[Joint Statement] Afghanistan: Joint call for an immediate end to attacks against human rights defenders and need for protection and accountability
19 May 2021 5:16 pm

(19 May 2021) The threats, harassment, intimidation and attacks against human rights defenders, activists, journalists and media workers in Afghanistan must end – the undersigned international human rights organizations said. From September 2020 until May 2021, a total of 17 human rights defenders have been killed, including nine journalists, based on information compiled by the [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA joins call for the UN Security Council to act against the killing of journalists in Afghanistan
16 March 2021 7:11 pm

(March 10, 2021) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and 40 other civil society organizations from around the globe, in a letter to the UNSC and UNAMA, highlight the wave of journalists’ killings in Afghanistan and urge them to stand in solidarity with the Afghan journalists to help ensure their safety [ Read more ]

[Statement] Afghanistan: Prevent targeted killings and ensure peace
23 February 2021 1:45 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 23 February 2021) – The targeted killings of prominent Afghans must end immediately to enable a secure environment for all Afghan people, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA). A United Nations convoy was attacked on February 11, killing five Afghan security forces members near Kabul.[1] On February 10, at least [ Read more ]

Open letter to the SAARC Council of Ministers urging the establishment of a South Asia regional human rights mechanism
23 September 2020 6:17 pm

Date: 23 September 2020 To, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan H.E. Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh H.E. Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bhutan H.E Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minster of Foreign Affairs, Maldives H.E. Mr. Pradeep [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: ANNI condemns the killing of two human rights defenders
2 July 2020 11:55 am

Afghanistan: ANNI condemns the killing of two human rights defenders (Bangkok, 1 July 2020) ‒ The heightened violence and attacks against human rights defenders must be brought to an end if there is any hope for peace talks to be held in Afghanistan, a rights group said. In a statement, the Asian NGO Network on National [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: Peace talks should prioritise justice for war victims
9 June 2020 4:31 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu, 9 June 2020) – The upcoming intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban must seek to bring an end to conflict and impunity in the country. Following the Afghan government’s announcement on the upcoming intra-Afghan talks,[1] the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisation in Afghanistan said that the peace [ Read more ]

Afghanistan: Protect human rights defenders and create enabling environment for free expression
3 December 2019 12:19 pm

(Bangkok/Kathmandu/Kabul, 2 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member in Afghanistan strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of human rights defenders Musa Mahmoodi and Ehsanullah Hamidi by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on 21 November 2019. The two exposed an alleged paedophile syndicate operating in Afghanistan through schools [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Freedom of Expression in South Asia
13 June 2017 6:34 pm

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Time: 11:00-12:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Freedom of expression continues to be under threat in South Asia. Restrictive legislation, criminal defamation, abduction, digital surveillance, killings and threats from rising extremism are some of the trends that plagued have freedom of expression in South Asia. The side event will [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA Condemns Attack on Afghanistan Human Rights Defenders
5 November 2015 10:19 am

(Bangkok, 5 November 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned and anguished over the attack on the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) that led to death of staff members and injured six others. On 26 October 2015, a bus carrying AIHRC staff was struck by an explosive [ Read more ]