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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...

Myanmar: Drop charges against Reuters and lawmaker Maun Kyaw Zan and repeal criminal defamation laws

(Bangkok, 11 March 2020) – The Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the use of criminal defamation against news agency Reuters and local lawmaker Maung Kyaw Zan. FORUM-ASIA urges the Myanmar military to immediately drop these charges and abide by its obligations to protect the Rohingya...

Myanmar: End impunity and violence against ethnic and religious minorities

(Geneva/Bangkok/Yangon, 11 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD), Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) and Progressive Voice (PV), call on the Member and Observer States to the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”) to ensure an end to...

ASEAN: End systemic violence against womxn in Southeast Asia

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 10 March 2020) – In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2020, the Asian Forum for Development and Human Rights (FORUM-ASIA) is calling on Member States of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to enact legislation to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in the region. Apart from legislation,...

FORUM-ASIA: Statement to the Committee on Public Services regarding the Resolutions on ABS-CBN Franchise Renewal

(24 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) thanks the Committee on Public Services for its invitation to participate in the deliberations on the resolutions concerning ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. FORUM-ASIA appreciates efforts by the Committee to ensure civil society voices are considered in their...

Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders Duterte Critic Leila de Lima Held 3 Years on Fabricated Charges

For Immediate Release Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders Duterte Critic Leila de Lima Held 3 Years on Fabricated Charges (Manila, February 20, 2020) – Philippine authorities should immediately release Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for three years, and drop the politically motivated charges against her, Amnesty...

[Joint Statement] Singapore: Use of Anti-Fake News Law reveals institutional framework that undermines the promotion and protection of human rights

Singapore: Use of Anti-Fake News Law reveals institutional framework that undermines the promotion and protection of human rights (11 February 2020) – Think Centre and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) are gravely concerned about the recent use of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act...

In 2020 ASEAN must continue to strengthen its human rights mechanism and integrate peoples’ interest in its agenda

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 15 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Vietnam as the Chair of the Association of South East Asians Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. FORUM-ASIA calls on the association and its Member States to prioritise addressing the struggles of its people, particularly the...

[Joint Statement] ASEAN Member States should respect fundamental freedoms

(Bangkok, 14 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members Pusat KOMAS and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) from Malaysia, and Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS) from Indonesia, strongly condemns the recent tactics used by the Cambodian Government...

Civil society groups convey concern about human rights to ASEAN leaders

(Bangkok, 2 November 2019) – Today, for the first time in five years, a formal inter-face meeting took place between ASEAN Foreign Ministers and representatives of ASEAN civil society groups. The civil society organisations came as representatives of the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum (ACSC/APF), which was held...