Human rights organizations condemn Singapore’s new Online Criminal Harms Act as a threat to freedom of expression

FORUM-ASIA and CIVICUS express deep concern over Singapore’s new Online Criminal Harms Act, warning it could stifle freedom of expression and violate international human rights laws. The organizations urge the Singaporean government to withdraw the act, fearing further erosion of civic freedoms.

FORUM-ASIA applauds the decision to acquit Thai pro-democracy activists of 2020 protest charges

FORUM-ASIA welcomes the acquittal of five Thai pro-democracy activists charged for obstructing a 2020 royal motorcade, citing it as a victory for human rights.

Civil society groups slam Thailand’s unilateral moves in Myanmar crisis

Civil society organisations condemn Thailand’s ‘Track 1.5’ dialogue initiative on the Myanmar crisis, alleging it undermines ASEAN unity and fails to include key stakeholders from Myanmar.

Cambodian union leader Chhim Sithar and labour defenders’ verdict condemned by FORUM-ASIA

FORUM-ASIA condemns the conviction of Cambodian union leader Chhim Sithar and eight fellow unionists, asserting that the charges are a misuse of the criminal justice system to silence labour rights advocates. The organization demands immediate action from the Cambodian government, including Sithar’s release and upholding fundamental civic freedoms.

FORUM-ASIA and CIVICUS condemn Cambodia’s decision to disqualify main opposition party from upcoming General Election

Cambodia’s National Election Committee’s disqualification of the main opposition Candlelight Party from the 2023 general elections has drawn global criticism. Human rights groups FORUM-ASIA and CIVICUS argue this undermines democratic rights, suggesting the move is part of an ongoing campaign of bureaucratic intimidation to silence dissent.

FORUM-ASIA calls for dropping of charges against Indonesian human rights defenders

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has urged the Indonesian government to drop criminal defamation charges against human rights defenders Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar. The charges stem from a YouTube video that discusses the involvement of retired Indonesian National Armed Forces Generals in alleged mining exploitation. The pair face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Human Rights Group condemns crackdown on peaceful protests in Sri Lanka

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has strongly condemned…

Forum Asia calls for India to revoke arbitrary ban on BBC documentary

MUMBAI, INDIA — The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)…

Sri Lanka: Crackdown on Fundamental Freedoms and Against Peoples’ Movements

Reflecting on Sri Lanka’s worsening economic, humanitarian and political crisis, the Asian…

Human rights groups call for Thai authorities to end the use of disproportionate and unnecessary force against protesters

Thailand should respect, protect, and fulfil the right of its people to…