Human Rights Defenders

[Press Release] Human rights defenders across Asia suffer numerous violations
22 June 2023 11:04 am

  For immediate release 22 June 2023 Human rights defenders across Asia suffer numerous violations FORUM-ASIA launches a new report highlighting the many forms of injustice and harassment endured by human rights defenders working in Asia. In 2021 and 2022, as many as 1,636 violations were committed against human rights defenders across 22 monitored Asian countries. [ Read more ]

[HRC53 Side Event] Persecuted Twice: Gender-Based Persecution of Hazara Women in Afghanistan
21 June 2023 2:07 am

[Event] Launch of Defending in Numbers: Rising Together Against All Odds
16 June 2023 12:54 pm

  Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2023 Time: 3.00-5.00 PM (Colombo time) Venue: Kinsey Room, Jetwing Colombo Seven Hotel, Colombo Online link: YouTube Live **** FORUM-ASIA is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Defending in Numbers: Rising Together Against All Odds. This biennial publication, produced by FORUM-ASIA, aims to identify the main patterns of [ Read more ]

[Joint Open Letter] HRC52: Support consensus renewal of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
28 February 2023 2:49 pm

Human rights defenders are people who act with humanity, serve humanity and who contribute to and bring out the best in humanity. They are key to our daily lives – they work so our governments are more transparent and accountable, our environment cleaner and safer, our schools and workplaces fairer, and our futures more sustainable. [ Read more ]

Joint analysis on the situation of defenders in Asia
8 December 2022 4:48 pm

Regional analysis Asia at a glance In the period considered in this analysis, Asia has witnessed an overall repression of civic spaces, coupled with widespread hostility towards HRDs and their work. This precarious regional context was exacerbated by the ongoing crises that affected some Asian countries, and whose effects are still taking place and impacting [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] One Year of Arbitrary Detention: Human Rights Organisations Call for Release of Kashmiri Human Rights Defender Khurram Parvez
21 November 2022 12:39 pm

The undersigned organisations call for the immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who was arrested one year ago on November 22, 2021 on politically motivated terrorism and other charges. Parvez, the Coordinator of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances [ Read more ]

[Publication] Connecting the Dots: Artist Protection & Artistic Freedom in Asia
14 October 2022 12:52 pm

Threats against free expression and artistic freedom in Asia continue to rise, with artists becoming increasingly vulnerable to violent attacks, censorship, and persecution. Artists throughout the region have been particularly impacted by a recent spate of legislative efforts that seek to encroach on digital security rights, curb “fake news,” and suppress criticism against the government [ Read more ]

[Statement] South Korea: Statement on the Constitutional Review of South Korea’s National Security Act
12 October 2022 11:22 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses concern over the implications to human rights and democracy of the continued application of certain provisions of the Republic of Korea’s (South Korea) National Security Act (Act No. 11042, or the NSA). FORUM-ASIA has submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Korea for [ Read more ]

[Event] HRC51 Side Event: Afghanistan Human Rights Crisis: Urgent need for accountability & protection of women & girls and human rights defenders
15 September 2022 3:10 pm

Discrimination against women in Afghanistan is so systematic and violent that it could be called gender apartheid. To discuss the ongoing crisis FORUM-ASIA, OMCT, FIDH, SRMO, AICHRM, and FrontLine Defenders is holding a side event during the 51st Regular Session of Human Rights Council to address this issue.

[HRC51 Oral Statement] Item 2: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan
13 September 2022 1:46 pm

51st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan   Delivered by Hafizullah Saeedi On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)  12 September 2022   Mr. President, Since the Taliban take over of Afghanistan on [ Read more ]