BURMA/MYANMAR: Farmers face prison sentences for trespassing and move to remote prisons

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Statement : The Asian Human Rights Commission calls for the military to offer sufficient compensation according to Land Acquisition Act, as well as stop prosecutions of and provide justice for the farmers. The AHRC also condemns the military’s illegal land grabs, military cooperation business with private companies to use such lands, and the practice of renting land back to the original owners. Read More...

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INDIA: Human rights organisations targeted by politicians for anti-corruption work

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Centre for Social Development and Women Action for Development – two human rights organisations based in Manipur, India – that local politicians are targeting them for exposing corruption in administration. On 12 July, a small mob gathered in front of the office of the two organisations demanding that vehicles of staff members parked out front be removed. One staff member, who tried to take a photograph of the mob, was assaulted. The elected member to the state assembly the constituency is suspected to be behind the incident. Read More...

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NEPAL: Trauma & Drama Echo in Dolpo

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Article : 'A cold shiver runs through my veins and my body heats up every time I see a policeman', is what Nyima Tsering, from Tsarka VDC in Nepal, said to reporters after a 29 July press conference. During the police crackdown on 3 June, Nyima, 25 years of age, was dragged out from a grain storehouse, beaten, and then released, only to be rounded up again by another police team as he tried to flee the village. He witnessed a bullet hit his brother's temple. He saw a friend suffer, with burning hot gun pipes shoved into his mouth. He said he didn't feel the pain from his torture in detention, as much as the worry about whether his brother had survived. After his torture, he was treated for two broken upper incisors and sent back home. Read More...

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