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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...

Civic space obstructed: Singapore’s fundamental freedoms through the lens of the UPR

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) will host a webinar titled "Civic space obstructed: Singapore’s fundamental freedoms through the lens of the UPR" on September 29, 2021, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Bangkok/Jakarta Time) or from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (Geneva Time). This is...

Human Rights Situation in Myanmar: Eight Months After the Coup – Updates on the Ground

Join FORUM-ASIA and Progressive Voice at this side event of the 48th United Nations Human Rights Council Regular Session HRC 48 which will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 pm (CEST) /6:00 pm (Indochina Time). Myanmar people are continuing to resist the Military’s attempts to seize power in...

[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...

Defining Human Centric Cyber Security during COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia

  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Institute For Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) will organize a talk show format webinar entitled "Defining Human Centric Cyber Security during COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Asia," which will be conducted on September 1, 2021, at 1:00 pm to...

Call for Applications: ASEAN Human Rights Advocacy Academy

What is the ASEAN Human Rights Advocacy Academy? The ASEAN Human Rights Advocacy Academy is a 15-hour online capacity building workshop (spread into weekly sessions) for young activists and professionals in Southeast Asia on effective human rights advocacy in ASEAN. Organised by FORUM-ASIA, the Academy will bring together the expertise 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...

Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is cordially inviting everyone to attend the first day of the virtual conference titled ‘Human Rights in the time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’ which is scheduled on August 9, 2021, from 1:00 pm too 4:00 pm (Jakarta/Bangkok...