20th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate (Burma & Sri Lanka)
4 July 2012 4:40 pm

Oral Statement Delivered by Ms. Pooja Patel on Behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Thursday, 28 June 2012 Thank you, Madame President. FORUM-ASIA expresses its concern at the lack of any substantial progress made by the Sri Lankan government in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. The government [ Read more ]

Burma: International monitoring and protection of all civilians from religious and ethnic violence needed in Western Burma
13 June 2012 4:08 pm

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) of Indonesia, and Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) of Indonesia are deeply alarmed by the continued sectarian violence in Rakhine State [ Read more ]

Burma: Urgent reforms are the real litmus test of government’s commitment to change
30 March 2012 10:41 am

In the lead-up to the by-elections on 1 April, which are already marred by irregularities and censorship,[1] rights groups have stressed that key benchmarks have not yet been met. The international community must press for urgent steps to meet these benchmarks and to initiate substantive reforms without delay. These steps, more than the by-elections, are [ Read more ]

19th HRC Regular Session – Oral Statement Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma/Myanmar, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana
13 March 2012 11:11 am

FORUM-ASIA and Conectas welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur (A/HRC/19/67), and we strongly support the extension of his mandate for the sustained action of this Council to ensure that the small positive steps taken by the government are transformed into substantive and irreversible reforms in the country. Mr. Quintana, time and again we echo [ Read more ]

Burma/Myanmar: Open Letter to Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of the ASEAN, on on-going human rights violations in Burma/Myanmar
17 February 2012 12:31 pm

16 February 2012 H. E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations The ASEAN Secretariat 70A Jl. Sisingamangaraja Jakarta 12110 · Indonesia   Your Excellency,   We write to you today on behalf of the undersigned ASEAN civil society organizations to share our lingering concerns about on-going human rights violations [ Read more ]

Open Letter to Indonesian Government as the Chair of ASEAN, on gross human rights violations in Burma/Myanmar
19 October 2011 9:38 pm

19 October 2011   His Excellency Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Indonesia Your Excellency, We, members of the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy (SAPA, a network of Asian civil society organisations engaged intergovernmental processes at the sub-regional, regional and international level, working on various issues of public interest), [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Oral Statement on Burma and Sri Lanka
23 September 2011 10:10 am

18th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human Rights Situations that Require the Council’s Attention – General Debate Thank you, Madam President. FORUM-ASIA wishes to sustain this Council’s attention to the distressing situation along the eastern border of Burma/Myanmar as gross violations of human rights are ongoing, particularly land confiscation, forcible [ Read more ]

Burma: We have waited and seen enough: ASEAN must support a Commission of Inquiry
14 July 2011 3:53 am

This briefing paper for the forthcoming ASEAN Ministerial Meeting explains the lack of progress since the election, in light of continued political repression, escalating armed conflict and ongoing human right violations. It calls on ASEAN to take immediate action to address these issues in its member country and set an example for the region. [from [ Read more ]

Open Letter to ASEAN: Support the creation of a UN Commission of Inquiry on Burma
3:51 am

On the eve of the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), FIDH, Altsean-Burma and FORUM-ASIA strongly call on your government to support the creation of a United Nations Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into ongoing international crimes in Burma, as recommended by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Mr Tomás Ojea Quintana. [ Read more ]

17th HRC Regular Session: UPR Plenary on Burma
8 June 2011 8:38 am

17th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 6: Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Plenary on Burma/Myanmar Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Oral Statement Delivered by Mr. Aung Myo Min Wednesday, 8 June 2011 Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM-ASIA and its member organization HREIB make this statement on behalf of the [ Read more ]