Press Releases

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 ]

APPPB Updates on Recent Developments in Burma
3 October 2007 7:00 pm

The Asia-Pacific Peoples' Partnership on Burma (APPPB) provides daily updates on the situation on the ground in Burma. A note from FORUM-ASIA This is a daily update from the Asia-Pacific Peoples' Partnership on Burma (APPPB). You can access the most up-to-date news on the situation on the ground in Burma at: http://www.apppb.blogspot.com/ For more information, [ Read more ]

122 Human Rights Groups in Asia-Pacific Call for a Special Session on Burma
28 September 2007 6:15 am

122 human rights organisations, representing every sector of civil society, join hands in writing an open letter to Ambassador Doru-Romulus Costea, the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) calling for the HRC to convene a special session on the human rights situation in Burma. This is one of the largest shows of solidarity to [ Read more ]

Tough security laws unleashed on Malaysians
31 December 2006 7:00 pm

On 13 December the government of Malaysia unleashed the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) on five organisers of the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF), which led a peaceful rally calling for ethnic minority rights held in Kuala Lumpur in November. Malaysia has breached two fundamental freedoms: right to freedom of expression and assembly. The Internal [ Read more ]

Extrajudicial killings in Philippines still persist
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In a report on 26 November, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary of arbitrary executions, Philip Alston said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had killed left-wing activists as part of their campaign against communist insurgents and civil society leaders. Although the number of killings decreased, extrajudicial killings still persist. The Philippines [ Read more ]