NHRIs Advocacy | Statements and Letters

[Condolence Note] The Passing of Jose Louis Martin Gascon
15 October 2021 10:28 am

(15 October 2021) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) express deep sorrow on the passing of Jose Louis Martin C. Gascon, or ‘Chito’, the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) on 9 October 2021.‘ “Chito Gascon [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission
11 May 2021 11:00 am

(Bangkok/Geneva, 11 May 2021) – A recent amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution grossly undermines the credibility of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), raising questions on the Commission’s compliance to international standards, the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions and its member the Law and Society Trust said in a joint [ Read more ]

[Statement] International Partners Must End all Cooperation with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
12 March 2021 5:31 pm

(March 11, 2021) – On 11 February 2021, the CSO Working Group on MNHRC Reform (Working Group)[1] called on the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) to denounce the military coup and stand with the people of Myanmar. It has failed to do so. We therefore believe that the MNHRC is an ally of the [ Read more ]

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) Must Denounce the Military Coup and Uphold Fundamental Rights of Peoples
16 February 2021 4:56 pm

(Bangkok, 16 February 2021) — The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) must uphold the principles of human rights and ensure the independent, impartial and effective exercise of its powers and functions during the current human rights situation in Myanmar, rights groups said today. The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), an [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Strengthen National Human Right Commission before Accreditation Upgrade
16 December 2020 2:30 pm

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Strengthen National Human Right Commission before Accreditation Upgrade (Bangkok/Geneva, 16 December 2020) — The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) should continue to be accredited as ‘B status’[1] in the re-accreditation exercise by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI-SCA), said the Asian NGO Network [ Read more ]

Thailand: ANNI Open Letter concerning the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand’s (NHRCT) Statement on requesting all parties in demonstrations adhere to human rights principles and use peaceful means to resolve problems
27 August 2020 9:08 pm

To:  Chairperson What Tingsamitr Cc: Commissioners: Mrs. Chatsuda Chandeeying and Mrs. Prakairatana Thontiravong Commissioner ad interims: Mr. Somn Promaros, Miss Areewan Jatuthong, Mrs. Pirom Sipraset and Mr. Suwat Theparak Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December, B.E.2550 (2007) 120 Chaengwattana [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Must Ensure Human Rights are Protected amid COVID-19 Pandemic
27 May 2020 6:08 pm

(Bangkok/Yangon, 27 May 2020) – The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) needs to fully exercise its powers and functions effectively, efficiently and fearlessly to make up for its disappointing lack of intervention on human rights violations exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, rights groups said today. The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions [ Read more ]

[ANNI Statement] Bangladesh: Another Flawed Selection Process for National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh
3 October 2019 5:41 pm

(Bangkok, 3 October 2019) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) and its members deplore the flawed selection process for the appointment of new commissioners for the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh (NHRCB). The lack of a participatory, transparent and merit-based selection process has resulted in the selection of commissioners with [ Read more ]

Nepal: Amendment Bill of National Human Rights Commission Act will weaken the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal
24 May 2019 6:01 pm

Nepal: Amendment Bill of National Human Rights Commission Act will weaken the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (Kathmandu/Bangkok, 24 May 2019) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) expresses its deep concern over a proposed bill to amend the National Human Rights Commission Act 2012 (NHRC Act 2012). The Government of [ Read more ]

Thailand: ANNI Open Letter concerning the disciplinary inquiry against Commissioner, Angkhana Neelapaijit
14 May 2019 3:38 pm

(Scroll down for a Thai version of the open letter) To: Chairperson What Tingsamitr Cc: Commissioner Chatsuda Chandeeying, Commissioner Prakairatana Thontiravong, Commissioner Tuenjai Deetes, Commissioner Chartchai Suthiklom, Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit and Secretary-General Sophon Jingjit Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th [ Read more ]