Open Letters

[Joint Open Letter] Thailand: Thai officials must drop all the ongoing prosecutions under the Emergency Decree
10 November 2022 3:04 pm

Dear Honorable Ambassador, We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are writing to express our serious concern regarding the ongoing impact of the implementation of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation B.E. 2548 (“Emergency Decree”) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Thailand. We are troubled by reports of the continuing prosecution of individuals [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] India: Request for your immediate intervention against the illegal and forceful land acquisition and criminalisation of human rights defenders in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India
12 October 2022 2:38 pm

To Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India pmosb@pmo.nic.in; manmo@sansad.in   Request for your immediate intervention against the illegal and forceful land acquisition and criminalisation of human rights defenders in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights organisations are writing to express our grave concern regarding ongoing numerous violations of human and [ Read more ]

[HRC51 Joint Open Letter] Sri Lanka: Adopt a Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Sri Lanka
13 September 2022 6:46 pm

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council September 12, 2022 Sri Lanka – Adopt a Strong Resolution on Human Rights in Sri Lanka Excellencies, As you prepare for the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) we, as a group of four international human [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Sri Lanka: Crackdown on human rights defenders and peaceful protests in Sri Lanka
26 August 2022 12:40 pm

To:   H.E President Ranil Wickremesinghe Hon. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena   25 August 2022   Re: Crackdown on human rights defenders and peaceful protests in Sri Lanka   Your Excellencies, We, the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned by the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka as evidenced by the series of crackdown [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Mongolia: Stop Reprisals Against Mongolian Human Rights Defender Sukhgerel Dugersuren
18 August 2022 4:38 pm

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, stand in solidarity with Mongolian human rights defender Sukhgerel Dugersuren and strongly condemn the criminalization and smear campaigns against her, which we identify as an attempt to prevent her from conducting her crucial work in defense of human rights and the environment. We urge the Mongolian government to ensure [ Read more ]

[HRC50 Joint Open Letter] Open letter to Secretary-General on the appointment process of the new High-Commissioner for Human Rights
23 June 2022 11:58 am

22 June 2022 Dear Secretary-General, Re: Appointment of next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights The post of High Commissioner for Human Rights is critical to the promotion and protection of human rights globally, particularly at a time when human rights standards and mechanisms face enormous pressure from powerful governments. This role is key for [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Myanmar: Open Letter to ASEAN Defence Ministers Regarding Myanmar Junta Participation in ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)
15 June 2022 11:10 am

To: H.E. General Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Cambodia His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulahibni Al-Marhum, Minister of Defense, Brunei Darussalam H.E. Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Defence, Indoensia H.E. General Chansamone Chanyalath, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, Lao PDR The Honerable Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin [ Read more ]

[HRC50 Open Letter] Call for Urgent Debate on women’s rights crisis in Afghanistan
2 June 2022 10:44 am

Open letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States to the UN Human Rights Council 1 June 2022 Re: Call for Urgent Debate on the women’s rights crisis in Afghanistan at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council Excellencies, We, the undersigned civil society organisations, urge you to call for and support [ Read more ]

Philippines: Joint Open Letter calling on Presidential Candidates to publicly pledge to protect human rights, and ensure accountability and to end the violence against human rights defenders and Repeal the Anti-Terror Law and other Repressive Laws
22 April 2022 2:54 pm

As the Philippines prepare to vote in the presidential elections on 9 May 2022, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), urge all presidential candidates to publicly commit to protection and promotion of fundamental freedoms and human rights, create a safe and enabling environment [ Read more ]

[HRC49 Joint Open Letter] Open Letter to States on the Draft Resolution on Human Rights Defenders
4 March 2022 4:27 pm

To: Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council At its current session, the UN Human Rights Council will be discussing a draft resolution on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations.  This is a useful and timely focus providing a means to give effect to a range of recommendations [ Read more ]