Statements

[Joint Statement] Laos: 11 years of government inaction on Sombath Somphone’s enforced disappearance
15 December 2023 10:53 am

(15 December 2023) On the 11-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, strongly condemn the Lao government’s continued failure to provide necessary information as to his fate and whereabouts and reiterate our calls to the authorities to deliver truth, justice and [ Read more ]

Bangladesh: Urgent Call to Safeguard Human Rights and Democracy Ahead of January Elections
13 December 2023 10:44 am

(December 12, 2023) The undersigned organizations express our deep concern about  Bangladesh’s current human rights situation and closure of civic space as the country heads toward national elections on 7 January 2024. Since late October 2023, following the rallies and demonstrations co-organized by the political opposition, the ruling party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Government must investigate alleged arms trade between state-owned enterprises and the Myanmar military junta
8 December 2023 1:51 am

(Bangkok, 18 October 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and 26 member organisations express are gravely concerned over the alleged arms trade between three Indonesian state-owned weapons manufacturers and the Myanmar military junta. We call on the Government of Indonesia to thoroughly investigate the matter and to cease all activities [ Read more ]

[Press Release] Civil society welcomes the decision of GANHRI: Global body recommends the removal of the accreditation status of the junta’s Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
5 December 2023 10:00 am

[5 December 2023] The CSO Working Group on Independent National Human Rights Institution (Burma/Myanmar) (Working Group) and the Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) welcome the decision by the largest network of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), recommending the removal of the accreditation status of Myanmar military junta’s Myanmar National Human Rights [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] ASEAN: Halt Plans for “Inclusive Dialogue” and Act to Hold the Military Junta to Account
4 December 2023 10:01 am

We, the undersigned organisations, call on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to refrain from merely advocating for inclusive national dialogue in Myanmar that undermine efforts and the will of Myanmar people. ASEAN must take concrete actions to fulfil the demands made by the people of Myanmar to establish a federal democratic union and [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Solidarity for Human Rights Defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar
22 November 2023 3:30 pm

The undersigned organisations, human rights groups, and defenders are calling for the Indonesian Government to end its judicial harassment against prominent human rights defenders, Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar as well as to further protect all human rights defenders in the country.   Fatia and Haris’ Indictment Fatia is the former coordinator of the Commission [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Two years of arbitrary detention of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez
21 November 2023 5:43 pm

November 21, 2023 – We, the undersigned organisations, call for the immediate and unconditional release of human rights defenders Khurram Parvez and Irfan Mehraj, who are currently being detained in Rohini jail in India. Khurram has been in pre-trial detention for two years now, on politically motivated charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), an Indian counter-terror law [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Civil Society Demands the World Bank Group to Rethink the Direction of its Evolution
13 November 2023 10:35 am

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group (IMF-WBG) are gearing to reform themselves as a response to heightening crises of our generation. At the Annual Meetings last 9 to 15 October, the institutions brought together states, multilateral institutions, IFIs, and civil society to discuss critical matters on delivering impact in the context of [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Police crackdown on opposition protest with disproportionate force
1 November 2023 11:00 am

CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are gravely concerned about the use of disproportionate force during demonstrations led by the main opposition party in Dhaka on 28 October 2023. Our organisations call for an independent and impartial investigation into the violations [ Read more ]

[Statement] Indonesia: Improve human rights protection as a re-elected member of the Human Rights Council
27 October 2023 1:07 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Government of Indonesia to live up to its commitment to improve human rights protection at the national, regional, and international levels, following its re-election as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for the 2024-2026 term.  On 10 October 2023 [ Read more ]