Issue No. 77, October 2020 
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Read this month's interview with Tasneem Siddiqui, Chair of the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), FORUM-ASIA member organisation based in Bangladesh.

  • India: Joint Statement 'Amnesty International Forced to Halt Work: Government Increasingly Targeting Rights Group'
  • UN: Joint Open Letter 'Global call for international human rights monitoring mechanisms on China'
  • Thailand: Joint Statement 'Thailand: Address ongoing threats to life against Lertsak Kumkongsak and environmental human rights defenders'
Visit our website for a complete overview of FORUM-ASIA statements and activities. 

FORUM-ASIA is proud to present 'The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and other resources', a booklet highlighting the roles and rights of human rights defenders (HRDs), the responsibilities of both state and non-state actors towards them, and practical information for HRDs to enhance their security.

The booklet, which illustrates the content of the 1998 UN Declaration on human rights defenders, is an updated and enriched version of FORUM-ASIA's poster series published on the Declaration's 20th anniversary. 

The 45th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council runs from 14 September until 6 October 2020. FORUM-ASIA's participation, through its UN Advocacy Porgramme, brings an Asian perspective to global human rights discourses to advocate for issues concerning human rights defenders in the region. 

Starting 21 September, FORUM-ASIA has been taking part in HRCNET's #HRCelections2020 campaign, posting a series of infographics and videos on the importance of the Human Rights Council and the role of civil society in the upcoming membership elections of the Human Rights Council in October. 

About This Month 

On the 8th of October, FORUM-ASIA organised a webinar for the launch of the report on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) 10th Year Commemoration and Diplomatic Briefing with the theme 'Solidifying the Role of Think Tanks and CSOs in the Advocacy to Strengthen the ASEAN Commission of Women and Children (ACWC)'.

Quote of the month
'We have to advocate and educate people on human rights centered solutions. Killing people should not be deemed as okay in Filipino society. We need to make a stand. My own way to contribute to society is through my photos,' said Raffy Lerma, Prominent Filipino 'Nightcrawler' and multi-awared photojournalist in 'War on Drugs in the Philippines: Eyewitnesses, nightcrawlers...accountability?' a panel discussion organised by FORUM-ASIA, as an online side event at the 45th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. 
 Media Coverage 

FORUM-ASIA is proud to launch Working Paper Series 8: Climate Justice – Navigating the Discourse.

The Working Paper on Climate Justice
identifies climate change as a human rights issue, where the principles of equity and justice as well as the recognition of fundamental freedoms are cornerstone requisites for the mitigation and adaption to climate change.

Get Involved  

FORUM-ASIA is currently looking for:

Finance Officer. Deadline: 09 October 2020, midnight Bangkok Time (UTC+7)

Management Support and Coordination intern. Deadline: 16 October 2020, midnight Bangkok Time (UTC+7)

Staff Well-being Policy Consultant. Deadline: 23 October 2020, midnight Bangkok Time (UTC+7)

About Us
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a Bangkok-based regional network of 81 member organisations across 21 Asian countries, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.

Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity-development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has sub-regional offices in Geneva, Jakarta, and Kathmandu. 

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