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Think Centre’s concerns on distressed migrant workers during the pandemic

Think Centre expresses concern over the recent spate of incidents involving distressed migrant workers residing in purpose-built-dormitories. Migrant workers are undeniably one of the biggest groups affected by the COVID-19 since it broke out among the dormitories in early April. Early control measures involved the massive shifting of many workers...

ASEAN Must Ensure Protection for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Region

Bangkok, 20 June 2020: On the occasion of World Refugee Day 2020, and ahead of the 36th ASEAN Virtual Summit on 26 June, we, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Progressive Voice (PV), call upon ASEAN leaders to...

Investigate systemic discrimination and violence against human rights defendersspeaking on Papua

  (Geneva, 18 June 2020) ‒ Systematic attacks targeting activists and groups vocal on human rights violations against Papuans smacks of growing authoritarianism in Indonesia, rights groups said today. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and eight of its members in Indonesia condemn the...

Philippines: Conviction of Maria Ressa and Santos Jr. is a blatant attack against democracy

  (Bangkok, 15 June 2020) – The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. over cyber libel charges today sends a chilling message that the Philippine people are now a target, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. Today, the Manila Regional...

Indonesia: Drop charges against seven Papuan political prisoners

  Indonesia: Drop charges against seven Papuan political prisoners In response to the upcoming trials to be held during the week of 14 June against seven Papuan activists and students being charged with treason for their involvement in anti-racism protests in August 2019, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director said: The charges...

Singapore: End the judicial harassment of Jolovan Wham; repeal Public Order Act

(Bangkok/Singapore, 29 May 2020) – The summoning of activist Jolovan Wham by the Singaporean authorities for posting a picture on social media, including on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, points to an escalating repression of human rights defenders in the country. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human Rights...

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Must Ensure Human Rights are Protected amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Bangkok/Yangon, 27 May 2020) – The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) needs to fully exercise its powers and functions effectively, efficiently and fearlessly to make up for its disappointing lack of intervention on human rights violations exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, rights groups said today. The Asian NGO Network...

Survey on the ACWC 10 Years Performance Report – FORUM-ASIA

Greetings! You are invited to participate in this online survey on Assessing the impact of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC).  This year marks the 10th year since ACWC was established. In recognition of this event, this survey is conducted...

Indonesia: Government must stop any attempt of criminalisation against activist Ravio Patra and bring the real perpetrators to justice

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 24 April 2020) – The arrest of activist Ravio Patra points towards a new and worrying form of criminalising dissent in Indonesia – one that holds the victim of a cybercrime attack responsible for the action of the real perpetrators. In a joint statement, the Asian Forum for Human...