Open Letters

[Joint Open Letter] ASEAN’s Response to the Military Coup in Myanmar
19 February 2021 11:04 am

Your Excellencies, Re: ASEAN’s response to the military coup in Myanmar As civil society organizations from the ASEAN region, we write to you urging you to use your unique position to influence the situation in Myanmar by taking immediate measures to ensure that the military respects people’s right to peaceful protests and to freedom of [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the US State Department on Human Rights Defenders
10 February 2021 3:51 pm

February 9, 2021 Hon. Antony Blinken Secretary of State United States of America CC:  Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator James Risch, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Representative Gregory Meeks, Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Representative Michael McCaul, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs Dear Secretary Blinken: We, the [ Read more ]

Open Letter From Civil Society Organisations Calling on the UN Human Rights Council’s Immediate Action to ensure the Protection of Demonstrators
9 February 2021 4:50 pm

9 February 2021 To: Member and Observer State of the United Nations Human Rights Council Regarding the Urgent Situation in Myanmar Subject: Open Letter from Civil Society Organizations calling on the Council’s immediate action to ensure the protection of demonstrators Dear Excellencies, We are writing to express our deep concern over the safety of the [ Read more ]

Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership
12 October 2020 5:58 pm

Open letter to Permanent Representatives of the Member States of the UN General Assembly 12 October 2020 Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership Excellencies, Ahead of the next United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC” or “the Council”) election, we, the [ Read more ]

Open letter to the SAARC Council of Ministers urging the establishment of a South Asia regional human rights mechanism
23 September 2020 6:17 pm

Date: 23 September 2020 To, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan H.E. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bhutan H.E Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Maldives H.E. Mr. Pradeep [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] China: Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China
10 September 2020 3:20 pm

Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China An open letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, UN Member States.   We, the undersigned organisations, join together to call for an international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations, and urge you to take [ Read more ]

Thailand: ANNI Open Letter concerning the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand’s (NHRCT) Statement on requesting all parties in demonstrations adhere to human rights principles and use peaceful means to resolve problems
27 August 2020 9:08 pm

To:  Chairperson What Tingsamitr Cc: Commissioners: Mrs. Chatsuda Chandeeying and Mrs. Prakairatana Thontiravong Commissioner ad interims: Mr. Somn Promaros, Miss Areewan Jatuthong, Mrs. Pirom Sipraset and Mr. Suwat Theparak Office of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand The Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December, B.E.2550 (2007) 120 Chaengwattana [ Read more ]

[Joint Letter] The Philippines: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation
6:41 pm

To member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council Re: UN Human Rights Council should urgently launch an independent international investigative mechanism on the human rights situation in the Philippines Geneva, 27 August 2020 Your Excellency, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write to express our continued grave concern over ongoing extrajudicial [ Read more ]

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms
3 July 2020 3:53 pm

Singapore: Open letter to parliamentary candidates and political party leaders to prioritise fundamental freedoms As Singaporeans prepare to go to the polls in parliamentary elections on 10 July 2020, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the International Commission of Jurists urge all parliamentary candidates and [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the organizers of the ‘United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches.’ to be held on June 9 -11, 2020
8 June 2020 6:16 pm

(Thai version available below) June 7, 2020 An Open Letter to the Organizers of the United Nations Virtual Forum on Business and Human Rights: New Challenges. New Approaches, Asia and the Pacific, to be held on June 9 -11, 2020 To The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), [ Read more ]