[Joint Statement] Thailand: End unjust pre-trial detention against youth pro-democracy activists
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by ICP
11s ago
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are deeply concerned about the condition of youth pro-democracy activists who have been on hunger-strike from prison for more than a week.   The activists are protesting against their unjust pre-trial detention and are acting in support of other activists who have been exercising their right to protest and freedom of expression in the country. Our organisations call on the government to immediately and unconditionally release all the youth act ..read more
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[Report] The Hands That Feed Us: Struggles of Women Agricultural Workers in Pakistan
FORUM-ASIA
by ICP
12s ago
Pakistan is the world’s fifth most populous country. Agriculture, directly and indirectly, employs 37.4 per cent of the country’s labour force, 70 per cent of whom are mostly located in rural areas. Not only do rural women receive fewer wages than men, but WAWs are susceptible to malnutrition, discrimination, violence and ill-treatment, including exploitation and sexual harassment. Pakistan’s patriarchal culture has its roots in legal, political, cultural and economic factors that negatively impact on women. This discrimination is part of a broader landscape of systemic gender inequality in th ..read more
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[Joint Statement] Cambodia: Blocking of music video another blow to freedom of expression
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by ICP
1w ago
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are appalled that the Cambodian authorities have ordered for a music video by a rapper that recounts a deadly government crackdown on a workers’ protest nine years ago to be removed from a social media page. We are also concerned about the questioning of civil society activists. Such actions highlight the systematic crackdown on freedom of expression under the Hun Sen regime. According to reports, Cambodia’s culture ministry ordered police to ..read more
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[Joint Statement] Afghanistan: Taliban must end Gender Apartheid
FORUM-ASIA
by ICP
2w ago
(Bangkok/Kathmandu – 16 January 2023) –  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and 30 of its member organisations strongly condemn the Taliban’s recent ban on women and girls from higher education and employment in non-governmental organisations (NGOs). “The Taliban’s complete exclusion of women from public life, denying them their human rights and fundamental freedoms, can only be described as gender apartheid,” said the rights group in a statement today. Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban has been persistent in erasing women fr ..read more
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From Our Member Bir-Duino Kyrgyzstan – XVI human rights film festival “Bir Duino-2022”
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by ICP
1M ago
The annual international festival of documentary films on human rights “Bir Duino” was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, from 14 to 18 November. Tthe XVI film festival “Bir Duino-2022” was dedicated to the theme: “Climate and Crises: the Situation with Fundamental Rights of Citizens, Alternatives to SDGs.” The competition program includes 22 documentaries from Ukraine, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries. The films raise the most important and always sensitive topics of concern to modern humanity, which the authors consider through th ..read more
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[Statement] Bangladesh: Halt the Crackdown on Members of the Opposition ahead of Polls
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by ICP
1M ago
(Bangkok/Kathmandu – 19 December 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is gravely concerned about crackdowns against opposition political parties by the government of Bangladesh as the country prepares for its 2023 national elections. The Bangladeshi government has intensified their crackdown on opposition parties, specifically the largest opposition group, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), with mass arrests and police raids on opposition members becoming a norm. In September, the leader of the ruling party Awami League’s youth wing, Jubo League, threatened BN ..read more
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Joint Communiqué of FORUM-ASIA 10th General Assembly
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by ICP
1M ago
Joint Communiqué FORUM-ASIA 10th General Assembly, Bangkok, 29 September 2022 Members of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) convened at Holiday Inn, Bangkok, Thailand from 26 – 29 September 2022 for the organization’s 10th General Assembly. The in-person gathering was a follow-up to the first part of the Assembly which was held online. The members of FORUM-ASIA: 1. Recognised the important and legitimate work of civil society across Asia comprising: human rights defenders including women human rights defenders and environmental defenders, social and democratic moveme ..read more
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[Report] Bent Roads: Exploring the Impact of Development Projects in Two Communities in Myanmar
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by ICP
1M ago
This report outlines the findings from community-based research on gravel extraction and road building in two villages in Win Yay Township, Dooplaya District, which is situated in the Karen National Union-controlled area of Myanmar. Based on qualitative research, it outlines the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of extraction and construction projects on the two communities, whilst casting a wider net at investment projects in Myanmar and the human rights situation there. The purpose of this research is to better understand these project-affected communities in order to plan interventio ..read more
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[Joint Statement] Laos: After 10 years, civil society worldwide is still asking: “Where is Sombath?”
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by ICP
1M ago
13 December 2022: Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, renew calls on the Lao government to determine his fate and whereabouts and deliver justice, truth, and reparation to his family. We deplore the Lao authorities’ repeated failure to act on their human rights obligations to thoroughly investigate Sombath’s disappearance and provide adequate, effective, and prompt reparation for Sombath and his family over the past decade. Since Sombath, a pioneer in commun ..read more
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[Statement] Nepal: Stop Forceful Mass Evictions of Landless Squatters
FORUM-ASIA
by ICP
1M ago
(Bangkok/Kathmandu – 13 December 2022) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern over the violent confrontation between the protestors and over 200 security forces during the recent landless squatter protests in Nepal on the banks of the Bagmati River at Thapathali. The landless squatters have been protesting against being forcefully evicted by the  Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC). As many as 34,096 families have been residing on the banks of the Bagmati river for several years, according to government data. Around 300 landless squatters livi ..read more
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