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Open Letter in Support of Continuing Recognition of Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun as Myanmar’s Permanent Representative at the UN General Assembly

To Permanent Representatives of Member States of the UN General Assembly 10 September 2021 Open Letter in Support of Continuing Recognition of Ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun as Myanmar’s Permanent Representative at the UN General Assembly Excellencies, We, the undersigned, representing a broad movement of 358 Myanmar and international civil society organizations, urge...

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters

(30 August 2021, Jakarta) ‒ Thailand should respect, protect and fulfil the right of its people to peaceful assembly and expression, and must immediately end the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Human Rights Lawyers Alliance...
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[RELEASE] Thailand: Drop Criminal Defamation Cases against Angkhana Neelapaijit and other Human Rights Defenders

(BANGKOK, August 12, 2021)–Thai authorities should protect human rights defenders from judicial harassment and dismiss criminal defamation complaints brought by Thai chicken company Thammakaset Company Limited, said Fortify Rights today. The Bangkok South Criminal Court is expected to decide on August 16 whether a case brought by Thammakaset against...

[Joint Press Release] Myanmar: ASEAN’s Humanitarian aid to Myanmar must not legitimize military junta

(Bangkok, 4 August 2021) – The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the rest of the international community must provide humanitarian assistance through the COVID-19 Task Force set up by the Ministry of Health under interim government of Myanmar – the National Unity Government (NUG) –  and Ethnic Health...

[Statement] Malaysia: End the intimidation of artists and human rights defenders

(3 July 2021, Bangkok) ‒ The Government of Malaysia must end its intimidation of artists and human rights defenders and protect the freedom of expression, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said in a statement today. On 2 July 2021, filmmaker Anna Har and cartoonist Amin Landak...

Cambodia: Government must end the persistent judicial harassment of environmental defenders

(24 June 2021, Bangkok) ‒ The Government of Cambodia must drop the charges against Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC) environmental defenders and immediately release them, said human rights groups Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Democracy Network (ADN), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Earth Rights International (ERI), and...

Philippines: International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s recommendation for a full investigation a step towards accountability

(15 June 2021, Bangkok) – Thousands of people who have fallen victim to the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines are now a step closer to justice should a recommendation for a full investigation into suspected crimes against humanity by International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda be accepted...

[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Failure to meet with all parties neglects ASEAN’s own five-point consensus

(7 June 2021, Jakarta) ‒ ASEAN’s continuous engagement with the brutal and illegitimate Myanmar military junta, while refusing to hold dialogues with the true representatives of the Myanmar people, is an affront to its own five-point consensus, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Progressive Voice and...

ASEAN: Stop enabling Myanmar’s military junta, support global arms embargo

(3 June 2021, Bangkok) ‒ The nine ASEAN Member States that seek to block a UN General Assembly draft resolution calling for a global arms embargo on Myanmar’s military junta are betraying the regional bloc’s commitment to the cessation of violence in Myanmar, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and...