Statements

[Joint Statement] Thailand: End judicial harassment against activists and journalists, uphold people’s fundamental freedoms
22 February 2024 11:06 am

(Bangkok, 22 February 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS are deeply concerned over the intensifying regression of Thailand’s civic space. We are calling on the Thai Government to do more in upholding fundamental freedoms including freedom of expression, press freedom, and freedom of peaceful assembly. On 8 February [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia: Dismiss defamation suit against Soeng Senkaruna of ADHOC
19 February 2024 10:59 am

(Bangkok, 19 February 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS call on the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to dismiss the politically motivated defamation lawsuit against Soeng Senkaruna, deputy head of the Human Rights and Land Rights Section and Senior Human Rights Investigator of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: 2024 general elections mired in abuse of power, international community must help monitor and secure fairness
13 February 2024 12:11 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 13 February 2024)—Dubbed as the world’s ‘biggest democracy,’ Indonesia is set to hold its general elections on 14 February 2024. Indonesian civil society organisations, however, are concerned whether their beloved country is truly deserving of such a title given the problems surrounding the upcoming elections, including issues of nepotism, abuse of power, and electoral [ Read more ]

[Statement] Pakistan: Prioritise fairness, right to information, and freedom of expression during the 2024 General Elections
7 February 2024 3:37 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 7 February 2024) – As Pakistan–a nation of nearly 250 million people–gears up for its general elections on 8 February 2024, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) underscores the importance of fair and free elections as part of a country’s democratic process. Pakistan’s 2024 electoral landscape is marked by various challenges, [ Read more ]

[Statement] Thailand: Release Cambodian activists arrested for planning a protest in Bangkok
6 February 2024 11:51 am

(Bangkok, 5 February 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the arrest of three Cambodian activists–alongside their families –in Thailand. On 2 February 2024, Lem Sokha, Phan Phana, and Kung Raiya were arrested for planning to organise a protest on 7 February which coincided with Cambodian Prime [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Myanmar: Three years on, the Myanmar people courageously push back against the junta
2 February 2024 4:33 pm

Through a Solidarity Panel Discussion, human rights organisations celebrate the resilience of the Myanmar people’s resistance movement while also urging ASEAN to take concrete actions against the junta. “There should not be a fourth year where the junta’s failed coup still exists. We stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar,” this sentiment echoed Myanmar [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ADB’s Draft Environmental and Social Framework: CSO Critique
31 January 2024 1:06 pm

I. Context The Asian Development Bank (ADB) commits itself to the achievement of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, as it remains to be a major source of development finance in the region. However, five decades of its operations in the region have often led to negative development outcomes, as developing [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Thailand: Release human rights defender Mongkorn ‘BusBas’ Thirakot, repeal royal defamation law
25 January 2024 3:59 pm

(Bangkok, 25 January 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) strongly condemn the conviction of Mongkorn ‘BusBas’ Thirakot, a 30-year-old activist and online clothing retailer from Chiang Rai. BusBas has been sentenced to an unprecedented 50 years in prison–the longest [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: States must call out violations of civic freedoms at upcoming UN review
22 January 2024 12:18 pm

CIVICUS, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and SUARAM call upon states to use the upcoming human rights review of Malaysia at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call out its ongoing failure to fully implement previous recommendations related to civic freedoms. On 25 January 2024, Malaysia’s human rights record [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Human rights groups celebrate the acquittal of human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar, calls for repeal of defamation laws
8 January 2024 5:20 pm

(Jakarta/Bangkok, 8 January 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) welcome the East Jakarta District Court’s decision to acquit human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar on 8th January 2024 of all charges. Fatia and Haris’ online discussions were [ Read more ]