Press Releases

[Media Lines] Indonesia: End the relentless judicial harassment against Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar
18 January 2022 4:51 pm

Regarding today’s forced summons of human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The harassment of Fatia and Haris earlier today reflects the Indonesian government’s continuous use of reprisals against human rights defenders. Approximately 8:00 am, five police officers arrived at Fatia’s residence, and another four arrived at [ Read more ]

[Press Release] ANNI Report: Independent and Effective National Human Rights Institutions Could Change Human Rights Landscape in Asia
9 December 2021 3:46 pm

ANNI Report: Independent and Effective National Human Rights Institutions Could Change Human Rights Landscape in Asia The human rights situation in 11 Asian countries continued to deteriorate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Civic spaces continued to shrink, and human rights defenders persisted to work in precarious conditions with minimal protection. Draconian laws and [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Revocation of bail for youth activist Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul’s highlights continuing harassment of human rights activists
24 November 2021 3:24 pm

On the revocation of bail for youth pro-democracy activist ‘Rung’ Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul by the Thailand Criminal Court on 22 November, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: The courts have an obligation to ensure the right to a fair trial for Rung and other human rights defenders, regardless of their political views. [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Singapore must expand civic space and end undue restrictions on fundamental freedoms: UN Human Rights Council Side Event
30 September 2021 4:01 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 30 September 2021) – Amidst emerging threats to civic space, representatives from civil society called on Singapore’s Government to abide by its international legal obligations and commitments to respect fundamental freedoms in a Human Rights Council side event held on 29 September, a day before the adoption of the outcomes from Singapore’s Universal Periodic [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Philippines: ICC investigation on the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ paves the way towards accountability
16 September 2021 6:31 pm

On the opening of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation on alleged ‘crimes against humanity’ in the Philippines, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA welcomes the International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision to open an investigation on the Philippines, and supports its efforts towards accountability for the crimes against humanity in the context [ Read more ]

[Media lines] Thailand: Government must end violence and judicial harassment of protestors
9 August 2021 6:24 pm

Following the use of disproportionate force against protestors on 7 August, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said: Despite its obligations under international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of assembly, the government of Thailand has continued to use disproportionate force against protestors by firing water [ Read more ]

[Joint Press Release] Myanmar: ASEAN’s Humanitarian aid to Myanmar must not legitimize military junta
4 August 2021 10:11 am

(Bangkok, 4 August 2021) – The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the rest of the international community must provide humanitarian assistance through the COVID-19 Task Force set up by the Ministry of Health under interim government of Myanmar – the National Unity Government (NUG) –  and Ethnic Health Organizations, as well as [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Release arrested protestors; respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly
2 August 2021 6:01 pm

In response to police violence against peaceful protesters  on 1 August, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said As signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Thailand has an obligation to ensure the freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including by abstaining from violent means of dispersal and proactively facilitating assemblies. Reports of police using tear gas and rubber bullets against [ Read more ]

[Press Release and Publication] Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia
1 July 2021 5:35 pm

The climate for artists across South, Southeast and East Asia is increasingly hostile, with the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing to pose a serious threat to artistic freedom and the specter of censorship jeopardizing artists’ ability to work and speak out. In a new publication called Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia from PEN America’s [ Read more ]

[Press Release] FORUM-ASIA Report: Human rights defenders in Asia prevail amidst worsening trends of violations and human rights implications of COVID-19
30 June 2021 3:38 pm

For immediate release 30 June 2021, Bangkok FORUM-ASIA Report: Human rights defenders in Asia prevail amidst worsening trends of violations and human rights implications of COVID-19 Regional trend illustrates how Asia is an increasingly dangerous place for those who work in defense of human rights, with 1,073 cases recorded across 21 countries. At least 3,046 [ Read more ]