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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...

Joint Statement to ASEAN Leaders: No voluntary return without addressing the root causes of crisis experienced by Rohingya

(Bangkok, 12 November 2018) – In the event of the 33rd ASEAN Summit on 13-15 November 2018, we, the undersigned civil society organisations, express our concern on the initiative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), propelled by foreign ministers of Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, to visit Myanmar...
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Joint Civil Society Statement for AICHR Symposium 2018

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, applaud the AICHR for convening the AICHR and CSOs interface meeting within the “AICHR Training/Symposium” in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 13 – 15 October 2018, as a follow up to the CSOs, AICHR and relevant bodies’ interface meeting in November 2017. We note AICHR’s...

Joint Statement: Myanmar to Immediately Release Journalists

(Bangkok, 12 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Equality Myanmar and Progressive Voice condemn the recent arrests of three journalists from Eleven Media – Nayi Min, Kyaw Zaw Linn and Phyo Wai Win. It is a worrying deterioration of press freedom and freedom...

FORUM-ASIA Welcomes Malaysia’s move to Abolish the Death Penalty

(Bangkok, 12 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the Malaysian Government’s recent announcement that it is set to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. This news came as the world commemorated the 16th World Day against the Death Penalty. FORUM-ASIA encourages...

Joint Statement: Call for Asian Countries to End the Death Penalty and Respect the Right to Life

(Bangkok, 10 October 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and 29 civil society organisations in Asia condemn the recent imposition of the death penalty by the Singaporean authorities on Abdul Wahid Bin Ismail, Mohsen Bin Na’im, and Zainudin bin Mohamed. All three were convicted...
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Working Paper Series 4: Sustainable Development Goals – A Human Rights Based Approach

The human rights based approach to sustainable development is a key thematic priority of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). While fostering knowledge and advocacy in human rights and development, FORUM-ASIA’s Working Paper Series 4 aims to provide a historical perspective of the concept of development as...
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ASEAN: Collaborate with civil society to eradicate violence against women and children

(Jakarta, 26 September 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) to ensure inclusive and meaningful engagement with civil society in protecting and promoting women’s and children’s rights,...