Forwarded Urgent Appeal

BURMA: Death Penalty on the nine people by North Rangoon District Court

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding information from the Burma Lawyers’ Council about death penalty on nine victims by North Rangoon District Court on 28 November 2003. The Court charged the death penalty on victims saying that they allegedly had contacted opposition groups in exile, had detonated mines and bombs, and […]

PHILIPPINES: A couple arbitrarily arrested and tortured by military soldiers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on the illegal arrest and torture of Hadji Omar Ramalan, 50 and his wife Bairon, 36 in Maguindano. The military arbitrarily arrested them baselessly on suspicion of involvement in the January 4 bombing in Parang, […]

INDIA: Religious intolerance and communal violence in Jhabua, India

Dear Friends  We are forwarding you an appeal from Hotline Asia regarding the tragic rape and murder of a 9 year old girl, which incident was used to provoke religious intolerance and violence against the Christian minority in Jhabua, India. Please read the short account of the incident and take the action requested.  Urgent Appeals […]

INDIA: The destruction of the Siddha Hospital and the Immaculate Conception Sisters in Madurai District by the Revenue Department officials

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Watch-Tamil Nadu that the Immaculate Conception Sisters in Thirunagar, Madurai District was demolished by the Revenue Department officials on 24 January 2004. The institution has not received any prior notice of the eviction from the Revenue Department. Since 1982, the Immaculate […]

PHILIPPINES: A man shot dead and another severely injured by the military in Barangay Gawang, Maguindanao

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on killing of a civilian and serious injury of another in Barangay Gawang, Datu Saudi uy Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines on 16 December 2003. The victims were mistakenly identified as members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front […]

NEPAL: Illegal arrest and torture of two young men by the police in Kathmandu

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on arbitrary arrest and torture of two young men in a Kathmandu police station in Nepal.  Raju Lama, a 22 year old, garment labourer, was arbitrary arrested for the first time in April 2003 and still being held […]

PHILIPPINES: Two young boys shot dead by army soldiers

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on killings of two teenage boys by army soldiers. Even though there was no crossfire between them and the alleged Waray-Waray Gang members (wanted criminals), the army soldiers distorted the incident, claming that the two boys […]

INDIA: People living with HIV/AIDS detained in India

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) on harassment and detention by the Indian government of a group of people living with HIV/AIDS. If you have any questions, please contact the EAA. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) ———————————————————– URGENT REQUEST November 3, 2003 […]

INDONESIA: Mass-eviction of urban poor continuing in Jakarta

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding joint-appeal of the Center on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR) regarding the mass-eviction of urban poor communities in Jakarta. Since August 2003, over 15,000 urban poor was driven out from their houses to the streets by the […]

SINGAPORE: J.B.Jeyaretnam Calls for a Criminal Cases Review Commission

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding a joint press briefing by J.B.Jeyaretnam and the Think Centre. The press briefing is about the rejection of the application of the retrial of Vignes Mourthi, examining the reasons given for the dismissal of the application, which has led to J.B.Jeyaretnam calling for a Criminal […]

NEPAL: A detainee who was tortured by police officers urgently needs medical assistance

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding information from the International Secretariat of OMCT on the torture of a detainee by police officers, and his urgent need of medical assistance, in Nepal. Your urgent action is requested to correct this matter. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact […]

NEPAL: BHUTAN process of assessment of refugee status invalid

Dear Friends, We join the appeal from the Human Rights Watch for URGENT intervention in the current situation in Nepal regarding the assessment of refugee status by the governments of Bhutan and Nepal. Research carried out by a joint mission of non-governmental organisations has found that the screening of Bhutanese refugees by the two governments […]

PAKISTAN: Imminent execution of a juvenile offender

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are forwarding information from the International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on imminent execution of a juvenile offender, Mohammad Amin, aged 16. Your urgent action is required to pressure the Pakistan government to commute the death sentence of Mohammad Amin. If you have any […]

PAKISTAN: Christian youth, Sunil Samuel, 18, sexually assaulted and tortured to death

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from the Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples (ACPP) which is a human rights organization in Pakistan, which states that a 18-year-old young boy Sunil Samuel was sexually assaulted by inmates at Camp Jail Lahore. After lodging a complaint [to prison authorities], he was tortured to death by […]

MONGOLIA: A dispute arises over freedom of 26 North Korean refugees

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from the Liberty Center, a human rights organization in Mongolia, that 26 North Korean refugees are facing deportation to the North Korea soon. Your urgent action is requested to pressure the Mongolian government not to send them back to the North Korea and protect their rights in accordance with […]

TURKEY: EREN KESKIN, Human Rights defender harassed and threatened

Dear Friends Amnesty International has highlighted five appeal cases against torture from around the world. (http://ai-stoptorture.c.tclk.net/maabc0oaaYRL8bcN4R0b/ ), Together Against Torture. We are forwarding one to you, regarding Eren Keskin, who is a lawyer and human rights activist in Turkey. Although Turkey is outside the geographical remit of an Asian NGO, we feel the cause Eren is fighting […]

TURKMENISTAN: Two men tortured and died in custody after arrest

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from the International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on the torture and custodial deaths of two men in Turkmenistan. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact OMCT. —————————————– The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in […]

NEPAL: Torture and incommunicado detention by Police in Kathmandu

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from The International Secretariat of OMCT on the Torture and incommunicado detention of three men by Police in the Hanumandhoka District Police Office (HDPO), Kathmandu in Nepal. *********** The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your urgent intervention regarding the situation of Torture, arbitrary arrest, incommunicado detention, death threats, and […]

CHINA: Human rights defender facing secret trial in Shanghai

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of FIDH and OMCT China. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact them. *********** Paris – Geneva, 26 August 2003 The Observatory, an FIDH and OMCT venture, is dedicated to the protection […]

BURMA: The German government should impose strong economic sanctions against Burma

Dear Friends We are forwarding an urgent appeal from the Burma Campaign UK to you, requesting the German government to impose strong economic sanctions against Burma immediately. After the brutal crackdown against the National League for Democracy (NLD) by the military regime in the end of May, the international society has called for strong economic […]