About Us

FORUM-ASIA is a membership-based regional human rights organisation committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights including the right to development.

FORUM-ASIA was founded in 1991 in Manila and its regional Secretariat has been located in Bangkok since 1994. At present, FORUM-ASIA has 47 member organisations across Asia.


As a membership-based regional human rights organisation, FORUM-ASIA works to promote and protect all human rights, including the right to development, through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organizations and defenders in Asia.


FORUM-ASIA is committed to building a peaceful, just, equitable and ecologically sustainable community of peoples and societies in Asia, where all human rights of all individuals, groups and peoples – in particular, the poor, marginalised and discriminated against – are fully respected and realised in accordance with internationally accepted human rights norms and standards.


To strengthen FORUM-ASIA’s leading and coordinating role in building a regional human rights movement through international solidarity action and engagement with states and other stakeholders in Asia.