Statements

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: New Criminal Code subverts democracy and undermines civil liberties
9 December 2022 5:46 pm

(Jakarta, 7 December 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its members in Indonesia condemn the inclusion of problematic provisions to the new Indonesian Criminal Code enacted yesterday. The Code was passed despite the massive and widespread public protest and criticism over the articles that could disregard gross human rights [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Government must stop human rights violations and end impunity
3:17 pm

Kuala Lumpur/ Hong Kong/ Manila/ Bangkok/ Paris/Dhaka /Geneva /Johannesburg /Washington DC, 09 December 2022: The undersigned human rights organisations commemorate all victims of human rights violations and stand in solidarity with the victims’ families in Bangladesh and across the world. This year’s International Human Rights Day’s slogan is “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All”. International [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] The Philippines: Standing in solidarity with Filipino human rights defenders
5 December 2022 12:00 pm

We, the undersigned organisations, express our utmost concern over the ongoing criminalization of ten human rights defenders and members of Karapatan, GABRIELA and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) in retaliation for their legitimate human rights work. Elisa Tita Lubi, Karapatan Chairperson; Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General; Roneo Clamor, Karapatan Deputy Secretary General; Gabriela [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia: Release union leader Chhim Sithar immediately and halt the harassment of strikers
1 December 2022 12:55 pm

CIVICUS and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemn the recent arbitrary arrest of labour activist, Chhim Sithar, and call for her immediate and unconditional release. The government of Cambodia must also stop the judicial harassment against her and other trade union activists in the country. Chhim Sithar is the recently re-elected President [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] One Year of Arbitrary Detention: Human Rights Organisations Call for Release of Kashmiri Human Rights Defender Khurram Parvez
21 November 2022 12:39 pm

The undersigned organisations call for the immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was arrested one year ago on November 22, 2021 on politically motivated terrorism and other charges. Parvez, the Coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Concerted actions needed from ASEAN and UN lest Myanmar military junta remains regional stability threat
16 November 2022 2:21 pm

(Jakarta, 16 November 2022) — ASEAN and the UN Security Council (UNSC) must move beyond the Five-Point Consensus and immediately join forces to take coordinated actions to cease the Myanmar military junta’s ongoing atrocity crimes, said Progressive Voice (PV), Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma), and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum 2022 – Defending and Asserting Southeast Asian Peoples Civic Space, Democracy, and Human Rights Towards an Equitable and Just Society
11 November 2022 12:28 pm

Amidst the current turmoil caused by social, economic, political, and climate crisis in the region and at global levels, more than 500 participants with gender balance, from a diversity of civil society, ethnic minorities and groups, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQIA+, Women, Persons with Disabilities, elderly, Buddhist monks, faith- based, migrant workers, informal workers, trade unions, farmers [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: ASEAN leaders must take decisive steps, stop aiding and abetting junta’s atrocity crimes
9 November 2022 5:09 pm

(Jakarta, 9 November 2022) — ASEAN must stop aiding and abetting the Myanmar military’s atrocity crimes and take concrete action to exclude all political and non-political representatives of the Myanmar military junta from attending ASEAN summits, meetings and activities, said Progressive Voice (PV) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). Justice For [ Read more ]

[Statement] Nepal: Nepal’s Election Commission must rescind its crackdown on online freedom of speech and expression
8 November 2022 11:47 am

(Bangkok/Kathmandu – 8 November 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over Nepal’s Election Commission’s policy to monitor social media content for the upcoming nationwide elections on 20 November 2022. Mobilising security forces to regulate the content on social media is a disturbing precedent since it heavily tramples [ Read more ]

[Statement] Philippines: Unconditionally release former senator Leila de Lima and hold authorities accountable for her suffering
19 October 2022 5:37 pm

(Bangkok, 19 October 2022) — Former senator and chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, Leila de Lima, should be released immediately and unconditionally, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) following a recent hostage-taking incident. On 9 October, three convicts allegedly linked to local terrorist groups stabbed a [ Read more ]