South Asia Country Programme

Human rights groups urge repeal of India emergency law to end protester’s 10-year hunger fast
11 November 2010 9:00 pm

AFSPA must be be repealed! The 10-year hunger strike must end now! We, the undersigned 108 human rights NGOs, human rights defenders, and women human rights defenders from all over the world, celebrate Ms. Irom Chanu Sharmila’s unwavering courage for standing as a voice for thousands of voiceless people demanding to repeal the Armed Forced [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Meena Gupta Committee from Korean civil society groups
17 September 2010 5:07 am

To:  The Chairperson, Meena Gupta Committee Greetings and peace from the People of Korea First, let me say that we appreciate your efforts regarding the Pohang Steel Company (POSCO)’s project launched in Orissa. Our civil society, including NGOs in South Korea, has been paying close attention to this project. We have noticed recently that the Saxena Committee’s report reveals [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Condemns Arrest of Printing Workers in Sri Lanka
14 September 2010 4:56 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the arrest of Mr. Jayampathy Bulathsinhala, and eleven other persons related to the printing trade in Sri Lanka. They were all arrested under the broad powers of the Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1982 for printing a poster related to an opposition party’s campaign against [ Read more ]

PAKISTAN: HRCP urges world to help country cope with flood devastation
9 August 2010 11:57 pm

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the United Nations and other aid and humanitarian organisations to support Pakistan in meeting the needs of millions of people affected by country’s worst ever floods as well as reconstructing the entire infrastructure of the flood-hit areas. Please click this link to read the rest of the statement.

Time for Asian Governments to Implement the Right to Clean Water and Sanitation
5 August 2010 6:02 am

(4 August 2010, Bangkok) Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on Asian governments to take concrete measures in realising the right to water and sanitation following a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 July 2010, recognizing “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a [ Read more ]

BHUTAN – 32,000 Bhutanese refugees resettled so far; resettlement programme has become its largest
30 June 2010 11:15 am

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Saturday announced that the resettlement of refugees from Bhutan in Nepal has become its largest resettlement programme worldwide. Issuing a statement on the eve of World Refugee Day (20 June), the UN refugee agency informed that 32,000 refugees from Bhutan have departed to the United States and other [ Read more ]

INDIA – Make it a reality: abolition of torture by law!
10:59 am

The Government of India has just got passed the Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 before the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) and is to introduce it in the Raja Sabha (Upper House) for its approval. On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) [ Read more ]

Human Rights Award goes to FORUM-ASIA member PVCHR director
24 June 2010 12:00 pm

The City Council decided at its yesterday ( 23.6. ) session, 16 to give human rights prize of the city of Weimar in 2010 , Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi of the Indians. Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi has been working 15 years for the rights and interests of the Dalits (members of the lower caste), primarily in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. [ Read more ]

Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (Hong Kong, 15-16 June 2010)
15 June 2010 3:18 am

According to Internet World Stats, with over 780 Million Internet users, Asia Pacific is already the region with the largest online population. Yet the penetration rate for Asia is only at around 20%, which signals continued rapid growth ahead. Building on the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, and the mandate given at the Second [ Read more ]

NEPAL – FORUM-ASIA chairperson refuses honour by government
3:10 am

Subodh Raj Pyakurel, chairperson of FORUM-ASIA, refused the decoration by the Nepali government. Other nominees included the people responsible for the “Kalanki massacre” in 2006, and he released a statement below on 31 May 2010. On 2 June, the council of ministers decided to scrap the two medals conferred to controversial police officers. The news [ Read more ]