Human Rights Defenders Programme

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 ]

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 ]