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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...

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 and Development (FORUM-ASIA),...

[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...

ASEAN must not compromise freedom of expression in response to COVID-19

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 21 April 2020) — ASEAN Member States banding together to combat misinformation and fake news during the COVID-19 pandemic spells grave concern, given the atrocious track record of the freedom of expression by its Governments. ‘Since the pandemic began, we have seen laws tighten to stifle free expression and dozens...

Southeast Asian states should heed call for global ceasefire, ensure conflict sensitivity and human rights in responding to COVID19 crisis

Joint-Statement ASEAN urged to heed UN Sec-Gen call for ceasefire, ensure human rights amid COVID19 Southeast Asian states should heed the call for a global ceasefire, ensure conflict sensitivity and human rights in responding to COVID19 crisis We the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals, strongly urge the Member-States of the...

[Joint Statement] ASEAN must uphold human rights in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 20 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, together with the Solidarity for ASEAN Peoples’ Advocacy and the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned with the lack of a human rights focus in the current response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by the Association of...

Philippines: Respect Fundamental Rights amidst Community Quarantines

(Bangkok, 16 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country. FORUM-ASIA expresses alarm at...