Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

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The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a membership-based human rights organization "committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights including the right to development".[1] They were founded in 1991 in Manila, and are now based in Geneva, Switzerland. Their Secretariat has been located in Bangkok, Thailand since 1994. FORUM-ASIA currently have 46 member organizations from 17 countries across Asia. They issue several publications, including the quarterly newsletter Asian Human Rights Defender.

FORUM-ASIA mission is to "empower people by advocating social justice, sustainable human development, participatory democracy, gender equality, peace and human security through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations in the region."[2] Amnesty International has called FORUM-ASIA "Southeast Asia’s pre-eminent human rights organization".[3]

In 1995 FORUM-ASIA published Indonesia: 50 Years After Independence - Stability and Unity on a Culture of Fear, a report on Indonesian human rights issues since their independence from Dutch colonial rule. While the report was criticized as showing a Western perspective towards Asian issues, this was, "the first time that a human rights report concerning an Asian country has been prepared and published by a regional organization in Asia."[4]

FORUM-ASIA has worked with several other human rights organizations over the years. Since 2004 FORUM-ASIA has had Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[5] FORUM-ASIA also serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. They are a regional partner of Southeast Asia Regional Cooperation in Human Development (SEARCH).[6] FORUM-ASIA has issued several joint statements with Amnesty International, Cairo Institute and other human rights organizations. [7] [8] [9]

Member Organizations[edit]


  • Resource Integration Center (RIC)
  • Odhikar
  • Madaripur Legal Aid Association (MLAA)
  • Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK)


  • Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB)



  • South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring
  • Dalit Foundation
  • Friend's Association for Rural Reconstruction (FARR)
  • Rural Development Society (RDS- LRSA)
  • People’s Watch


  • Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI)
  • Indonesia’s NGO Coalition for International Human Rights Advocacy –Human Rights Working Group (HRWG)
  • Inisiatif Masyarakat Partisipatif untuk Transisi Berkeadilan (IMPARSIAL)
  • Perhimpunan Bantuan Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia Indonesia (PBHI)
  • Sekretariat Anak Merdeka Indonesia (SAMIN)
  • Komisi Untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KONTRAS)
  • Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia (YLBHI)


  • Citizens' Council for Human Rights Japan



  • Center for Human Rights and Development (CHRD)
  • Globe International


  • Community Self Reliance Center (CSRC)
  • Women's Welfare Society (WWS)
  • Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC)



  • Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
  • Tanggol-Kalikasan-Public Interest Environmental Law Office
  • PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC)
  • Philippines Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
  • Paralegal Training and Services Center
  • Paglingkod Batas Pangkapapatiran Foundation (PBPF)


  • Think Centre

South Korea

  • People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD)
  • Korean House for International Solidarity (KHIS)

Sri Lanka


  • Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR)

Timor Leste


  • People's Empowerment

See also[edit]