[Event] 10th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum Opening Session: Keynote and Plenary Discussion
31 October 2023 6:38 pm
Wednesday, 1 November 2023
14.15 – 18.00 (GMT+8)
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has been organising the biennial Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum (AHRDF) since 2001. The Forum provides a platform for human rights defenders (HRDs) from diverse backgrounds to connect, share their experiences, discuss their work and advocacy efforts, and address common issues at the regional level. The AHRDF also aims to enhance HRDs’ engagement with the United Nations (UN) special procedures mandate holders and other regional and sub-regional human rights mechanisms.
This year, the 10th AHRDF is especially significant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. The Forum seeks to celebrate the work of human rights defenders and discuss how to support their efforts in increasingly hostile contexts and emerging challenges in the region.
Join us as we jumpstart the 10th Asian Human Rights Defenders Forum on 1 November 2023.
Hear the stories of some of the region’s most fearless defenders.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders will also be delivering a message.
Also joining us to share his insights on Asia’s current human rights situation is Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation YB Chang Lih Kang.
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