Written by: The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) Cambodia is a constitutional, liberal, and multiparty democracy. However, its human rights situation is continuously deteriorating. In a socio-political climate where opposition voices are stifled, civic space is continuously shrinking, and the most fundamental of freedoms are trampled, it feels premature to be talking about [ Read more ]
In 2022, FORUM-ASIA in collaboration with our local partners undertook research in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Myanmar to understand the impact of harmful business operations, unfair labour practices and exploitative development projects on the rights of communities and the environment. The findings from the field research in these six countries were [ Read more ]
(15 December 2023) On the 11-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, strongly condemn the Lao government’s continued failure to provide necessary information as to his fate and whereabouts and reiterate our calls to the authorities to deliver truth, justice and [ Read more ]
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses concern over the ongoing criminal proceedings against Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar and its implications to human rights and civic space in Indonesia. FORUM-ASIA has submitted an amicus brief to the East Jakarta District Court for its consideration in the application of defamation laws. The [ Read more ]
(Bangkok, 22 February 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS are deeply concerned over the intensifying regression of Thailand’s civic space. We are calling on the Thai Government to do more in upholding fundamental freedoms including freedom of expression, press freedom, and freedom of peaceful assembly. On 8 February [ Read more ]
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the forced conscription of Myanmar youth as ordered by the military junta on 10 February 2024. The People’s Military Service Law requires young men ages 18 to 35 and women ages 18 to 27 to serve for up to two years in the military, with possible [ Read more ]
(Bangkok, 19 February 2024) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS call on the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to dismiss the politically motivated defamation lawsuit against Soeng Senkaruna, deputy head of the Human Rights and Land Rights Section and Senior Human Rights Investigator of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]
(Bangkok/Jakarta, 13 February 2024)—Dubbed as the world’s ‘biggest democracy,’ Indonesia is set to hold its general elections on 14 February 2024. Indonesian civil society organisations, however, are concerned whether their beloved country is truly deserving of such a title given the problems surrounding the upcoming elections, including issues of nepotism, abuse of power, and electoral [ Read more ]
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