[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Five years since genocide, the world must act to ensure justice for Rohingya
25 August 2022 12:29 pm

In marking the five-year commemoration of the genocide committed against the Rohingya in 2017, 384 civil society organizations reaffirm our commitment to continue to stand in solidarity with and seek justice for the Rohingya, to ensure the full restoration of their rights in Myanmar, and to end the impunity of the Myanmar military. The plight [ Read more ]

[Joint statement] Afghanistan: One year after Taliban takeover, human rights defenders at greater risk than ever
15 August 2022 1:14 pm

12 August 2022 Afghanistan: One year after Taliban takeover, human rights defenders at greater risk than ever One year since the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan, conditions for human rights defenders, especially women, have further deteriorated, the undersigned members of Protect – said today. A year ago, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Bangladesh: UN Rights Chief Should Raise Concerns
10 August 2022 4:11 pm

(Geneva) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet should publicly call for an immediate end to serious abuses including extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances during her upcoming visit to Bangladesh, nine human rights organizations said today. Bachelet will visit Bangladesh from August 14-18, 2022. During the trip, she will meet with government officials and civil [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: End Government Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters
8 August 2022 2:23 pm

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the Sri Lankan authorities’ violent crackdown and increasing reprisals against peaceful protesters in Sri Lanka. This includes arrests, intimidation and the brutal attack on the protest camp in Colombo on 22 July 2022. The Sri Lankan authorities must ensure that security forces do not use excessive force and will respect [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Myanmar: Execution of four democracy activists highlights junta’s brutality
27 July 2022 11:33 am

We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the execution carried out by the military junta against four pro-democracy activists in Myanmar. We call on the international community, including ASEAN states, to publicly denounce these grave violations committed by the junta and to hold them accountable for their crimes. The four include prominent democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu better known [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Joint statement In Response to the EU-India human rights dialogue – calling on the EU to address reprisals against human rights defenders in India
26 July 2022 3:53 pm

The joint European Union (EU)-India press release, which provides a summary of the topics  discussed during the 10th EU-India human rights dialogue which took place on 15 July 2022 in New Delhi, fails to adequately address pressing issues of security and reprisals faced by human rights defenders in India, five human rights organizations said today. [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Sri Lanka: Brutal attack against peaceful protesters by security forces
25 July 2022 11:41 am

Five human rights organizations strongly condemned the brutal attack against unarmed peaceful protesters by Sri Lankan forces in Colombo on in the early hours of 22 July 2022 . Since March 2022, thousands of people including human rights defenders, journalists, and members of civil society have been protesting peacefully across the country against the government’s [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Nepal: HARAWA-CHARAWA — Ensure full and inclusive implementation of the Kamaiya Labour (Prohibition) Act of 2001
22 July 2022 10:23 pm

(Kathmandu/Bangkok, 22 July 2022) – ‘We welcome the special message of the Prime Minister of Nepal to fully implement the Kamaya Labour (Prohibition) Act of 2001 and call on government agencies to implement inclusive and non-discriminatory social protection programmes to ensure the rehabilitation of the Harawa-Charawa,’ said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Condemn arrest and judicial harassment of human rights defender Teesta Setalvad
15 July 2022 3:05 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 15 July 2022) – ‘The arrest and judicial harassment of human rights defender Teesta Setalvad is a clear reprisal for seeking justice and accountability for 2002 Gujarat riots,’ said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and 5 of its member organisations in India. Teesta Setalvad is an outspoken journalist and the [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Indonesia: Draft law of criminal code negatively impacts fundamental freedoms
12:51 pm

We, the undersigned organizations, are alarmed by provisions in the draft amendments of the Indonesian Criminal Code, recently made public, that will negatively impact civic space and fundamental freedoms in the country. We call for these provisions to be repealed and for the Indonesian government and parliament to conduct public consultations before adopting the draft [ Read more ]