Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
First royal defamation conviction for protest act sets a disturbing precedent for civic space, say rights groups
9 Mar 2022
The conviction of Narin, who was sentenced last Friday (4 March 2022) to 3 years in prison on a royal defamation charge for putting a sticker over a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn, demonstrates the government’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.
3 Dec 2021
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).
30 Aug 2021
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).
4 Aug 2021
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.
8 Jun 2021
417 right groups issued a statement condemning ASEAN's continuous engagement with the Myanmar junta while refusing to hold dialogues with other parties, including the representatives of the National Unity Government (NUG), ethnic leaders, and the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM).
3 Feb 2021
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.
18 Dec 2020
The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) should continue to be accredited as ‘B status’ 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’s Empowerment Foundation (PEF) today.
9 Dec 2020
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).
19 Nov 2020
The use of violence by police to disperse yesterday’s protest by the pro-democracy movement is unjustified, and fails to meet the international human rights standards Thailand has committed itself to, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), said in a statement yesterday (18 November).
9 Oct 2020
The Government of Indonesia should ensure the protection of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression and halt law enforcement from using excessive force at protests against the recently passed Omnibus Law, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and eight of its member organisations in Indonesia.
18 Sep 2020
International human rights organisations are calling on the Government of Thailand to observe international human rights laws and standards ahead of a planned protest expected to attract tens of thousands to Bangkok this weekend.
2 Sep 2020
The Myanmar authorities should immediately drop the charge against the free-speech activist and poet Maung Saungkha, seven international human rights organizations said today (2 September).