Press Releases

Rights of Indigenous Peoples not “sincerely” implemented in ASEAN
5 March 2009 12:00 pm

Despite adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in September 2007 by all ASEAN countries, civil society organisations claim that there is a lack of "sincere implementation" of the declaration in the region. "Most ASEAN governments do not recognise the existence of indigenous peoples, even if they voted for [ Read more ]

Training tools built to advocate link between economic policies and human rights
15 February 2009 9:56 pm

ESCR-Net concluded its workshop "Bridging Trade, Investment, Finance and Human Rights: Pilot Project on the Agricultural Sector" in Bangkok, on 30 January 2009. The five-day workshop aimed to create tools to advocate the link between human rights and economic policies in agriculture. Fifteen people from Americas, Africa and Asia attended the workshop, which was hosted [ Read more ]

NGOs to address six “hot potatoes” at the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum
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The ASEAN Peoples' Forum media committee held a press conference on 12 February 2009 in Bangkok, and presented six main issues to be discussed upon during the forum. They correspond to the main subjects of the 14th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, on 27 February to 1 March.  The issues, named "hot potatoes" by [ Read more ]

The Timor Sea Is Rich with Fish but Its Fishermen Are Poor
30 September 2008 2:22 am

On 6 June 2008, HAK Association held a launching ceremony for two Indonesian language books, "The Timor Sea Is Rich with Fish but Its Fishermen Are Poor" and "Profile of Several Fisherman and NGOs". The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Mariano Sabino, and the National Fisheries Director, Mr. Acácio Guterres, attended the ceremony at HAK's auditorium [ Read more ]

A human rights defender threatened in Nepal for disclosing the truth
12 March 2008 5:51 am

A representative of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a FORUM-ASIA member organisation in Nepal, has received threats from Maoists, after the organisation published news he wrote in January. The story discloses Maoist cadres’ obstruction for contractors to submit applications for bidding for building projects. (Bangkok) A representative of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a FORUM-ASIA [ Read more ]

“Chindia”: the new regionalism may be corporate-driven
12 February 2008 5:50 am

Most of the 60 civil society representatives, who attended the 2nd General Forum of Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy in Bangkok, agreed that the fast growth of China and India in the region, known as “Chindia” can be another corporate-driven globalisation. (Bangkok) The fast growth of China and India in the region, known as “Chindia”, [ Read more ]

Sri Lankan Activist Sunila Abeysekera Selected for Global Human Rights Defender Award
11 October 2007 7:00 pm

Sunila Abeysekera, Executive Director of Information Monitor in Sri Lanka and member of the Executive Committee of FORUM-ASIA, has been selected for the Human Rights Watch’s Global Human Rights Defender Award 2007. Sunila Abeysekera, Executive Director of Information Monitor (INFORM), a FORUM-ASIA member organisation based in Sri Lanka, has been chosen for the prestigious Human [ Read more ]

Task Force Calls to Implement New Mechanisms for Migrant Workers
9 October 2007 7:00 pm

ASEAN member states must protect the rights of economic migrants. Participants of the ASEAN Manila Consultation on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers have developed a set of recommendations to address responses and solutions for this vulnerable group. Some 130 participants, including FORUM-ASIA, united to represent migrant workers, community groups and [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA’s Participation in the International Campaign on Burma
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FORUM-ASIA’s member and partner organisations have joined in a series of international solidarity campaigns in support of the people’s struggle in Burma through a variety of statements, press releases, rallies and protests. FORUM-ASIA’s member and partner organisations have engaged in solidarity action to pressure the governments and international communities to take proactive and meaningful measures [ Read more ]

22 Civil Society Organisations Appeal to the ASEAN Secretary General Designate on Burma
8 October 2007 4:41 am

On 4 October 2007, 22 organisations presented a letter to Surin Pitsuwon, ASEAN Secretary General Designate, urging him to lead ASEAN to “find a solution that ends the political stalemate in Burma.” On 4 October 2007, 22 organisations addressed a letter to Surin Pitsuwon, who recently was designated as the next Secretary General of the [ Read more ]