PAKISTAN: Protect media from the onslaught of the military establishment

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show cause notice to the Geo Television for the cancellation of its license on the instructions of the Ministry of Defence, initiated by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), an illegal spy agency of the armed forces. The ISI with the help of army personnel has stopped the broadcasting of Geo TV in all the cantonment areas of the country. There are reports that the ISI has forced the cable operators in different parts of the country to stop carrying the channel. The circulation of the daily Jang and daily The News of the Geo group were also stopped all over the country and cantonment areas. Read More...

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INDIA: Is judicial morale that low?

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Statement : The decision of a high court judge in Kerala to stop hearing a case, following the visit of a lawyer who allegedly trying to influence him, is another symptom of low morale within the judiciary as well as the Bar. The judge in question, Justice C. T. Ravikumar, was hearing a series of litigations relating to the issuance of bar licences in the state. Read More...

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PHILIPPINES: An indigenous activist described as ‘target persons’ in a leaked military document was killed

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William Bugatti, shot dead by unidentified gunmen

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that an indigenous human rights advocate has been killed. In October 2012, his name was found among those of the 28 individuals described allegedly by military in a leaked document as ‘target persons’. Read More...

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