Press Releases

[Joint Press Release] India: UN body petitioned over ongoing detention of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender
22 November 2022 5:00 pm

Paris-Geneva, November 22, 2022 – On the first-year anniversary of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez’s arrest and detention, four human rights organisations have submitted a complaint to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. “The detention of Khurram Parvez carries all the signs of an arbitrary detention in clear breach of [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Afghanistan: One year of Taliban takeover, standing in solidarity with people of Afghanistan and calling for accountability against Taliban
17 August 2022 2:07 pm

For immediate release 17 August 2022, Bangkok Reflecting on one year takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban on 15 August 2021, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO), and Afghanistan Human Rights Coordination Mechanism (AHRCM) organised a webinar to discuss the situation of human rights and human [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Sri Lanka: Condemn those aiding president Gotabaya Rajapaksa evade accountability
13 July 2022 7:03 pm

In response to the declaration of a state of emergency in Sri Lanka following President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s escape to the Maldives, Omer Dawoodjee, FORUM-ASIA Interim Executive Director said: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to flee the country amidst the ongoing crisis is clearly an attempt to escape accountability for grave crimes he is credibly implicated in [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Sri Lanka: Facilitate peoples’ right to dissent at 9 July mass protest
8 July 2022 3:24 pm

Sri Lanka: Facilitate peoples’ right to dissent at 9 July mass protest Ahead of the anticipated mass protest on 9 July in Colombo demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Government as the country goes through its worst economic crisis on record, FORUM-ASIA says: As Sri Lanka faces its worst economic crisis in history [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Stop using force against protestors and protect fundamental freedoms
29 April 2022 5:50 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 29 April 2022) – The excessive use of force by security personnel on peaceful protestors in Sri Lanka on 19 April has led to the death of a peaceful protestor. FORUM ASIA strongly condemns the crackdown by Sri Lankan authorities on the peaceful protestors who were exercising their fundamental rights. The Police’s excessive and [ Read more ]

[Press Release] FORUM-ASIA Report: National Human Rights Institutions need to be gender-responsive to better protect women human rights defenders in Asia
27 April 2022 11:27 am

For immediate release 27 April 2022, Bangkok Documentation by FORUM-ASIA reveals that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) continued to be the second-most targeted group of defenders between 2019 – 2021, with 460 cases of violations out of 1,899 total cases recorded across 21 Asian countries, or nearly one violation out of every four documented. The [ Read more ]

[HRC 49 Joint Press Release] Hold the Myanmar military accountable for grave crimes
23 March 2022 10:50 am

Time for UN to pursue justice Hold the Myanmar military accountable for grave crimes [22 March 2022] “UN must explore all possible ways to prosecute Myanmar military leaders and hold them accountable for genocide and atrocity crimes” said Human Rights Defenders from Myanmar in an online event as they engaged with the UN Human Rights [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: First conviction under Article 112 for protest act sets a disturbing precedent for civic space
9 March 2022 11:44 am

Following the conviction of Narin — a protester who placed a sticker over the Thai King’s portrait — under Article 112 (lese majeste) on Friday, 4 March 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) said:   The conviction of Narin under [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] ASEAN: ASEAN must block Myanmar’s military junta participation from all its platforms
17 February 2022 1:57 pm

ASEAN must block Myanmar’s military junta participation from all its platforms In response to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting taking place this week, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA welcomes the exclusion of the Myanmar military junta’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat, and reiterates its call to ensure [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Myanmar: Hold the Junta Accountable
1 February 2022 2:19 pm

Human Rights Defenders call on ASEAN and the international community to hold the junta accountable for grave human rights violations and atrocity crimes in Myanmar ‘ASEAN must urgently step up to address the atrocities in Myanmar,’ said human rights defenders from Myanmar and Indonesia in a press briefing held to mark the one year anniversary [ Read more ]