BURMA/MYANMAR: Private company and government official pursue false charges against farmers after government agency grants them use of their land

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Urgent Appeal Case : In 1994-1995, a military battalion based in Pantanaw township, Pandaung, confiscated over 10,000 acres of farmlands without providing compensation to the original owners. They then transferred it to local military groups, the War Veteran Association (WVA), and private businesses. After 2012 the enactment of the Farmland law, and 2013 Farmers Rights Protection and Promotion of Interest Law, the farmers stopped paying rent because the Farmland Law revoked the applicable tenancy laws. The farmers also began applying the law to reclaim the previously confiscated land; as a result, the farmers got 800 acres of land back from the military. Read More...

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PAKISTAN: An Islamic scholar is shot dead by “unknown” persons on Blasphemy charges

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Statement : The menace of ‘unknown persons’ shooting to death innocent civilians continues in Pakistan. This time, Dr. Shakeel Auj, the Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies of the University of Karachi has been reported shot dead by ‘unknown persons’. Reports reveal that Dr. Auj, was shot dead – this time with much more precision - shot dead, point blank range from behind his moving vehicle, killing him on the spot. Three other colleagues who were with him in the car at the time had miraculously survived the shooting. Read More...

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WORLD: The Best Way to Prevent Torture: Academics vs. Human Rights Defenders

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Statement : A group of researchers associated with the Sydney University in Australia claim that they have found a more effective way than what has been tried so far, to prevent torture. The more effective way, as claimed, is to engage with the torturers themselves; which means to engage with officers of the security establishments. Quite an expensive project has been undertaken and one of the last acts of that project was the hosting of a conference in Bangkok. Read More...

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