News Updates

01.08.2018

SPEAKING NOTES OF
DATO' SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MALAYSIA
AT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING (AMM) AND THE ASEAN INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS (AICHR)

SINGAPORE
1 AUGUST 2017

Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.

Your Excellencies and distinguished AICHR Representatives.

01.08.2018

The Myanmar government has set up an independent commission to investigate the allegation of human-rights violations in the country’s Rakhine State.

31.07.2018

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) urged Indonesia to lead the ASEAN in addressing human rights violations in Cambodia, peaking during and after the election on July 29, that may threat regional stability.

29.07.2018

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The 57-year old farmer in a rural northern Cambodian province has voted in every election since the U.N.-led effort to bring democracy to this country a quarter century ago.

This time, he’s staying home.

“In this election, my vote is useless,” said Khorngson Phumpihean, in an interview from Ratanakiri province, which borders Laos and Vietnam. “Everything in this election is unjust.”

29.07.2018

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development  (FORUM‐ASIA) and its member from Singapore,  Think  Centre, have expressed their concerns over charges ordered by  Attorney  General’s Chambers of Singapore against social worker and human rights activist, Jolovan Wham.

26.07.2018

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday it will not be sending election monitors to Cambodia for a general election this weekend, although Tokyo - a major donor to the Southeast Asian nation - has sent such observers for numerous elections in the past.

24.07.2018

Pink Dot SG marked a momentous 10 years with a confident and strong statement on 21st July. Singapore’s largest LGBTQ-affirming movement echoed three simple yet powerful words to a sea of pink lights created by thousands of attendees at their event last weekend - We Are Ready.

23.07.2018

As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepared for his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, his third since assuming power in 2016, protesters took to the streets in and around Manila. Police expected around 40,000 protesters against his administration and 40,000 in favor of the controversial leader.

20.06.2018

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.

13.06.2018

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

11.06.2018

(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.

08.05.2018

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

8 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

20.04.2018

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.

17.04.2018

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.

30.09.2017

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

27.09.2017

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.

13.07.2017

July 12, 2017 by Eduardo C. Tadem

13.07.2017

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.

13.07.2017

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.

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