Human Rights Defenders Programme

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End harassment of Suchanee Cloitre, human rights defenders
26 October 2020 1:27 pm

*Please scroll down for a Thai version of this statement. Thailand: End harassment of Suchanee Cloitre, human rights defenders Baseless criminal defamation cases undercut labor rights protections 26 October 2020 We, the undersigned twelve human rights organizations, call on Thailand’s government to immediately end the harassment through the judicial system of journalist Suchanee Cloitre and [ Read more ]

India: Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work – Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups
30 September 2020 5:28 pm

For Immediate Release India: Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Groups (New York, September 30, 2020) – Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization’s human rights work. Fifteen international [ Read more ]

India: End the incarceration and harassment of human rights defenders in the Bhima Koregaon case
17 September 2020 12:50 pm

India: End the incarceration and harassment of human rights defenders in the Bhima Koregaon case (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 17 September 2020) ‒ The recent arrests of cultural activists Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor and Jyoti Jagtap this month in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case is a vicious targeting of human rights defenders aimed at instilling fear and [ Read more ]

Cambodia: The Government should end its systematic harassment of activists and human rights defenders
16 September 2020 11:00 am

Cambodia: The Government should end its systematic harassment of activists and human rights defenders (Bangkok, 16 September 2020) – The arrests of human rights defenders (HRDs) and activists in Cambodia demonstrate the increasingly hostile climate against HRDs, and the Cambodian government’s relentless assault against the fundamental rights of its people, the Asian Forum for Human [ Read more ]

Booklet: The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other Resources – a booklet for defenders
10 September 2020 5:42 pm

The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other resources A booklet for defenders FORUM-ASIA recognises the need to address the ongoing trends of violations against human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia, and their key role in ensuring that everyone’s human rights are protected and fulfilled. To this end, FORUM-ASIA has produced a booklet explanatory of [ Read more ]

[Statement] Governments should put an end to enforced disappearances
29 August 2020 7:59 am

(Jakarta, 29 August 2020) ‒ Asian Governments must investigate all cases of enforced disappearances and take genuine steps toward ending a practice perpetrated by state apparatus, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today in conjunction with the International Day of the Victim of Enforced Disappearance on 30 August. Enforced disappearances have [ Read more ]

Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
25 August 2020 6:05 pm

The well-being of human rights defenders is a critical – but still often neglected – issue. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are particularly exposed to a number of different stressors. Unlike others, HRDs will generally have a higher exposure to stress and trauma, either directly or indirectly. ‘Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines’ aims to provide [ Read more ]

[Joint Media Alert] Cambodia: Appeal Court set to rule on Southeast Asia’s first transboundary class action into human rights abuses
30 July 2020 12:07 pm

Media Alert For Immediate Release 30 July 2020 Cambodia: Appeal Court set to rule on Southeast Asia’s first transboundary class action into human rights abuses Will the Thai courts uphold Business and Human Rights standards as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights? [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into ­­Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing
9 July 2020 1:33 pm

July 9, 2020 Cambodia: 4 Years On, No Effective Investigation into ­­Kem Ley’s Unlawful Killing Appoint Independent Commission of Inquiry, Seek UN Assistance Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, we, the 30 undersigned organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to create an independent [ Read more ]

Human rights defenders in the face of COVID-19
16 June 2020 3:57 pm

A human rights lens puts everyone in the picture to ensure that no one is left behind in the worst public health crisis in a generation. And human rights defenders are paving the way forward towards more resilient and inclusive societies. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the dangers for human rights defenders. By protecting human rights defenders, [ Read more ]