Open Letter

INDONESIA: The President is legally obliged to address continuous violations on the rights of victims of enforced disappearance

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA Fax: +62 21 348 34759 Dear Mr. President, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to remind you of your […]

PAKISTAN: An Open Letter to the media houses after receiving a threatening email from a journalist

It is not unusual for human rights defender to receive death threats from persons, organisations or governments that do not agree with the stance that has been taken. However, when the threats come from a journalist it reveals the devastating plunge in the right to opinion and expression that has taken place in the country […]

PHILIPPINES: Release investigation report of boy’s killing during demolition to his mother

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Ms. Leila de Lima, secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ) Ms. Leila de Lima Secretary Department of Justice (DOJ) DOJ Bldg., Padre Faura 1004 Manila PHILIPPINES Fax: +63 2 521 1614 E-mail: soj@doj.gov.ph Dear Secretary De Lima: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing […]

INDONESIA: Allegation on physical threat towards journalists in Padang should be seriously investigated

Brig. Gen. Pol. Wahyu Indra Pramugari Chief of West Sumatera Regional Police Jl. Sudirman No. 55 Padang, Sumatera Barat 25231 INDONESIA info@sumbar.polri.go.id Phone: +62 751 33416 Fax: +62 751 33416 Dear Mr. Pramugari, The AHRC is writing to make enquiries regarding a physical threat directed against seven journalists by a civilian on 13 February 2013. […]

SRI LANKA: An appeal to the President to intervene so as to prevent another beheading – the case of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar who faces the death sentence in Qatar

We reproduce below the letter written to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, the Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the case of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar who faces the death sentence by beheading in Doha, Qatar. The AHRC urges its readers to write to the President of Sri Lanka at the address shown below to urgently […]

MYANMAR: Respect appeal of deceased Phyo Wai Aung to have his name cleared

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the chairpersons of four parliamentary committees Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Chairwoman, Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law & Tranquillity Committee Thura U Aung Ko Chairman, Pyithu Hluttaw Judicial & Legal Affairs Committee U Aung Nyein Chairman, Amyotha Hluttaw Public Complaints & Petitions Committee Dr Aye […]

SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: The AHRC writes to the UN and Sri Lankan President

(Note: We reproduce below the text of the letter written to the UN High Commissioner and the President of Sri Lanka requesting to cause an inquiry into the verdict and the execution of Rizana Nafeek who was executed in Saudi Arabia on January 9.) The AHRC requests all concerned persons to write to the UN […]

WORLD: The plan to impeach the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and imminent danger to the rule of law and democracy in Sri Lanka

An Open Letter from the Asian Legal Resource Centre to Honourable Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations General Secretary Honourable Mr. Ban Ki-moon Secretary General United Nations SA-1B15 New York, NY 10027 Fax: + 212-963-7055 Honourable Secretary General  Re: The plan to impeach the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and imminent danger to the rule of […]

WORLD: The plan to impeach the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and the imminent danger to the rule of law and democracy

An Open Letter from the Asian Legal Resource Centre to Honourable Ms. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Honourable Ms. Navanethem Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)  Palais Wilson  52 rue des Pâquis  CH-1201 Geneva SWITZERLAND Fax: +41 22 […]

PAKISTAN: The gender discrimination in superior courts allows for only three females out of 103 judges

Please sign the online petition to eliminate gender discrimination from the superior courts of Pakistan Mr. Iftekhar Choudry, Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court of Pakistan Constitution Avenue, Islamabad PAKISTAN Fax: + 92 51 9213452 E-mail: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk Mr. Asif Ali Zardari President of Pakistan President’s Secretariat Islamabad PAKISTAN Tel: +92 51 9204801/9214171 Fax: +92 51 9207458 Email: […]

SRI LANKA: Speak out in defending judicial independence, before it is too late

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Judges of Sri Lanka Honourable Judges: I am writing on behalf of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) under extraordinary circumstances as the gravity of the issues involved compels me to do so. The issue that I wish to seek your attention is the […]

BANGLADESH: AHRC replies to the Chairperson of NHRC

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh; case of Mr. Razzak justifies AHRC’s position about the NHRC of Bangladesh ‘The ridiculous role of the NHRC in a completely collapsed rule of law system.‘ Prof. Mizanur Rahman Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission 11th Floor, Gulfeshan […]

SRI LANKA: The killing of 27 prisoners at the Welikade Prison in Colombo

The Asian Human Rights Commission has written to the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions regarding the incident at the Welikada Prison in Sri Lanka on November 9, 2012. The full text of the letter may be seen below: Mr. Christof Heyns Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions C/o OHCHR Palais […]

INDONESIA: Supreme Court should encourage judges not to impose death penalty

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the Honourable Hatta Ali, Chief Justice of the Indonesian Supreme Court The Honourable Hatta Ali Chief Justice of the Indonesian Supreme Court Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara No. 9-13 Jakarta Pusat 10010 INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 384 3348, 345 7661 Fax: +62 21 381 0357 Your […]

BURMA: Lawyer who returned believing situation changed jailed

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Myanmar/Burma U Thein Sein President President’s Office Office No.18 Naypyitaw MYANMAR Dear President We regret to learn that a lawyer who returned to Myanmar from exile abroad at your behest has been imprisoned on the unjust charges from which he fled in […]

PHILIPPINES: Not only witnesses, but complainants needs protection, too

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Sr. Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. Spokesperson Philippine National Police (PNP) Camp General Rafael Crame Quezon City PHILIPPINES Tel: +63 2 726 4361/ 4366/ 8763 Fax: + +63 2724 8763 Dear Sr. Supt. Cerbo: […]

MYANMAR / BANGLADESH: Victims of communal violence in Rakhine State require shelter and relief

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Myanmar (Burma) and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh U Thein Sein President President’s Office Office No.18 Naypyitaw MYANMAR Honourable Mrs. Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Office of the Prime Minister Tejgaon, Dhaka BANGLADESH Fax: +880 2 […]

INDONESIA: President’s commitment to tackle disappearance cases on test

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia   Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono The President of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16 Jakarta Pusat INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 345 8595 Fax: +62 21 3483 4759   Dear Mr. President, INDONESIA: President’s commitment to tackle […]

SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Open letter to President Rajapakse on the need of diplomatic effort to save Rizana Nafeek

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to His Excellency, the President of the Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka His Excellency the Hon. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa President Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka C/- Office of the President Temple Trees, 150 Galle Road, Colombo 3 SRI LANKA Tel: +94 112473873, +9411235435, +94112326309 […]

MYANMAR: Release critically ill Phyo Wai Aung without delay — Asian Human Rights Commission

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to the President of Myanmar/Burma U Thein Sein President President’s Office Office No.18 Naypyitaw MYANMAR Dear President You will be aware that the case of 32-year-old Phyo Wai Aung, accused of involvement in the April 2010 bombing of the Myanmar New Year festival in Yangon, has […]