Human Rights Defenders Programme

2017 Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
17 October 2017 10:44 am

From 17-19 October 2017, FORUM-ASIA will attend the 2017 Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders at Risk organised by Front Line Defenders. The gathering brings together some 100 human rights defenders at risk from around the world. It will also be attended by national, regional, and international civil society organisations. During the platform gathering various [ Read more ]

Words mean little without implementation
6 September 2017 10:00 am

(6 September, Ulaanbaatar) – Over the last days – 2-5 September 2017 – the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its members from Mongolia, the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) consulted and met with a range of stakeholders on human rights issues in Mongolia, including civil [ Read more ]

Events in Mongolia to strengthening human rights
1 September 2017 5:48 pm

From 2-6 September, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) will be in Mongolia to support, together with its members the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) human rights defenders and civil society, and to engage with political parties, Members of Parliament, the Mongolian Human Rights Commission on [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Time to Release Tep Vanny after One Year of Being Unrightfully Detained
15 August 2017 8:30 am

(Bangkok, 15 August 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the detention of the Cambodian human rights activist Tep Vanny, who completes one year in jail today. Tep Vanny, who participated in a peaceful protest in 2013, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA deeply troubled by the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan in Malaysia today
20 July 2017 8:05 pm

(Bangkok 20 July 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern about the restriction of the freedom of movement of Adilur Rahman Khan by the Malaysian authorities today. FORUM-ASIA calls upon the Government of Malaysia, and all Governments in the Asian region to ensure the right to movement, assembly [ Read more ]

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 ]