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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,...
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Joint Statement: Civil society condemns the wrongful conviction of Cambodian human rights defenders

(Jakarta, 27 September 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, Freedom House, and Front Line Defenders condemn yesterday’s conviction of four human rights defenders from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and a National Election Committee (NEC) official, in what we see...
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Cambodia: Ensure a fair trial for the Cambodian human rights defenders

Cambodia: Ensure a fair trial for the Cambodian human rights defenders (Bangkok, 17 September 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of Cambodia to ensure a fair trial for five Cambodian human rights defenders facing trial tomorrow, and to end the ongoing harassment...
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Myanmar: Government fails to protect Press Freedom

(Bangkok, 3 September 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly denounces the verdict of the Insein Court in Yangon today that sentenced two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – for breaching section 3(1)(c) of the 1923 Official Secrets Act. The pair...