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[Joint Press Release] India: UN body petitioned over ongoing detention of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender
22 November 2022 5:00 pm

Paris-Geneva, November 22, 2022 – On the first-year anniversary of prominent Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez’s arrest and detention, four human rights organisations have submitted a complaint to the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. “The detention of Khurram Parvez carries all the signs of an arbitrary detention in clear breach of [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] One Year of Arbitrary Detention: Human Rights Organisations Call for Release of Kashmiri Human Rights Defender Khurram Parvez
21 November 2022 12:39 pm

The undersigned organisations call for the immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was arrested one year ago on November 22, 2021 on politically motivated terrorism and other charges. Parvez, the Coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] India: Request for your immediate intervention against the illegal and forceful land acquisition and criminalisation of human rights defenders in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India
12 October 2022 2:38 pm

To Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India pmosb@pmo.nic.in; manmo@sansad.in   Request for your immediate intervention against the illegal and forceful land acquisition and criminalisation of human rights defenders in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha, India Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights organisations are writing to express our grave concern regarding ongoing numerous violations of human and [ Read more ]

[HRC51 Joint Oral Statement] Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention
3 October 2022 1:55 pm

  51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate on Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention   Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), CIVICUS – World Alliance for [ 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] 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 ]

[HRC50 Joint Oral Statement] Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
1 July 2022 10:56 am

 50th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association   Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation and World Organisation Against [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] India: Joint statement on the deteriorating health of G. N. Saibaba in Nagpur Central Jail
21 June 2022 2:14 pm

Seven human rights organizations expressed concerns about the deteriorating health of activist and Delhi University professor Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba in Nagpur Central Jail, Maharashtra State, and called on the Indian authorities to provide urgent access to health care. G.N. Saibaba was initially arrested in 2014 and accused of links to banned Maoist organisations. In March [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: End the systemic attack on Muslims
16 June 2022 5:45 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 16 June 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, and arbitrary demolition of properties of activists and protestors mainly belonging to the Muslim minority community in India. ‘The present crackdown against protestors in India is not just a violation of [ Read more ]

[Statement] India: Release Kashmiri Journalist Fahad Shah and Stop Silencing Journalists
1 June 2022 6:12 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 1 June 2022) — The arrest of prominent Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 and the Public Safety Act (PSA) 1978 highlights the growing crackdown on press freedom and is the latest blow to freedom of expression in Indian-Administered Kashmir. This is Shah’s fifth arrest under the draconian [ Read more ]