Statements

FORUM-ASIA’s statement on the situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel: Protect civilian lives, end bloodshed
19 October 2023 12:05 pm

(Bangkok, 19 October 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply disturbed by the escalating violence and spiralling death toll in Gaza and Israel. The recent events have had devastating impacts on all civilian life, worsening an already volatile human rights situation and humanitarian catastrophe in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Government must investigate alleged arms trade between state-owned enterprises and the Myanmar military junta
18 October 2023 2:18 pm

(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 ]

Malaysia: Quash youth activist Wong Yan Ke’s conviction, uphold freedom of expression
9:28 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemn the conviction of youth activist Wong Yan Ke. Wong’s conviction represents Malaysia’s tightening grip on civic space, particularly against youth defenders who have been leading the country’s political activism in recent years. We urge the Government of Malaysia to quash [ Read more ]

[HRC54 Oral Statement] Item 10: General Debate on the technical assistance and capacity building
11 October 2023 3:43 pm

  54th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: General Debate on the technical assistance and capacity building Oral statement delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 11 October 2023   Mr. President, Technical assistance and capacity building component of the Council’s mandate cannot [ Read more ]

[HRC54 Oral Statement] Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia
10 October 2023 3:36 pm

  54th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Oral statement delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 10 October 2023   Mr. President, We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s report. [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: Civil society organisations come together to demand the release of Adilur Rahman Khan and Nasiruddin Elan
6 October 2023 4:05 pm

BANGLADESH: Civil society organisations come together to demand the release of Adilur Rahman Khan and Nasiruddin Elan On 3 October 2023, civil society organisations (CSOs) working across different parts of Asia joined forces to call for the immediate release of Bangladeshi human rights defenders Adilur Rahman Khan and Nasiruddin Elan. Khan and Elan are part [ Read more ]

[Statement] Afghanistan: Release human rights defenders unjustly detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan
29 September 2023 1:38 pm

 (Bangkok, 29 September 2023) –  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is calling for the immediate release of human rights defenders detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan, namely, Zholia Parsi, Neda Parwani, Matiullah Wesa, Rasul Abdi Parsi, and Mortaza Behboodi. On 27 September 2023, the Taliban reportedly arrested women’s rights defender Zholia [ Read more ]

[Statement] Thailand: Release pro-democracy activist Arnon Nampa, uphold people’s right to free speech and peaceful assembly
28 September 2023 1:10 pm

(Bangkok, 28 September 2023) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the conviction of Arnon Nampa, a prominent Thai human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist. He is sentenced to four years in prison without parole for violating Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code or lèse-majesté law. FORUM-ASIA is in solidarity [ Read more ]

[HRC54 Oral Statement] Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development
22 September 2023 12:18 pm

54th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to development Oral statement delivered by Urantsooj Gombosuren On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 20 September 2023   Mr. President, We welcome the Special Rapporteur’s vision to reinvigorate the right [ Read more ]

[Oral Statement] Item 2: General Debate on the oral update by the High Commissioner
11:42 am

  54th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on the oral update by the High Commissioner Oral statement delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) 13 September 2023   Mr. President, We welcome the High Commissioner’s update. We share the High [ Read more ]