SRI LANKA: Five-year-old child kidnapped


( File photograph of Damindu Yasen Kumara. Photo courtesy -:News First)

Statement : On Monday, 28 July 2014, an unidentified group kidnapped five-year-old Damindu Yasen Kumara. They arrived on motorcycles, with their faces covered by helmets and masks. They stabbed his parents, who struggled to protect their child. The kidnapping occurred in Katugampalagama, Meegalewa Police Divison. Read More...

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GAZA: No safety, no escape


A young Palestinian boy walks through the remains of a house targeted by an Israeli air strike near a beach refugee camp west of Gaza City. (UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan - 12 July 2014 )

Statement : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and its partner organisations condemn the continuing hostilities in the occupied Gaza Strip. The AHRC calls upon the Government of Israel as well as Hamas and other armed groups operating out of the occupied Gaza Strip to immediately cease hostilities. Read More...

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BURMA/MYANMAR: Over 450 Farmers Victimised by Myanmar Military Land Grabbing


Woman is seen crying while evicted from their own land for military use. Photo Credit: Win Aung

Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission has learned that 65 farmers in Myanmar (of the Kanbalu Township, Shwebo District, Sagaing Division) are languishing in prison for ploughing their own fields, and over 350 more are headed for the same fate. This miscarriage of justice continues be-cause, in the words of the No. 1 Kanbalu Township judge, the military is telling the courts what judgments to make. The situation came to a head when the military destroyed the fields of the farm-ers during a "training exercise" but then charged the farmers with trespass and destruction of mili-tary agricultural land. This incident illustrates the reality of the land grabbing culture practiced by Myanmar military officers, which has wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihoods of farming commu-nities across Myanmar. Read More...

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GAZA: No safety, no escape
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