Statements

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Government must investigate all cases of enforced disappearance, stop acts of retaliation, hold perpetrators accountable, and ensure the security of victims’ families
26 May 2023 3:06 pm

Melbourne/ Hong Kong/ Manila/ Kuala Lumpur/ Bangkok/ Dhaka/ Geneva/ Paris/ London/ Washington, D.C.; 25 May 2023: We, the undersigned organisations, are seriously concerned over the unabated enforced disappearances in Bangladesh amid the denial of access to justice for the victims. We also express our deep concern regarding the plight of the victims’ families, lack of [ Read more ]

[Statement] Cambodia: Verdict against Chhim Sithar and labour rights defenders another blow to Cambodia’s civic space
9:09 am

(Bangkok, 26 May 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls for quashing the convictions of NagaWorld union leader Chhim Sithar alongside eight members of the Labor Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU). FORUM-ASIA strongly condemns the verdict given on 25 May 2023 by a Phnom Penh municipal [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Stop Targeting Odhikar and Its Leadership
23 May 2023 3:54 pm

Bangladeshi authorities must end reprisals against Odhikar and its leadership and respect the fundamental rights to freedom of association and expression. Those working to document and expose human rights violations should be able to conduct their important work without fear of harassment, intimidation, and reprisals. The case of human rights organization Odhikar is reflective of [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: Ensure Peace and End the Internet Shutdown in Manipur 
19 May 2023 11:32 am

 (Bangkok/Kathmandu – 19 May 2023) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses serious concerns regarding the eruption of violence in the State of Manipur in India, reports of excessive use of force by paramilitary troops, imposition of a curfew and an arbitrary internet shutdown. Simmering ethnic tensions between groups in Manipur – [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Cambodia: Disqualification of opposition party reveals government’s zero commitment to free and fair elections
17 May 2023 3:38 pm

(Bangkok, 17 May 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation strongly condemn Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC)’s decision to bar the Candlelight Party (CP) – the country’s main opposition party–from contesting in the upcoming general election in July 2023. This move further erodes Cambodian [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: ASEAN must stop enabling junta’s atrocities
16 May 2023 3:32 pm

Responding to the outcome statement made by the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) following the 42nd ASEAN Summit, Progressive Voice, ALTSEAN-Burma and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) express deep concern and disappointment on the lack of strong measures from the regional-bloc to stop the Myanmar military junta’s atrocity crimes. The statement highlighted two areas [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: End reprisals against the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and human rights defenders in Kashmir
12 May 2023 5:00 pm

Sixteen human rights organisations today called on the Indian authorities to immediately stop the reprisals against human rights defenders and organizations in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Khurram Parvez, Irfan Mehraj, and the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). Khurram Parvez[1] has been arbitrarily detained since 22 November 2021 as a reprisal for his [ Read more ]

[Statement] Pakistan: End Internet Shutdown and Arbitrary Arrests
2:56 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 12 May 2023) – The Asian Forum For Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its deep concern over the worsening human rights situation in Pakistan, including reports of violent protests, mass arrests, fatalities, and internet shutdowns following the arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan.  Khan’s arrest is the latest in Pakistan’s ongoing political [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Drop all charges against human rights defenders Maulidiyanti and Azhar
12 April 2023 11:15 am

(Bangkok, 12 April 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its 32 members, calls on the Indonesian Government to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar. FORUM-ASIA also asks Indonesian authorities to refrain from enacting further reprisals against dissenting voices in [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] Myanmar: Call to Retract Invitation of Myanmar Junta Representatives to International Workshop in Timor-Leste and to Invite National Unity Government Representatives Instead
10 April 2023 11:32 am

His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta President Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Dear Mr. President: The undersigned 413 Myanmar, Timorese, regional and international civil society organizations strongly urge Your Excellency, along with the National Commission for Elections (CNE) President Dr. Jose Agostinho da Costa Belo Pereira, and the Network of Jurisdictional and Electoral Administration Bodies of Portuguese [ Read more ]