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[Joint Statement] ASEAN Member States should respect fundamental freedoms

(Bangkok, 14 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members Pusat KOMAS and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) from Malaysia, and Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS) from Indonesia, strongly condemns the recent tactics used by the Cambodian Government...

Civil society groups convey concern about human rights to ASEAN leaders

(Bangkok, 2 November 2019) – Today, for the first time in five years, a formal inter-face meeting took place between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and representatives of ASEAN civil society groups. The civil society organisations came as representatives of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), which was held...

Indonesia: ASEAN Human Rights Body needs to be proactive on addressing the situation in Papua

(Bangkok, 16 September 2019) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members in Indonesia, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial), the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Indonesian...

Statement of the Asia-Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives during the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) 2019

12 Sept 2019 – Bangkok, Thailand We are communities and organizations all over the Asia-Pacific region who have come together to pursue protection and fulfillment of human rights and challenge destruct I’ve mining projects and the extractivist economy. We represent farmers, fishermen,...
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Joint Open Letter: Urgent concern about the 2013 Syariah Penal Code of Brunei Darussalam

April 10, 2019 Dr. Amara Pongsapich Chairperson Thailand Representative and Chair to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Re: Urgent concern about the 2013 Syariah Penal Code of Brunei Darussalam Dear Dr. Pongsapich: The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus (ASC), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and...
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Malaysia: Stop Persecution of Women Human Rights Defenders and LGBTIQ Community

(12 March 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Pusat KOMAS, and the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus express grave concern over the public reaction from conservative groups and government officials to the Women’s March on 9 March 2019. Particularly the backlash received...
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Indonesia: Release Robertus Robet!

(Bangkok, 7 March 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the arrest of Robertus Robet, academic and human rights defender, last night on 6 March around 23:30. Robet is being accused of criminal defamation under Article 45 (2) and 28 (2) of the...
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In Solidarity with Jolovan Wham

(Bangkok, 27 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) stands in solidarity with human rights defender Jolovan Wham, as he faces a sentence of sixteen days of imprisonment for violating the Public Order Act. His sentencing highlights Singapore’s tightening grip on civil society and...
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Philippines: Drop cyber-libel charges against Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Statement on Maria Ressa and Rappler Feb 2019 (6 February 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the indictment of the founder of online news site Rappler, Maria Ressa and one of its former reporters, Reynaldo Santos Jr. The two were indicted for...
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Now is the time for ASEAN to show its commitment to human rights

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 18 January 2019) – While the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ (AMM) Retreat is taking place on 17 – 18 January 2019 in Chiang Mai, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to urgently address human rights violations in...