Our Struggle for Human Rights – 25 Years of FORUM-ASIA

The publication “Our Struggle for Human Rights – 25 Years of FORUM-ASIA” hopes to reflect on and learn from the past, showcase. The content for this publication was collected in different ways. 36 people were interviewed, some 80
participated in different meetings and consultations, and some 35 submitted written inputs. Documents from the FORUM-ASIA archive, as well as online sources were used to finalise different parts of the text.

Obviously any misrepresentation or factual errors are the sole responsibility of the editors. We apologise in advance if this is the case. We also want to emphasise that this publication by no means pretends to be exhaustive. The chapters are written based on reflections as we gathered them, the cases were selected based on experiences that were shared, and choices in individuals that are highlighted in different manners throughout the publication were made upon the discretion of the editors. We know we have left out many important moments, projects, developments, organisations and individuals, and apologise for this.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this publication, in particular our donors Ford Foundation and Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida).

We hope that it will give people hope, make people remember, and inspire all that are or want to be involved in the human rights movement in the region.


Marte Hellema is the Information, Communication and Publication (ICP) Programme Manager for the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), based in Bangkok, Thailand. Formerly she was the Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific and Programme Manager Public Outreach at the Global Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

Bettina Stuffer is the Information, Communication and Publication (ICP) Programme Intern for the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), based in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously she worked on the prevention of drug dependence as a social worker with Prop e.V., Germany. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social and Political Conflict from Augsburg University, Germany and a Bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Applied Sciences, Landshut, Germany.

Lorenzo Urbinati, is the ICP Programme Officer for FORUM-ASIA, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Master’s degree in International Relations from LUISS University, Italy. Before joining FORUM-ASIA in 2013, he worked in Belgium and Africa.

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