South Asia Country Programme

[Joint Statement] India: End police impunity for custodial torture and deaths
6 July 2020 11:27 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 6 July 2020) – The arrest of six police officers after a father-and-son duo died in police custody is just the first step towards addressing impunity in India, said rights groups. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and eight of its member organisations in India urged the [ Read more ]

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Need for Radical Changes in the Public Health System in South Asia
29 June 2020 5:37 pm

An online discussion on the ‘COVID-19 and the Need for Radical Changes in the Public Health System in South Asia’ South Asia is home to almost one-fourth of the world’s population, while South Asian countries spend less than four per cent of their GDP on health – only one-third of the world average public health [ Read more ]

Webinar: Rights to work and health – The plight of migrant workers and informal sector workers in South Asia
19 June 2020 1:07 pm

An online discussion on the ‘Rights to work and health: the plight of migrant workers and informal sector workers in South Asia’ As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold across the world, migrant and informal workers remain exceptionally vulnerable to the economic and labor market shocks of the pandemic. More than 40 per cent of [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Nepal: Ensure safety of returning migrant workers
12 June 2020 2:26 pm

Nepal: Ensure safety of returning migrant workers (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 12 June 2020) – Inadequate quarantine facilities and mismanagement of Nepal’s migrant workers returning from India could lead to a human rights crisis, rights groups said. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and seven of its member organisations urge the [ Read more ]

Nepal: COVID-19 not an excuse to silence dissent
11 June 2020 5:31 pm

In response to the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations outside of the Prime Minister Oli’s official residence in Kathmandu on 9 June 2020 against Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: What was clearly a peaceful demonstration adhering to physical distancing protocols turned violent when police cracked down on protestors, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Nepal: End impunity for caste-based discrimination and killings
9 June 2020 6:18 pm

Nepal: End impunity for caste-based discrimination and killings (Bangkok/Kathmandu, 09 June 2020) – The recent killings and attacks against the Dalits exemplify the deep-rooted caste-based discrimination and impunity in Nepal and it must end, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and seven of its member organisations in Nepal, said. The attack against [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: Peace talks should prioritise justice for war victims
4:31 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kabul, 09 June 2020) – The upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban must seek to bring an end to conflict and impunity in the country. Following the Afghan government’s announcement on the upcoming intra-Afghan talks,[1] the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisation the Civil Society and Human Rights Network [ Read more ]

Webinar: COVID-19, Debt and Inequality in South Asia – Restructuring the Financial Architecture for Public Sectors
5 June 2020 2:23 pm

An online discussion on ‘COVID-19, Debt and Inequality in South Asia: Restructuring the Financial Architecture for Public Sectors’ As States invest more in public services to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, indebted countries in the global south are struggling to deliver basic services due to budget deficit and insufficient financial resources. This webinar will present an [ Read more ]

[Joint Press Statement] Arbitrary serizure of donor funds from the Maldivian Democracy Network
3 June 2020 5:25 pm

Re: The request made to the People’s Majlis (Parliament), to investigate and take adequate action against the freezing of accounts and unauthorised seizure of MVR 866,620.35 (US$ 56,201.06) from the State Bank of India accounts held by Maldivian Democracy Network in the Maldives. 03rd June 2020 The undersigned organisations have jointly submitted a petition to [ Read more ]

Webinar: Protection of Women’s and Children’s Rights in COVID-19 – Responses from South Asian Countries
22 May 2020 2:49 pm

An online discussion on the ‘Protection of women’s and children’s rights in COVID-19: Responses from South Asian Countries’ Across the world, people have witnessed a spike in cases of domestic violence and how gendered norms of unpaid care work have been reinforced in the face of lockdowns–South Asia is no exception. What challenges and risks [ Read more ]