Human Rights Defenders Programme

Human rights essential to democracy – UN Expert
2 December 2010 9:00 pm

December 2 , Manila — The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, yesterday urged governments in Asia to recognize and protect persons working on human rights issues as “essential” to building democracy. Sekaggya said, “human rights defenders play an indispensable role in the defense of democracy” as she [ Read more ]

Repeal India’s AFSPA, End Irom Sharmila’s hunger strike now
31 October 2010 1:04 am

FORUM-ASIA is initiating an international petition against India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). This is in solidarity with the hunger strike of woman human rights defender Irom Sharmila in protest of the draconian law. The petition is also aimed to complement the initiatives of its members and partners in India. These activities are aimed [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Protect Selvach Santhiran
28 October 2010 9:00 pm

The Arrest of Mr. Selvach Santhiran, a Witness to Police Brutality in Malaysia 29 October 2010 The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information from Malaysia about the arrest of Mr. Selvach Santhiran, a witness to the torture and subsequent death of a victim while in the custody of Malaysian police authorities. [ Read more ]

Protection Plan for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
30 September 2010 5:05 am

FORUM-ASIA’s Protection Plan for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) at risk was developed as a result of the 3rd Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum held in Bangkok in January 2009. The Protection Plan aims to further strengthen protection and provide timely and efficient assistance to HRDs at risk in Asia, through temporary relocation and other [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Condemns Arrest of Printing Workers in Sri Lanka
14 September 2010 4:56 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the arrest of Mr. Jayampathy Bulathsinhala, and eleven other persons related to the printing trade in Sri Lanka. They were all arrested under the broad powers of the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1982 for printing a poster related to an opposition party’s campaign against [ Read more ]

(COMMENTARY) Rising Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia
26 August 2010 12:00 pm

The month of August 2010 did not start well for Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia. Since the beginning of the month, Human Rights Defenders have been subject to a series of harassment incidents. There is validity in raising concerns regarding these incidents as it may signal a turn towards even more repression against human rights [ Read more ]

Joint Press Statement on the Murders of Two Indonesian Journalists
12:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA, Imparsial, and AJI Condemn the Murders of Two Journalists in Indonesia The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its members in Indonesia, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), condemn the killings of Mr. Ardiansyah Matra’is and Mr. Ridwan Salamun, two journalists in Indonesia. These [ Read more ]

ANNI: Eight points for the APF
2 August 2010 12:00 pm

The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) presented these points for discussion for the 15th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Forum on National Human Rights Institutions in Bali on 3-5 August 2010. We the members of the Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), thank the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) for [ Read more ]

JAPAN – One step forward to establish “human rights relief agency”
30 June 2010 10:49 am

Citizens’ Council for Human Rights Japan, FORUM-ASIA member, welcomed the interim report on the establishment of a human rights commission in the country. Below is their statement issued on 23 June 2010. Minister, Senior Vice – Minister and Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Justice announced a ‘New Establishment of Human Rights Relief Agency (Interim Report)’ yesterday, June 22 2010. Citizens’ Council [ Read more ]

Asian NGOs express concern over failure of governments to appoint members of NHRIs
9 June 2010 12:00 pm

(10 June 2010) The Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) expresses grave concern over the failure of certain governments in Asia to appoint members of their national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in accordance with the Paris Principles. The ANNI believes that this illustrates the lack of political will by these governments to strengthen their NHRIs so that these institutions [ Read more ]