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[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...
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[Joint Statement] Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

(25 May 2021) ‒ We, the undersigned international human rights organisations, call on the Cambodian government to immediately stop its assault on freedom of expression in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, the government has warned against public criticism of its actions, prevented independent journalists from...

ASEAN: Implement Five-Point Consensus without further delay; allow meaningful civil society participation

(Jakarta, 24 May 2021) ‒ The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has yet to make meaningful progress towards implementing the ASEAN five-point consensus since the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting exactly one month ago, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. Aiming to tackle the deteriorating socio-political crisis...

[Joint Statement] The Philippines: Immediately rescind Executive Order 130, reject OceanaGold’s mining permit renewal

(Bangkok, 20 May 2021) – The Philippine government must immediately rescind Executive Order (EO) 130 and reject OceanaGold’s mining permit renewal as it imperils every Filipinos’ constitutional right to a safe and healthy environment. The Executive Order also guarantees continued impunity in a country dubbed as one of the most...
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[Joint Statement] Thailand: NGO law would strike ‘severe blow’ to human rights

(Bangkok, 2 April 2021) The Thai authorities’ adoption of a draft law to regulate non-profit groups would strike a severe blow to human rights in Thailand, several international organizations said today. The bill is the latest effort by the Thai government to pass repressive legislation to muzzle civil society...

Cambodia: Convictions of environmental defenders clear cases of reprisals

Following the conviction of Mother Nature Cambodia’s environmental defenders for incitement, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The convictions of Mother Nature’s environmental defenders Phuon Keoreaksmey, Long Kunthea, Thun Ratha, Chea Kunthin and Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson yesterday are clear cases of reprisals aimed at silencing environmental defenders who have continuously advocated...