Publications

[Report] The Hands That Feed Us: Struggles of Women Agricultural Workers in Pakistan
23 December 2022 3:37 pm

Pakistan is the world’s fifth most populous country. Agriculture, directly and indirectly, employs 37.4 per cent of the country’s labour force, 70 per cent of whom are mostly located in rural areas. Not only do rural women receive fewer wages than men, but WAWs are susceptible to malnutrition, discrimination, violence and ill-treatment, including exploitation and [ Read more ]

[Report] Bent Roads: Exploring the Impact of Development Projects in Two Communities in Myanmar
14 December 2022 1:00 pm

This report outlines the findings from community-based research on gravel extraction and road building in two villages in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District, which is situated in the Karen National Union-controlled area of Myanmar. Based on qualitative research, it outlines the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of extraction and construction projects on the two communities, whilst [ Read more ]

[Report] Mining Away Freedoms: Testimonies from Communities Fighting for their Rights in the Philippines
9 December 2022 10:27 am

Mining has always been a deeply contentious issue in the Philippines. For decades, the government has prioritised the country’s mineral wealth to boost economic growth, often at the cost of human rights and sustainable development. The report, “Mining Away Freedoms: Testimonies from Communities Fighting for their Rights in the Philippines” provides a space for voices [ Read more ]

[Report] Justice in Waiting: Kumtor and a community’s struggle for their rights
5 December 2022 1:30 pm

For more than two decades, the Kumtor Gold Mine has been at the centre of Kyrgyzstan’s ambition to mineral wealth and economic growth. This has long caused friction between proponents of prioritising the economy on the one hand, and the generations bearing the brunt of the ecological impacts of the mine on the other. Justice [ Read more ]

[Publication] Connecting the Dots: Artist Protection & Artistic Freedom in Asia
14 October 2022 12:52 pm

Threats against free expression and artistic freedom in Asia continue to rise, with artists becoming increasingly vulnerable to violent attacks, censorship, and persecution. Artists throughout the region have been particularly impacted by a recent spate of legislative efforts that seek to encroach on digital security rights, curb “fake news,” and suppress criticism against the government [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Annual Report 2021: Charting a Year of Human Rights Resilience in Asia
26 September 2022 11:31 am

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present its 2021 Annual Report. In light of the constantly changing COVID-19 environment, from hardships to improvements, FORUM-ASIA has continued to adapt to meet the evolving demands within our organisation to help and contribute to our members as they work toward the ultimate objective of promoting and protecting human rights throughout [ Read more ]

[Report] Defenders in Asia: Holding the Line Amid Mounting Challenges
20 July 2022 2:58 pm

For the PDF version of this publication, click here ** As human rights defenders (HRDs) of Asia work relentlessly to advance and uphold human rights in the region, they also face strong backlash and harassment from both State and non-State actors. On 8 March 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), with [ Read more ]

[Report] Making Institutions Count: Strengthening Support for Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Asia by National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)
26 April 2022 11:10 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), as the Secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) are proud to present the new publication, ‘Making Institutions Count: Strengthening Support for WHRDs in Asia by NHRIS.’ Across Asia, women [ Read more ]

[Report] 2021: Fundamental Freedoms in South Asia
7 April 2022 2:18 pm

Civic space is under attack in South Asia. Across the region, increasingly authoritarian governments are relying on a wide range of repressive laws and other tactics to silence criticism, a trend that only intensified in 2021. While the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is the starkest example of this, almost all other countries saw alarming restrictions [ Read more ]

Booklet: The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other Resources – a booklet for defenders
28 January 2022 12:42 pm

The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other resources A booklet for defenders FORUM-ASIA recognises the need to address the ongoing trends of violations against human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia, and their key role in ensuring that everyone’s human rights are protected and fulfilled. To this end, FORUM-ASIA has produced a booklet explanatory of [ Read more ]