff
23 March 2011 8:13 am

Open Letter to Government of Bangladesh 23 March 2011 Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of Bangladesh Old Sangsad BhabanTejgaon, Dhaka-1215Bangladesh Re: Call for the end of harassment against Odhikar staff Your Excellency Madame Prime Minister, The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership based regional human rights organization, writes this letter [ Read more ]

16th HRC:Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
9 March 2011 9:00 pm

16th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Thursday, 10 March 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (A/HRC/16/44), which expounded the challenges, risks and human rights violations [ Read more ]

Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a WHRD from India, ordered by the Supreme Court of India not to communicate to the UN OHCHR
28 February 2011 2:46 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding the order by the Supreme Court of India banning Ms. Teesta Setalvad, a woman human rights defender (WHRD) from the state of Gujarat, India, from communicating to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Supreme Court of India [ Read more ]

Threats and Physical Assault Against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Woman Human Rights Defender from India
16 February 2011 9:00 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information on the brutal attack and threats by local money lenders against Ms. Sunita Devi, a Dalit widow and woman human rights defender from Bihar. FORUM-ASIA received information that Ms. Sunita Devi was threatened and physically assaulted by local money lenders in her community. It [ Read more ]

Asian civil society condemns the conviction of Cambodian human rights defender
13 February 2011 9:00 pm

A group of 27 human rights organisations condemned the 25 January sentencing of mr Sam Chankea, provincial coordinator of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC). He was convicted of defamation charges under Article 305 of the New Penal Code and was ordered to pa y 4 million Cambodian riel in compensation and fines. [ Read more ]

Drop false charges against Cambodian human rights defender
23 January 2011 9:00 pm

(BANGKOK, 24 January 2011) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the false charges filed against Mr Sam Chankea, provincial coordinator of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC). Mr. Chankea is a human rights defender active in land rights issues in Kampong Chhnang province. He was charged with defamation under [ Read more ]

Translations of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in Asian Languages
16 December 2010 2:13 pm

The following are unofficial translations from the UN official text in English. These have been translated by FORUM-ASIA members and partners cited inside each publication. Assamese Bangla (Note: This file requires the font SutonnMJItalic in order to display properly.) Burmese Chinese (Traditional) Divehi Filipino Hindi Karen Korean Lao Malayalam Malaysian Mon Mongolian Shan Sinhalese Tamil [ Read more ]