SRI LANKA: Nine people illegally arrested, detained and laid with fabricated charges


Nine victims are seen in the photo.

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a group of nine men were arrested by the Matale police at the instigation of the Superintendent of the Hunnasgiriya Estate. The incident occurred after a group of men protested at the office of the superintendent who had earlier assaulted a man for collecting firewood. The superintendent appeared to be inebriated at the time of the assault. Several of the men who were subsequently arrested were not even present at the time. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country. Read More...

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PHILIPPINES: Three indigenous miners were found buried in a shallow grave


Photo of Freddie Ligiw. Photo by Arkibong Bayan

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that after being missing for several days, three people were found buried in a shallow grave near their hut. The three victims were last seen by their family on 2 March. The continuing presence of the military has heightened the threats and harassment in the community. Read More...

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INDIA: Criminal justice reform duty of state, not court


Statement : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) appreciates the observations made by the Supreme Court of India that the Indian criminal justice process will immensely benefit from crime investigating agencies adopting scientific investigation methods. The apex court has said that the old style of conducting investigations, relying on confession statements and oral evidence in criminal trials, often results in gross miscarriage of justice. Miscarriage of justice can be corrected to a large extent if the investigation process adopts, and adapts itself to, utilizing new developments in science and technology, said the court. Read More...

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