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Defending in Numbers – Resistance in the Face of Repression 2017-2018
31 May 2019 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 ]

Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016
17 July 2017 9:30 am

The new Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016 shines a light on the challenging situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia. Based on documentation by FORUM-ASIA of cases of HRDs, it aspires to identify regional trends and patterns of violations and abuses against HRDs, and to illustrate the restrictive and [ Read more ]

Defending In Numbers 2013-2014
16 June 2015 12:19 pm

Between 2013 and 2014, FORUM-ASIA documented 324 cases of violations and abuses against HRDs as well as new instances of restrictive legislation and policies affecting civil society in Asia. The documented violations and abuses range from intimidation, threats, physical assault, arbitrary arrest and detention, criminalisation, judicial harassment, disappearances, death threats and killings of human rights [ 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 ]

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 ]

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders
31 July 2019 6:22 pm

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders (Bangkok, 31 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its utmost concern regarding recent findings by Global Witness, an international human rights organisation, proclaiming the Philippines as the deadliest country for land and environmental defenders. The Government of the Philippines [ Read more ]

HRC41 Oral Statement on Item 3: General Debate Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
3 July 2019 2:17 pm

41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: General Debate Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 1 July 2019 Madame [ 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 ]

Panel Discussion: Human Rights Defenders at Risk: 2017-2018 under Review
28 May 2019 12:59 pm

Human Rights Defenders at Risk: 2017-2018 under Review A panel discussion by FORUM-ASIA 10:00-12:00, Friday 31 May 2019 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) Free Admission *** Throughout 2017-2018, human rights defenders (HRDs) across Asia – including activists, journalists, non-governmental and civil society organisations, and advocates working in defence of human rights – continued to [ Read more ]

Public Event ‘Asia Once Again More Dangerous for Human Rights Defenders’, in Bangkok, Thailand
19 July 2017 4:23 pm

On 17 July 2017, FORUM-ASIA organised the public event ‘Asia Once Again More Dangerous for Human Rights Defenders‘  at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok. During the event the new publication ‘Defending in Numbers – Silencing the Voices of Asia 2015-2016‘ was officially launched, while speakers reflected on overall trends and findings [ Read more ]