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By Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) |
Following the death in detention of activist Netiporn "Bung" Sanesangkhom while she was on a hunger strike to call for judicial system reform and the release of political dissidents, five human rights organizations issued a joint statement calling for the Thai authorities to conduct an independent and credible investigation into her death, release political prisoners held in pre-trial detention, and support the proposed amnesty bill for those facing political prosecution.
By CIVICUS |
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS has issued a statement raising concerns about the Thai government's prosecution of activists and journalists. They also called the Thai government to drop charges against activists, journalists, and human rights defenders, end its practice of judicial harassment, and review and repeal its repressive laws.
By CIVICUS |
Three human rights organizations have condemned the conviction of activist Mongkhon Thirakot, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for royal defamation and demand the immediate release of Mongkhon and other detained activists. They also endorsed the call for the repeal of the royal defamation, or lèse-majesté, law.
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>The conviction of Narin, who was <a href="https://prachatai.com/english/node/9727">sentenced last Friday</a> (4 March 2022) to 3 years in prison on a royal defamation charge for putting a sticker over a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn,&nbsp;demonstrates the government&rsquo;s intensifying targeting of individuals and allies of the pro-democratic movement, said FoRUM-ASIA, CIVICUS, and Asia Democracy Network, who call for the repeal of the royal defamation law and the immediate release of everyone detained under this law.</p>
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>Under the Chairmanship of Cambodia in 2022, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must meaningfully address the regressive human rights crisis in the region, including the rapidly deteriorating situation in Myanmar, said rights groups at a webinar yesterday (2 December).</p>
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>Thailand should respect, protect and fulfil the right of its people to peaceful assembly and expression, and must immediately end the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Human Rights Lawyers Alliance (HRLA).</p>
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>ASEAN and the international community must provide humanitarian aid to Myanmar, but must not allow the junta to weaponize humanitarian aid to seek legitimacy, said Progressive Voice and FORUM-ASIA.&nbsp;</p>
By Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) |
<p>417 right groups issued a statement condemning ASEAN&#39;s continuous engagement with the Myanmar junta while refusing to hold dialogues with&nbsp;other parties, including the representatives of the National Unity Government (NUG), ethnic leaders, and the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).&nbsp;</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Following the military coup in Myanmar on Monday morning (1 February), Amnesty International, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) have all issued statements of concern about the coup and the arrest of politicians and activists.</p>
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) should continue to be accredited as &lsquo;B status&rsquo;<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/2/#m_-4066530946837824752__ftn1" name="m_-4066530946837824752__ftnref1" title="">[1]</a>&nbsp;in the re-accreditation exercise by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI-SCA), said the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Protection International (PI), Community Resource Centre (CRC), and People&rsquo;s Empowerment Foundation (PEF) today.</p>
By FORUM-ASIA |
<p>Human rights defenders in Asia continue to face threats and rights violations, which were made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, says FORUM-ASIA on International Human Rights Defenders Day (9 December).</p>