Brief: One Vision, Different Responses: An Analysis of ASEAN Member States’ Responses to the Myanmar Coup and Recommendations
22 April 2021 1:00 pm

Since the Myanmar military seized power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, military forces have arbitrarily arrested, charged or sentenced at least 3,331 people and killed at least 739 others, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.1 The military is now increasingly repressing independent media through raids, filing lawsuits against reporters, and [ Read more ]

[Publication] Impunity Report in South Asia
17 January 2021 8:53 am

Impunity is the absence of accountability and the rule of law. Impunity is defined in an international human rights instruments as the ‘impossibility, de jure or de facto, of bringing perpetrators of violations to account’, in criminal, civil, administrative or disciplinary proceedings, because such perpetrators are not made subject to inquiries that will allow them [ Read more ]

Brief: National Human Rights Institutions’ Responses to COVID-19
21 December 2020 4:00 am

There have been more than 46 million cases, including more than 1.2 million deaths across the world[i] (up to 31 October 2020) since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020. The continued prevalence of this global health emergency worldwide has been an unprecedented occurrence in recent [ Read more ]

Report: Human Rights in South Asia in Times of Pandemic
25 November 2020 4:00 pm

  The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time considered to be the biggest public health crisis in recent history and has presented a tremendous challenge to our societies. Globally, the pandemic has caused immense health and socio-economic problems. More than 59 million people have tested positive for the virus with [ Read more ]

Briefing Paper: Pervasive Hate Speech and the Role of Facebook in Myanmar
4 November 2020 9:18 pm

Myanmar is scheduled to hold its elections on 8 November 2020. The run-up to the elections has been characterised by the continued exclusion of the Rohingya. The country’s 1982 Citizenship Law, which deprived the Rohingya of their citizenship, has been used to deprive them of the right to participate in these elections. In the year [ Read more ]

Report on the ACWC+10: Assessing the Commission’s Impact on Protecting Women and Children’s Rights in ASEAN
8 October 2020 11:08 am

As part of its advocacy on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) human rights mechanisms, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Solidarity for ASEAN People’s Advocacy (SAPA) produce an annual assessment of the performance of the ASEAN human rights mechanisms: the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and [ Read more ]

Working Paper Series 8: Climate Justice – Navigating the Discourse
30 September 2020 11:42 am

As notably highlighted by the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, climate change represents the ultimate challenge to humankind, with those living in poverty destined to be the most negatively affected group across the globe. In this complex scenario, the concept of climate justice stands out as a [ Read more ]

Report from FORUM-ASIA Webinar Series: The Status of Human Rights in Southeast Asia during COVID-19 Pandemic
31 August 2020 5:56 pm

Human Rights in Southeast Asia in Times of Pandemic In the ASEAN region as elsewhere in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a genuine health emergency, prompting governments to take extraordinary, unprecedented measures in an effort to curb its lethal impact. While measures were taken by ASEAN Member States to genuinely combat the proliferation [ Read more ]

COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It
26 June 2020 11:57 am

On the occasion of the 36th ASEAN Summit, FORUM-ASIA is proud to present ‘COVID-19 in ASEAN: The Human Rights Crisis and How To End It’. The briefing paper is a synthesis of FORUM-ASIA’s documentation work, rapid assessments and salient points from the webinar series on the status of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. It [ Read more ]

Advocacy in Restricted Spaces: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organizations
17 June 2020 7:30 pm

Advocacy in Restricted Spaces: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organizations is a menu of options to encourage new ideas about conducting advocacy in difficult contexts. The toolkit is produced by Lifeline, a consortium which FORUM-ASIA is pleased to be a part of, that aims to push back against civic space threats. The toolkit is a [ Read more ]