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Written Statements

FORUM-ASIA Written Statement on Institution Building Issues of the UN Human Rights Council

8 March 2007

Human rights organisations in Asia are concerned that many Asian governments are eroding the effectiveness of human rights protection mechanisms, reflected in the current 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Read full text (in .pdf).

Joint Written Statement by 12 NGOs including FORUM-ASIA on the UN Human Rights Council: Criteria for the Successful Establishment of the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism

8 March 2007

This statement gives a number of proposals for establishing the criteria for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Mechanism. Read full text (in .pdf).


Oral Statements

Joint statement on human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

29 March 2007

This statement addressed issues of concern regarding the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, covering Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. It was delivered by Rafendi Djamin on behalf of FORUM-ASIA, ALRC, INFID, SUARAM and PAHRA. Read full text (in .pdf).

Joint Statement of Asian Human Rights Defenders on Darfur

29 March 2007

About 50 Asian NGOs including FORUM-ASIA have issued a joint statement urging Asian states to live up to their pledges, as member states of the Human Rights Council, to protect and promote human rights globally and to act in the interest of human rights in Darfur. The statement is titled “The Shared Responsibility of All Member-States of the United Nations to Act Urgently on Darfur: Case of Asian States”. Read full text (in .pdf).

Joint statement on extra-judicial executions in Asia

27 March 2007

This statement addressed cases on extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia. It was submitted by FORUM-ASIA, Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) and International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID). Read full text (in .pdf).


Joint oral statement delivered by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, on behalf of various NGOs including FORUM-ASIA

22 March 2007

FORUM-ASIA and more than two dozen human rights and civil society organisations worldwide have signed and supported a joint statement, urging the Human Rights Council to adopt a strong resolution regarding violence against women in the Darfur conflict. Read full text (in .pdf).

Joint statement on the Human Rights Council's work on disappearances in Asia

22 March 2007

This statement was submitted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC)/Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), International NGO Forum on Indonesia Development (INFID), Pax Romana, non-governmental organizations with consultative status, in cooperation with the Asian Federation Against Disappearances (AFAD). It highlights barriers to the Human Rights Council’s work on disappearances in Asia, looks at the situation in several countries and also urges the Council to examine seriously its membership in order to correct the presence of gross violators amongst its ranks. Read full text (in .pdf)

Oral Statement delivered by Anselmo Lee on behalf of FORUM-ASIA

15 March 2007

As part of the Interactive Dialogue with the Institution-Building Working Groups, Anselmo Lee gave a statement in Geneva on Thursday, 15 March 2007. The statement, from the perspective of human rights defenders, drew the Human Rights Council attention to specific concerns. Read full text (in .pdf).

Joint Oral Statement delivered by Rukshan Fernando on behalf of FORUM-ASIA, Pax Romana-ICMICA/MIIC and International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)

15 March 2007

This joint statement was given in cooperation with INFORM, Law and Society Trust (LST) and Rights Now, as part of the Interactive Dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva on 15 March 2007. Read full text (in .pdf).