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Joint Statement: President of the Philippines should be held accountable for attacks against human rights defenders

(11 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisations in the Philippines strongly condemn Philippine President Duterte’s recent tirades against human rights groups. In a speech delivered on 9 January 2019, he accused human rights groups of being ‘enemies of...
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‘Civil and political rights, such as freedom of expression and association, cannot be fully realised unless you have economic, social and cultural rights safeguarded.’ – Interview with Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of F

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhakal, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Chairperson of Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Nepal. As a human rights defender, Suresh shared with us his experiences with the...
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Singapore: End Judicial Harassment of Jolovan Wham, Respect the Right to Freedom of Expression

(7 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the conviction of Singaporean human rights defender Jolovan Wham for violating the 2009 Public Order Act. The case against him highlights the Singaporean Government’s tightening grip on civil society. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Singaporean...

Appointment of Singapore’s Representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

The Government of Singapore has appointed Dr Shashi Jayakumar as Singapore’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).  Dr Jayakumar’s term of service will begin on 1 January 2019.  Associate Professor Eugene Tan has been appointed as Singapore’s alternate Representative to the AICHR.  In the absence...
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Thailand: Drop defamation complaints against rights defenders

(3 December 2018, Bangkok) – We, the 16 undersigned organizations, call on the Thai authorities and Thammakaset Company Limited to ensure that the criminal and civil defamation complaints brought by the company against human rights defenders Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri for bringing attention to labor rights violations at...

Open Letter: Enacting Domestic Law on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines

TO: Hon. Deloso-Montalla, Chairperson CC: Ms. Fely D. Parcon, Committee Secretary House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights in the Philippines, 3/F RVM Building, House of Representatives, Quezon City, the Philippines 30 November 2018, Bangkok RE: Enacting Domestic Law on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines Dear Honourable Chairperson Deloso-Montalla, The Asian Forum for...
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8th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum- Bali Declaration

8th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum Bali Declaration (Adopted in Bali, Indonesia, on 28 September 2018) We, 152 human rights defenders (HRDs) from 26 countries across Asia and beyond, participating in the 8th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum held in Bali, Indonesia from 26-28 September 2018, adopt this declaration: Asserting our...
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International Women Human Rights Defenders Day 2018

The 29th of November is the International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders. This day is dedicated to celebrating and honouring brave women human rights defenders across the world that stand up for their rights, and the rights of others. Many do this at the cost of being harassed,...

ASEAN should uphold the principle of democracy and strengthen its human rights institutions

(Bangkok, 15 November 2018) – Today, as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concludes its 33rd Summit and hands over its Chairship to Thailand, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on ASEAN to prioritise the strengthening of democracy and the promotion and protection of...

JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity in Cambodia

JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs call on authorities to step up the fight against endemic impunity in Cambodia Phnom Penh, 1 November 2018 – On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we, the undersigned civil society groups and communities, condemn the ongoing impunity enjoyed by...