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[JOINT ANALYSIS] Refusing Silence: A joint analysis on the situation of Human Rights Defenders

Over the past two years, human rights defenders (HRDs) have faced unprecedented challenges in Asia, where existing risks were exacerbated, while new threats have emerged. Governments enacted and used repressive laws, online harassment became widespread, and Asian HRDs have seen their families and loved ones increasingly subjected to harassment...

[PUBLIC REPORT] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on...

[PUBLICATION] Outcome Document from the Virtual Conference on ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia. The health crisis has also catalysed the rise of authoritarianism, the over-securitisation of societies, and systemic efforts to suppress democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in the region. Hence, it is critical to activate, strengthen and protect spaces and mechanisms for...

[Report] Defending in Numbers: A Message of Strength from the Ground 2019 – 2020

For an interactive summary of this report, please click here. Defending In Numbers is a biennial report that reviews the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) across Asia as documented by FORUM-ASIA. This particular edition of the report, Defending In Numbers — A Message of Strength from the Ground, follows previous editions of...

[BRIEFING PAPER] Great Expectations: Analysis of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management

Six months since the attempted coup, little concrete action has been taken by the UN Security Council to address the unfolding human rights, humanitarian and COVID-19 crisis in Myanmar. How should ASEAN and the international community best provide the much needed humanitarian and pandemic-response assistance? Why is it crucial to...

[REPORT] Dictating the Internet: Curtailing Free Expression, Opinion and Information Online in Southeast Asia

In this report, the ICJ focuses its analysis on Thailand. The updated information and analysis show how State authorities have continued abusing laws that in any event are not compliant with human rights law and standards to intensify their arbitrary restrictions on human rights in the digital sphere. The...

[REPORT] Timor Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat

The Asia Centre has recently published a report entitled “Timor-Leste: Internet Freedoms Under Threat”, followed by an op-ed piece entitled “Timor-Leste’s internet freedoms at risk” in the Jakarta Post, and the UPR submission "Internet Freedoms Under Threat in Timor-Leste". There are also links to the event write-up of the...

[BRIEF] One Vision, Different Responses: An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations

Since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, military forces have arbitrarily arrested, charged or sentenced at least 3,331 people and killed at least 739 others, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.1 The military is now increasingly repressing independent media through...

[REPORT] If I Disappear: Global Report on Protecting Young People in Civic Space

The importance of protection in civic space was emphasized in the UN SG’s Call to Action for Human Rights and it was one of the three key priorities in the UN’s Guidance Note on Civic Space. In his first-ever report on YPS, the Secretary-General called for the development of dedicated guidance...

[REPORT] State of Media Freedom: Confronting the Regression of Freedom in Southeast Asia 2021

The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) recently launched an initiative to advocate for media space advancement.  Crucial to this initiative is the process of mapping out the dire press freedom and democracy issues in Southeast Asia to find appropriate solutions in addressing them.  Also, it is the hope of this...