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PAKISTAN: Stay on Asia Bibi death penalty, victory for civil society

Pakistan courts have finally started taking a proactive approach to support religious minorities and safeguard their interest. On 22 July, the Supreme Court of Pakistan suspended the execution of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court granted leave to appeal to Asia Bibi and […]

PHILIPPINES: Children suffer inhuman treatment, severe malnutrition due to government neglect

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the Manila City government for its apparent outright neglect to improve conditions at the Reception and Action Center (RAC), a public child care institutions. The AHRC has obtained a copy of a photo, taken on October 12, showing a naked and severely malnourished boy lying on the […]

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Don’t have the man you want then convict the man you’ve got

(Note: this article was first published in the August 10, 2014 issue of the Sunday Examiner) What Fernando Obedencio and Haron Abubakar have in common is that they were both arrested in 2005 in General Santos City. Both were 25-years-old, accused on the grounds of planted evidence and both were tortured by the police to […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture victim is grateful to those who helped him in his release

(Hong Kong, July 21, 2014) On June 23, we reported that Fernando Obedencio, a torture victim, was released after the court dismissed the fabricated charges laid on him for possession of illegal drugs. He was detained for nearly nine years. Photo: Fernando Obedencio The Moro Women Centre (MWC), the local group who documented and provided […]

PHILIPPINES: Hong Kong human rights defender fears for safety in the Philippines

Danilo Reyes, deputy director of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in Hong Kong, was invited by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) to attend the National Consultation Workshop and Writeshop for the National Preventive Mechanism for two days beginning on April 29, 2014, in Quezon City, Philippines. While attending this program […]

PHILIPPINES: State power does not respect or protect our liberty

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.”-  Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables I was observing a trial in a crowded court room in Manila when, in a middle of packed bench, a public lawyer drew the attention of his client seated at the back with another accused wearing prison uniforms. He said: Photo: […]

PHILIPPINES: SELDA forms People’s Claims Board, demands recall in BS Aquino’s appointment of PNP general to recognize ML victims

SELDA announces the formation of the People’s Claim Board, in protest of the Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s appointment of a PNP general in the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) to implement the law. The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) has repeatedly urged the BS Aquino government to immediately form the […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture victims speak out – “They tortured me, used me to get reward” Video interview 14

(Hong Kong, February 6, 2014) On January 14, the Court of Appeals (CA), Fifth Division, has concluded that Rolly Panesa, a 48-year-old security guard, could not possibly be Benjamin Mendoza, a leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), rejecting the claim of the police and soldiers as justification for his arrest. In its press release, […]

PHILIPPINES: CA decision strengthens anti-torture charges against military/police torturers of security guard Panesa

Press Statement January 29, 2013 Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831 – Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580 CA decision strengthens anti-torture charges against military/police torturers of security guard Panesa “The recent resolution of the Court of Appeals denying the motion for the re-arrest of security guard Rolly Panesa strengthens the anti-torture case he […]

PHILIPPINES: Declare a humanitarian ceasefire in Zamboanga City, now!

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a program partner of the International Civil society Action Network  Tel: 1 212 729 1062  355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor New York 10017 USA A Petition Campaign in Support for Dialogue, Humanitarian Action and Ceasefire WE, THE UNDERSIGNED PEACE ADVOCATES, CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS, SERIOUSLY APPEAL IN […]

PHILIPPINES: Daughter of rearrested and falsely charged torture victim writes about her ailing father

(Hong Kong, September 6, 2013) Sylvia Patricia Sarmiento, daughter of torture victim Aristedes Sarmiento, writes about her father, and how she and her family, have struggled because of her father’s torture and repeated arrest and detention on false charges. She wrote this in an article which she shared with the Asian Human Rights Commission. Sylvia, […]

INDONESIA: Special report on practice of torture in Indonesia released

(Hong Kong/Padang, Indonesia, June 26, 2013) To mark the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) released an advance version of its special report on practice of torture in Indonesia today. The report titled: “A facade of justice for torture victims in Indonesia”, is the first special […]

SRI LANKA: Abduction of a torture victim seeking judicial remedies from the Supreme Court

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that a man who was tortured and illegally detained for 28 months was abducted before the Supreme Court could hear his Fundamental Rights application. The AHRC has in the past documented similar cases wherein police officials were directly involved in abducting and murdering torture […]

BURMA: Appeal for release from jail of former army officer & two other men

Dear friends, As the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has noted in a recent update (UAU-004-2012), we are very happy to see the release in recent months of many people on whose behalf we have campaigned for a number of years. However, many other unjustly imprisoned persons remain in Burma’s jails. As at this time […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture victims whose complaints of injuries were ignored by doctors had their case dismissed

SPECIAL REPORT Torture in the Philippines & the unfulfilled promise of the 1987 Constitution Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learnt that two complaints of torture in Basilan province, Mindanao, which we asked the police to investigate were dismissed because they claimed the victims could not provide medical proof of their torture. […]

SRI LANKA: Officers of the Thalathuoya Police Station beat and filed a fabricated charge against a soldier who rescued his friend from their assault

Dear friends, The family members of Mr. L. M. Jagath Kumara (22), a soldier attached to the Vavuniya Army Camp are facing harassment by the OIC and officers of the Thalathuoya Police Station. On 23 December 2010 Kumara was on his way home in a bus accompanied by a friend named Ruwan Chamara. When the […]

INDIA: BSF strikes again, this time a farmer

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM concerning yet another case of torture by the Border Security Force (BSF), stationed along the Indo-Bangladesh border. In this case too, it is alleged that the BSF has tortured a civilian. The victim in the case is Mr. Tabibar Molla, is a […]

SRI LANKA: Girl student of Ambakotte Tamil Vidayalaya in Kandy was severely beaten by the principle and forced to return to school against her will

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Ms. Chandramohan Denusha is a student at Ambakotte Tamil Vidyalaya. Twelve year old Denusha was severely beaten by the principal of her school and when she refused to return she was forcefully taken by two of the teachers. Corporal punishment has been banned […]

SRI LANKA: An innocent man is illegally arrested, tortured and laid with a false charge by the Wattala Police

Dear friends, Mr. Narahenpita Gamage Sisil Weerasinghe (48), a retired soldier was illegally arrested, detained and severely tortured by officers attached to the Wattala Police Station. Sisil had been waiting for a bus to take him home at around 10 pm when the officers accused him of planning to rob a house in the area. […]

SRI LANKA: An innocent youth persecuted for over six years by the Teldeniya police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Muttiah Chandra Mohan was arrested after an incident with officers from the Teldeniya Police Station. The officers had arrived at Chandra Mohan’s village in plain clothes and without identifying themselves or the reason for their attack started beating several young men. As […]