The Story of 30 Years of Commitment is a documentary (now accessible online) produced by Josefina Bergsten, which traces 30 years of work of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and its sister organisation the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC).
At 4pm on June 12, 2014, 14-year-old Darlene Jane Las Pinas, a student of Malandag National High School, was asked by her parents, Darwin and Lorgina Las Pinas, to buy noodles from a nearby store for their dinner. Darlene Jane failed to return home.
In December 2013, Ma Htet Htet started working in the actress Thiri Ko Ko Naing’s house in Yangon for 25,000 kyats ($25 USD) per month. During her time in the house, she suffered numerous instances of torture. Her hands were put in hot oil when she overcooked pork curry by mistake, permanently disabling her right hand.
The relentless fight of the Adhikari couple has faded from the regular to-do checklist of civil society, human rights organizations, and the media; many of them have stopped talking about it altogether.
The child belongs to the poor family, has been deprived of basic medical treatment and the right to register a legal case in the police station. In Pakistan, the powerful and rich people know how to manipulate the law in their favour and escape prosecution.
One factor that has received less attention in this tragic incident is the chronic disease it has spawned, something unaddressed by society. This affliction is none other than the consummate demoralisation of the people as a whole, which stems from the failure of the state to protect the lives of its citizens.