[Statement] Vietnam: Release environmental rights defender Dang Dinh Bach and drop all charges against him
9 March 2022 11:51 am

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 9 March 2022) – ‘The Government of Vietnam must immediately release environmental rights activist Dang Dinh Bach and unconditionally drop all charges against him,’ said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) in a joint statement today. ’We are deeply concerned with the repression and harassment faced by human rights advocates, journalists, [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Vietnam: Immediately release independent journalist and human rights defender Pham Doan Trang
27 October 2021 10:23 am

Ahead of her upcoming trial on 4 November, the undersigned 28 human rights and freedom of expression organizations today condemn the ongoing arbitrary detention of independent journalist and woman human rights defender Pham Doan Trang. We call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against her. The persecution of [ Read more ]

[Event] ACSC / APF 2021 Plenary Session: Failed Promises: A CSO Assessment on ASEAN’s Response to the Militarisation and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
13 October 2021 12:14 pm

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021 Time: 1.00 – 2.15 PM (GMT+7) Register here: Live via: Zoom   This year’s ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum eclipses a challenging era for the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) as it deals with the spillover effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worsening crisis in Myanmar. Eight [ Read more ]

[Public Report] Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia
1 October 2021 8:40 am

Executive Summary On August 9 and 10, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) conducted the Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia, which was graced by over 75 participants from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of [ Read more ]

[Publication] Outcome Document from the Virtual Conference on ‘Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19: Addressing the Crisis in Southeast Asia’
30 September 2021 12:46 pm

COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout Southeast Asia. The health crisis has also catalysed the rise of authoritarianism, the over-securitisation of societies, and systemic efforts to suppress democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in the region. Hence, it is critical to activate, strengthen and protect spaces and mechanisms for civil society to defend human rights [ Read more ]

[Media Lines] Vietnam: Electoral process only perpetuates repression, FORUM-ASIA says ahead of Sunday elections
21 May 2021 4:31 pm

Ahead of Vietnam’s National Assembly and People’s Council elections set for Sunday, 23 May 2021, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: Elections in Vietnam have only served to reinforce the one-party rule of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and perpetuate its systemic assault on fundamental freedoms. Genuine democratic reform can only begin once [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Vietnam: The Government must end the harassment and intimidation of Huynh Thuc Vy
27 August 2020 4:32 pm

(Bangkok, 27 August 2020) – FORUM-ASIA and the 18 undersigned civil society organisations condemn the ongoing intimidation against human rights defender and prominent blogger Huynh Thuc Vy and urge the government, as the Chair of ASEAN, to end the practice of using judicial harassment to intimidate human rights defenders. Huynh Thuc Vy, a prominent Vietnamese [ Read more ]

In 2020 ASEAN must continue to strengthen its human rights mechanism and integrate peoples’ interest in its agenda
15 January 2020 1:49 pm

(Bangkok/Jakarta, 15 January 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes Vietnam as the Chair of the Association of South East Asians Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. FORUM-ASIA calls on the association and its Member States to prioritise addressing the struggles of its people, particularly the most marginalised and oppressed, and to [ Read more ]

HRC41: Joint Oral Statement on the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report of Vietnam
8 July 2019 11:15 am

41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Oral Statement Adoption of the UPR report of Viet Nam 4 July 2019 Delivered by Lisa Majumdar Thank you, Mr President. Mr President, VOICE, CIVICUS and FORUM-ASIA welcome the government of Vietnam’s engagement with the UPR process including its decision to accept 241 recommendations on a [ Read more ]

Vietnam: Stop any Ongoing Criminal Proceedings and Ban against Huynh Thuc Vy
14 August 2018 12:36 pm

(Bangkok, 14 August 2018) – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, condemn the unlawful house arrest and investigation of Huynh Thuc Vy, a prominent Vietnamese blogger and founder of Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR). She was taken into custody on 9 August, based on allegations of having violated Article 276 of the 1999 Criminal [ Read more ]