Human Rights Defenders Programme

Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016
17 July 2017 9:30 am

The new Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016 shines a light on the challenging situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia. Based on documentation by FORUM-ASIA of cases of HRDs, it aspires to identify regional trends and patterns of violations and abuses against HRDs, and to illustrate the restrictive and [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Myanmar Authorities Must Immediately Release and Drop Charges Against Three Detained Journalists
14 July 2017 2:42 pm

(14 July 2017) – We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the arrest, detention and prosecution of six people, including three journalists, under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar. We demand that these charges against them are dropped and that the three journalists are immediately and unconditionally released, as they have been detained solely [ Read more ]

Public Event – ‘Asia once again More Dangerous for Human Rights Defenders’, 17 July, Bangkok, Thailand
10:23 am

Asia once again more dangerous for human rights defenders An event organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday 17 July 2017, 10:00-12:30 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), Bangkok In the period of 2016-2017 Asia has become more dangerous for human rights defenders, particularly for land-rights defenders, youth [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: CSOs condemn discriminatory denial of medical care to #FreeThe5KH detainees
29 June 2017 10:56 am

Phnom Penh, 28 June 2017 – We, the undersigned, condemn the discriminatory and arbitrary denial of medical care to three of the five ‘#Freethe5KH’ detainees at Phnom Penh’s CC1 (Prey Sar) prison facility. Mr. Ny Sokha, Mr. Nay Vanda, and Mr. Yi Soksan have finally been granted access to doctors from the Cambodian League for [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Bangladesh: Conduct a credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of Sultana Kamal
13 June 2017 6:15 pm

We, several international and regional civil society organisations express deep concern over violent threats received by Sultana Kamal, a prominent lawyer and women human rights defender in Bangladesh. Sultana received these threats from the radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam (Hefazat), a coalition of teachers and students of quami Madrasas[1], after expressing her opinion on a news [ Read more ]

Malaysia – Cease harassment of Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearances (CAGED)
2 June 2017 5:36 pm

(Bangkok, 2 June 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of Malaysia to cease the persecution of the newly established Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearances (CAGED), which FORUM-ASIA member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) holds the Secretariat for, and instead focus on recent cases of enforced disappearances [ Read more ]

Public Lecture by Mr. Michel Forst, UN SR on HRDs, in Bangkok, Thailand
28 May 2017 5:57 pm

On 27 May 2017, FORUM-ASIA together with the Asia Centre, organised a public lecture by Michel Forst, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, entitled ‘The Future of Global Human Rights Discourse: Trends & Challenges’. The lecture analysed the contemporary human rights challenges linked to his mandate, and it was [ Read more ]

Civil Society under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison for the ADHOC 5
28 April 2017 3:34 pm

(Bangkok, 28 April 2017) – Exactly one year ago, the Cambodian Government arrested the ADHOC 5, five prominent Cambodian human rights defenders, on trumped up charges connected to helping a victim of government harassment. Since then, the five have been subjected to a never-ending nightmare of more than ten denials of bail requests, deliberate court [ Read more ]

Press Briefing – Civil Society Under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison for ADHOC 5
25 April 2017 4:16 pm

Civil Society Under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison for ADHOC 5 An event co-organised by Human Rights Watch and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Friday 28 April 2017, 10:30-12:00 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), Bangkok Friday marks one year detention for the ADHOC 5. Exactly one [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Halt the Judicial Harassment of Tep Vanny
23 February 2017 6:47 pm

(Bangkok, 23 February 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns today’s decision of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to sentence Tep Vanny to two-and-half years in prison. The decision is another attempt to silence and prevent the peaceful expression of dissent in the country. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Cambodian [ Read more ]