Issue No. 80, January 2021 

Watch our video where Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Executive Director at FORUM-ASIA, expresses FORUM-ASIA's wishes for 2021!

  • The Maldives: Joint Statement 'One year since the arbitrary ban of Maldivian rights group the Maldivian Democracy Network'
  • Hong Kong: Media Lines 'Cease the prosecution of pro-democracy activists'
  • Laos: Joint Statement 'After eight years, civil society worldwide demands the government to establish and reveal Sombath's fate and whereabouts'
Visit our website for a complete overview of FORUM-ASIA statements and activities. 
FORUM-ASIA and ANNI launched a brief on 'National Human Rights Institutions' Responses to COVID-19' based on our documentation from February to October 2020, presenting an overview of the interventions made by NRHIs in Asia.

The brief was launched in conjunction with the 27th anniversary of the Paris Principles, for which we also released a series of infographics highlighting the roles and functions of NHRIs. 

To commemorate International Human Rights Day on 10 December, FORUM-ASIA launched a month-long campaign to raise awareness on the role of human rights defenders in contributing to a more just and equitable world, and relevant human rights frameworks and mechanisms that are important for the promotion and protection of human rights. Check out #FA4humanrights on social media.

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About Us
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a Bangkok-based regional network of 82 member organisations across 23 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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