Human Rights Defenders Programme

Webinar: Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response ‒ Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery
28 May 2020 3:38 pm

An online discussion on ‘Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response: Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery’ Click here to register and secure a seat! The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a global health challenge, but also increased pressure and risk on human rights defenders, journalists, environmental, [ Read more ]

Open Letter: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia
20 January 2020 6:48 pm

(Scroll down for a Mongolian version of the open letter) To: H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh  Bangkok, 20 January 2020 RE: Enacting Law on the Legal Status of Human Rights Defenders in Mongolia Dear H.E. Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh, On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a network of 81 [ Read more ]

Joint Letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders
18 December 2019 11:44 am

Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Government Peace Building, No. 38 Confederation Russia Blvd (110) Phnom Penh Cambodia December 18, 2019 Re: Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions and Cases Against Union Leaders Dear Prime Minister, We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations, are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Law on Trade [ Read more ]

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day 2019
29 November 2019 6:37 pm

(Bangkok, 29 November 2019) – Since 2006, the 29th of November marks the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs).[1] The day celebrates the work and pays tribute to courageous women from all over the world, who have long been at the forefront of the collective struggle for the protection and advancement of human rights. On [ Read more ]

Mongolia: Rights groups report exposes mining’s serious threats to defenders, local communities and environment
22 October 2019 2:18 pm

(Ulaanbaatar/Bangkok, 22 October 2019) – Mining operations, regardless of their scale and nature, are posing a series of concrete threats to the environment and local communities of the districts (soums) of Binder, Batnorov, and Tsagaan-Ovoo, in north-eastern Mongolia. The report ‘Our Land,’ launched today in Ulaanbaatar by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

Our Land: Fact-Finding Mission Report on the Impacts of Mining on Defenders and Environment in Khentii and Dornod Provinces, Mongolia
10:39 am

Since mid-2000s, the mining sector has been driving Mongolia’s exports, leading the country to be one of the fastest growing economies until 2015. However, while in recent years the economic growth is slowing down, the increased number of mining operations profoundly affects Mongolia’s economic policies, social dynamics and environment. In light of drastic changes brought [ Read more ]

Launching of the Fact-Finding Mission Report on the Impacts of Mining on Human Rights Defenders, Environment and Local Communities in Khentii and Dornod Provinces, Mongolia
7 October 2019 2:44 pm

Since mid-2000s, the mining sector has been driving Mongolia’s exports, leading the country to be one of the fastest growing economies over the past decade. However, while in recent years the economic growth is also slowing down, the increased number of mining operations profoundly affects Mongolia’s economic policies, social dynamics and environment. In light of [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines on Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
12 September 2019 5:39 pm

To:   Hon. José Luis Martín C. Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights Hon. Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz, Chairperson of the Human Rights Defenders Inquiry Panel   cc:    Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines   Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines SAAC Building, UP Complex, Commonwealth Avenue, [ Read more ]

Human rights defenders at risk in Asia
31 May 2019 11:30 am

(Bangkok, 31 May 2019) – ‘In Asia, we are witnessing more and more human rights defenders being subjected to increasingly severe forms of violations, particularly killings, simply for defending human rights, ’says Sejin Kim, Programme Manager of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), during the launch of their latest report Defending In Numbers: [ Read more ]

Defending in Numbers – Resistance in the Face of Repression 2017-2018
10:00 am

Defending In Numbers is a biennial report that reviews the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) across Asia as documented by FORUM-ASIA. This particular edition of the report, Resistance in the Face of Repression, highlights key human rights violations against HRDs for the period of 2017-2018. Its central purpose is to identify regional patterns of [ Read more ]