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Bangkok (19 June 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deeply regrets the execution of Mr. Theerasak Longji. The United Nations opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances as reiterated by the UN Secretary-General at many occasions.


ASEAN Must Take Immediate Action to Address the Worsening Conflict and Humanitarian Situation in Burma’s Kachin State


(Jakarta/Bangkok, 11 June 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) congratulates Indonesia on its successful election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.


No More 10 years Wait Before Implementing Better Protection for Migrant Workers in ASEAN

8 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand


MANILA: The Philippines decried what it said was interference in its internal affairs by the European Parliament, which urged the Southeast Asian nation in a resolution to end "extrajudicial killings" and halt plans to bring back the death penalty.


The government of Myanmar issued a statement on Saturday saying it had repatriated the first batch of Rohingya refugees – a family of five – from Bangladesh. This claim generated immediate scepticism among the UN refugee agency and Bangladeshi authorities. Diplomats and human rights groups have expressed grave concerns ever since the idea of repatriating nearly 700,000 Rohingya who have sought asylum in Bangladesh was first aired in January.


36th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Item 8: General Debate on the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Monday, 25 September 2017


While liberals and liberalism are often treated as a bogeyman in Malaysia’s political discourse, a Turkish journalist has reminded that liberals have stood up for the rights of Muslims in countries where they are a minority.

The award-winning author Mustafa Akyol said Muslims - and other minorities - seem to love liberal democracies a lot, but only when they are not the ones in power.


July 12, 2017 by Eduardo C. Tadem


by Dominique Nicky Fahrizal and Fitriani

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia is facing several challenges in its ability to assist the Philippines in dealing with ISIS: legal ground to deploy an armed force, lack of knowledge of geographical terrain and limited interagency coordination and operation.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

PETALING JAYA: Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean-Bac) Malaysia has called upon Asean to become more dynamic and realistic in the ever-changing global environment.

Its chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid urged the bloc to get clearer and sharper on the issues confronting the region, even if it is not capable of overhauling the way its decisions are made.


By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, Staff Reporter - July 7, 2017 3:03 pm

BANGKOK — The junta-appointed legislature approved without amendment Thursday the emergency decree that recently prompted an exodus of migrant workers.


By James Gomez
July 03, 2017

We cannot say that we were not warned.

During his campaign for the Philippine presidency, Rodrigo Duterte made his contempt for human rights and the rule of law glaringly apparent. He vowed to kill as many as 100,000 people – filling Manila Bay with so many bodies that the fish will “grow fat.”


July 04, 2017 by Truong-Minh Vu


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Judicial harassment | Thailand | July 5, 2017

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Thailand.

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U.N. Refugee High Commissioner to meet Thai Prime Minister


Published 6 Jul 2017, 12:19 pm     Updated 8 Jul 2017, 11:54 am

FEATURE | It is not uncommon to read about cases of stateless children in Malaysian newspapers. These children are not granted Malaysian citizenship due to a variety of reasons.


Fourteen Face Criminal Charges for Speaking Out

(New York, June 6, 2017) – Thai authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers who alleged that their employer violated their labor rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Proceedings in the case will begin in Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok on June 7, 2017.


By Lae Phyu Pya Myo Myint   |   Monday, 22 May 2017

On May 17, cities around the world celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

In Myanmar, where homosexuality is officially criminalised under colonial hangover law, Section 377, and where LGBT persons face discrimination and even violence, this year’s IDAHOT was especially pertinent.