Open Letter

PAKISTAN: Stop prison executions of the mentally ill on death row

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Pakistan His Excellency, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain¨ President of Pakistan President’s Secretariat Islamabad  Pakistan Fax: +92 51 9207458 Email: publicmail@president.gov.pk Dear Mr President, The Asian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the case of Imdad Ali, a mentally ill, death row inmate in […]

INDONESIA: Stop the third execution of death row inmates. It denies their right to life and brings no effective solution for the eradication of illegal drugs

Dear President Widodo: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a Hong Kong-based, regional human rights organization, expresses its concern regarding government plans to execute approximately 14 death row inmates. Those to be executed are Mr. Fredi Budiman (Indonesia), Mr. Eugene Ape (Nigeria), Mr. Humphrey Jefferson (Nigeria), Mr. Seck Osmane (South Africa), Mrs. Merri Utami (Indonesia), […]

INDONESIA: New bill on the Indonesian Penal Code needsimmediate review

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a Hong Kong-based regional human rights organization,urges the Drafting Committee of the Parliament of Indonesia to review the draft billon the Indonesian Penal Code (KUHP). In particular, those articles of the new bill which seek to regulate serious crimes or gross violations of human rights, and which already exist […]

INDONESIA: Where do you stand on Munir Mr. President?

Mr. Joko Widodo  President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16, Jakarta Pusat, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3458 595 Fax: +62 21 3484 4759 E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id Dear President Widodo: On 7 September 2004, the Intelligence Agency (BIN) killed prominent Indonesian human rights defender, Mr. Munir Said Thalib, onboard a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta […]

INDONESIA: Time to release all political prisoners in Papua and West Papua provinces and revise the Penal Code

Mr. Setya Novanto Chairperson of the House of Representative  Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR) Gedung Nusantara III DPR RI, Lt I Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, INDONESIA Tel    : +62 21 571 5311 / + 62 21 5715868  Fax    : +62 21 573 1967 / +62 21 5715368 Email    : set_tu_ketua@dpr.go.id Dear Mr. Novanto,  INDONESIA: Time […]

WORLD: An Open Letter of Appreciation to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury of Bangladesh

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury of Ban I am writing this short letter to express my appreciation with regard to the statement reported in the media; you have been quoted to have said, “you [referring to tribunal judges] misused your power”. We, in South Asia as well […]

INDONESIA: The Supreme Court of Indonesia should declare the cassation of the three traditional fishermen as inadmissible

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Chair of the Indonesian Supreme Court, Professor H. Muhammad Hatta Ali Professor H. Muhammad Hatta Ali, SH, MH The Chair of the Indonesian Supreme Court  Mahkamah Agung RI  Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara No 9-13  Tel: +62 21 3843348, +62 21 3810350, +62 21 3457661 Fax: + 62 21 […]

INDONESIA: Reconciliation Task Force cannot replace Human Rights Court

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo Mr. Joko Widodo  President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16, Jakarta Pusat, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3458 595 Fax: +62 21 3484 4759 E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id Dear President Widodo: INDONESIA: Reconciliation Task Force cannot replace […]

INDONESIA: Execution of 10 inmates will harm international relations and rights protection

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo Mr. Joko Widodo  President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16, Jakarta Pusat, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3458 595 Fax: +62 21 3484 4759 E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id Dear President Widodo: INDONESIA: Execution of 10 inmates will […]

INDIA: Citizens should not be forced to drown themselves for justice

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi  Shri Narendra Modi Prime Minster Government of India Room No. 148 B, South block,  New Delhi INDIA Fax: + 91 11 230111857 Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  INDIA: Citizens should not be forced to drown themselves for […]

INDONESIA: On Strengthening the Draft TRC Bill

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission and KontraS to Mr. Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Mr. Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly Minister of Law and Human Rights Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kavling 6-7 Kuningan Jakarta 12940, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 525 3004 Fax: +62 21 526 3082 Dear […]

THAILAND: Arbitrary detention and threats to human rights defenders and their families

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland Dear Special Rapporteurs and Working Group Members, You will be aware of the significant threats to human rights which have followed the 22 […]

SRI LANKA: AHRC complains to the IGP about the notorious torturer Sergeant Basnayake of Chilaw

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Inspector General of Police We reproduce below a letter sent by the Executive Director of Asian Human Rights Commission to the IGP about two cases of torture by a team led by Sergeant Basnayake, who is an OIC in the Unresolved Crimes Division of the […]

THAILAND: Military courts to process civilians violate international law

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to six Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Special Rapporteur on Torture Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful […]

SRI LANKA: An open letter to the President of the Bar Association on professional negligence of some magistrates

SRI LANKA: An open letter to the President of the Bar Association on professional negligence of some magistrates Upul Jayasuriya President Sri Lanka Bar Association (BASL) No. 153 Mihindu Mawatha Colombo 12 Sri Lanka Fax (+94) 11 244 80 90 Dear Mr. Upul Jayasuriya, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has closely monitored the situation of […]

PHILIPPINES: Culture of impunity continues

An open letter from widows in the Philippines to the US President Barack Obama President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500     Dear Mr. President Barack Obama, Greetings with the music of the bamboo flute… We write to you with much hope that your attention will bring light […]

INDONESIA: A good police chief does not tolerate torture

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Bambang Sri Herwanto, the newly inaugurated Chief of the West Sumatra Regional Police Mr. Bambang Sri Herwanto Chief of West Sumatra Regional Police Jl. Sudirman No. 55, Padang, West Sumatra INDONESIA Tel: +62 751 33416 Fax: +62 751 33416 Dear Mr. Herwanto, The Asian Human […]

NEPAL: Two years after her kidnapping and disappearance, what can we do to find out what happened to our mother Chhori Maiya Maharjan?

An Open Letter from the daughters of Chhori Maiya who want to know whereabouts of their mother. They want justice to be served now! It has been two years since Chhori Maiya Maharjan disappeared. She was on her way to Baneshwor, Kathmandu, to meet Surakchya Singh alias Nikki. Nikki was supposed to return NPRs 5 […]

INDONESIA: Bukittinggi Court’s ruling on torture compensation claim is exceptional

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Head of Bukittinggi District Court Mr. Hirdin Alamsyah Head of Bukittinggi District Court Jl. Veteran No. 219A Kota Bukittinggi, Sumatra Barat INDONESIA Tel: +62 7523 4361 Fax: +62 7523 4362 Email: pn_bukittinggi@yahoo.co.id Dear Mr. Alamsyah, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from […]

SRI LANKA: AHRC calls on the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission to intervene in the death of a suspect in police custody!

Justice Priyantha R. P. Perera Chairman, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka No 165 Kynsey Road, Borella Colombo 08 Sri Lanka   FAX; +94 11 2 694924 / +94 112 696470/ +94 112 689558 Dear Justice Priyantha Perera, SRI LANKA: A request to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission to immediately call for a report from the Inspector General […]