Press Releases

[Media Lines] Cambodia: Convictions of environmental defenders clear cases of reprisals
6 May 2021 11:18 am

Following the conviction of Mother Nature Cambodia’s environmental defenders for incitement, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The convictions of Mother Nature’s environmental defenders Phuon Keoreaksmey, Long Kunthea, Thun Ratha, Chea Kunthin and Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson yesterday are clear cases of reprisals aimed at silencing environmental defenders who have continuously advocated against the destructive impact [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Thailand: Grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak
30 April 2021 6:59 pm

On the deteriorating health of Thai pro-democracy activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthi said: The Court must immediately grant bail to human rights activists Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak and Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanak, who are facing deteriorating health issues after 47 and 32 days of hunger strike, respectively. While [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] FORUM-ASIA’s response to today’s ASEAN Summit on Myanmar: Failure in addressing the Myanmar crisis is a failure to uphold human rights and democracy in the region
24 April 2021 5:50 pm

In response to the Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar held today, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: ASEAN’s failure to address the crisis in Myanmar is a failure to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights in the region. Turning what was set to be a Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar into an [ Read more ]

Hong Kong: The International community must show strong support for Hong Kong through diplomatic pressure and international action
15 March 2021 5:07 pm

(Bangkok, 15 March 2021) – ‘We urge the UN Human Rights Council to call on Hong Kong and Chinese authorities to ensure the protection of fundamental human rights in Hong Kong in line with international human rights law,’ panellists said at a civil society side event[1] at the 46th regular session of the United Nations [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Singapore: FORUM-ASIA urges the end of harassment and intimidation of New Naratif; calls for protection of press freedom
5 March 2021 10:35 am

Ahead of New Naratif Managing Director Dr Thum Ping Tjin’s police questioning due 5 March 2021, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA calls on the government of Singapore to withdraw its police report, repeal repressive laws such as the Parliamentary Actions Act, and end its intimidation against independent media. Attempts to silence critical [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Myanmar: The relentless and intensifying violence on peaceful protesters must stop now
4 March 2021 9:32 pm

Following the bloodiest day (3 March 2021) and  since the start of the coup in Myanmar on 1 February, FORUM-ASIA’s Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: FORUM-ASIA stands in solidarity with Myanmar’s peaceful protesters as we continue to condemn the relentless and intensifying violence by Myanmar military and security forces against peaceful protestors. Yesterday alone, [ Read more ]

Gender perspectives needed for rights to free speech
16 February 2021 3:10 pm

(Bangkok, 16 February 2021) ‒ ‘Freedom of expression and the freedom of information ‒ to speak freely, to participate in public debate, to report the news and to harness digital technology ‒ are rights which are greatly influenced by sex, sexuality and gender,’ panellists said at a webinar on women’s rights and free speech in [ Read more ]

International Human Rights Defenders Day 2020
9 December 2020 11:00 am

Human rights defenders continue fighting for rights amid mounting challenges (Bangkok, 9 December 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has put human rights defenders further at risks, especially in countries where they are vilified for carrying out their legitimate work, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said in conjunction with the International Human [ Read more ]

Hong Kong: Cease the prosecution of pro-democracy activists
3 December 2020 6:57 pm

In response to Hong Kong’s sentencing of pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam yesterday, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director said: Hong Kong should immediately and unconditionally release pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam. The continuing judicial harassment  against them constitutes an immense violation of their fundamental rights to [ Read more ]

Myanmar: A flawed election process amidst continuous exclusion of minorities and assault on civic space
5 November 2020 2:36 pm

(Bangkok, 5 November 2020) ‒ Myanmar’s election process perpetuates existing systematic and structural inequalities and discrimination, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled on 8 November. ‘Myanmar’s elections have been characterised by the continued disenfranchisement of its ethnic minority groups, particularly the Rohingya, and the use of [ Read more ]