INDIA: Social boycott of Dalits in Madhya Pradesh, water supply cut off

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Hunger Alert Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Kamal Singhi, a journalist based in Indore, about continuing social and economic ostracism of Dalits in Sitapat village of Mhow Tehsil in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The ostracism that began some 17 days ago has culminated into the locally powerful landlords cutting off the water supply to the Dalit habitat. They have also enforced an illegal blanket ban on any non-Dalit citizens selling anything, including rations, to Dalits punishable by Rupees 5,000 fine if violated. The authorities are only attempting to broker a truce despite practice of untouchability being a criminal offence and constitutionally barred. The AHRC demands the authorities to break the illegal conduct and punish those responsible. Read More...

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NEPAL: Drunken police demand bribe and shoot Tamang dead

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Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Forum for Protection of People’s Rights Nepal (PPR Nepal) that police officers from the Vacchek Police Station, Gorkha District, under the command of ASI Govinda Acharya, threatened villagers from Simjung Village Development Committee and demanded a bribe, failing to secure which the officers opened fire on the villagers. One of the stray bullets hit Mr. Lakpa Tamang, who was watching the happenings from his house. Mr. Lakpa, who had been undergoing treatment at Bir hospital in Kathmandu, died yesterday. The AHRC would like to reiterate that police brutality is the major threat to the lives of Nepali citizens today. Read More...

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ASIA : A news journalist missing in Maldives

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Statement : Analysis of CCTV footage from the ferry terminal at which he was seen last, it appears that Rilwan was being followed on the night of his disappearance, while witnesses close to his home has heard screams and seen a person being forced into a vehicle on the night of the 8th August 2014. Read More...

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