South Asia Country Programme

Sri Lanka: Say no to death penalty
2 July 2019 1:30 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 2 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces Sri Lanka’s intention to reinstate the death penalty, as announced earlier this year by President, Maithripala Sirisena. Last Wednesday, on 26 June, he announced that he had signed the warrants for the execution of four convicted drug offenders. While [ Read more ]

Indian Government should withdraw criminal charges against NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ and its representatives
27 June 2019 4:01 pm

Indian Government should withdraw criminal charges against NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’ and its representatives 26 June 2019, Bangkok/Colombo/Dublin/Geneva/Johannesburg/London/New Delhi/New York/Paris We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the filing of criminal charges against Indian NGO ‘Lawyers Collective’, Senior Advocate Anand Grover, and other representatives of Lawyers Collective. Criminal charges were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on [ Read more ]

India: Stop blatant abuse of power against media personnel and protect press freedom
12 June 2019 3:34 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 12 June 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of several media personnel, being: Prashant Kanojia, a freelance journalist; Ishika Singh, head of the private news channel Nation Live; and Anuj Shukla, an editor of Nation Live. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government to ensure their immediate [ Read more ]

From Our Member Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Pakistan – HRCP demands parliamentary commission on Waziristan
29 May 2019 11:31 am

HRCP demands parliamentary commission on Waziristan Lahore, 27 May 2019. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is alarmed by the use of military force causing deaths of at least three Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) activists in North Waziristan. HRCP believes that this will further escalate tensions between PTM supporters and security institutions, consequently leading to [ Read more ]

India: Criminalise torture and end culture of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir
22 May 2019 3:58 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 May 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the inhumane and degrading use of torture by law enforcement agencies, and urges the Government of India and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to repeal the laws that fuel the torture and abuse of civilians, political activists, human rights [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Stop crack-down on human rights defenders with Digital Security Act
12:18 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 May 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of human rights defenders. Md. Abdul Kaium, who works for FORUM-ASIA member organisation Odhikar, writer-lawyer Imtiaz Mahmud, and poet-journalist Henry Swapon under the Digital Security Act 2018. FORUM-ASIA firmly urges the Government to stop such harassment of [ Read more ]

The Maldives: Justice for Yameen Rasheed necessary to ensuring rights and freedoms in the Maldives
25 April 2019 6:43 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 25 April 2019) – Tuesday, 23 April 2019, marked two years since prominent human rights defender and writer, Yameen Rasheed, was brutally murdered in the Maldives. Two years on, no one has been held accountable for his killing. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) remains deeply concerned by the continued impunity [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Withdraw the charges against Shakthika Sathkumara, Protect Free Expression
10 April 2019 5:47 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the arrest of award-winning, Sri Lankan novelist, Shakthika Sathkumara for writing a story about homosexuality and child abuse in the Buddhist clergy in Sri Lanka. Shakthika has been charged with inciting religious hatred and violating international human rights law [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Formally abolish the death penalty
11:43 am

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 10 April 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns and is deeply concerned over the announcement from the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena that dates have been set for the execution for drug offenders in the country. This would put an end to the country’s 43-year moratorium on [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: As former diplomat returns home, it is high time to criminalise enforced disappearance
22 March 2019 3:28 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 22 March 2019) – Maroof Zaman, a former Bangladeshi diplomat, returned home on Saturday, 16 March 2019, after having been held in detention for 465 days, allegedly by the government military agency, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence.[1] He was found wandering in his neighbourhood. Zaman went missing in the evening of 4 December [ Read more ]