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THAILAND: New protests announced; censorship up 500%

(Hong Kong, January 17, 2007) A coalition of anti-coup groups has announced new protests against the military junta in Thailand, while another concerned about media freedom has reported a sharp increase in censorship there. The 19 September Anti-Coup Network announced on Wednesday that it will call for street protests on January 19 and 21. “We […]

JAPAN: AHRC welcomes call for Japanese government to take up killings in Philippines

(Hong Kong, January 16, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Monday welcomed the submitting of a letter requesting the Japanese government to take up extrajudicial killings in the Philippines more forcefully with the government there. A coalition of fourteen Japanese civil society groups submitted the letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on […]

THAILAND: AHRC condemns renewal of emergency rule in south, revival of cold war “death squad” command

THAILAND: AHRC condemns renewal of emergency rule in south, revival of cold war “death squad” command (Hong Kong, January 12, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Friday condemned the announcement that Thailand’s military regime will again renew emergency rule over the southern provinces on January 20. “The worsening violence in the south of […]

BANGLADESH: AHRC cautiously welcomes order on separation of judiciary

(Hong Kong, January 11, 2007) A new order by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh that the country’s judges be set free from government control has been cautiously welcomed by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), which has called for a clear plan to implement it. On Wednesday the full bench of the Appellate Division, presided […]

AHRC calls for Security Council intervention in Burma

Embargoed for Release: Friday, 6 June 2003 At: 02:00 GMT For more information, please contact: In Hong Kong, Basil Fernando: +852-2698-6339 AHRC calls for Security Council intervention in Burma (Hong Kong, 6 June 2003) – The UN Security Council must urgently intervene to address the situation in Burma after the most recent attack on the […]

MYANMAR: Thousands of people are displaced and starving

Myanmar: Thousands of people are displaced and starving Mr. Ali Saleem of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) made an oral intervention on behalf of the ALRC on ‘Food insecurity in Myanmar’ at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights under the Agenda Item 10: Economic, social and cultural rights. This intervention […]

INDONESIA: Five years after May 1998 rights, those responsible for the atrocities remain at large

Indonesia: Five years after May 1998 rights, those responsible for the atrocities remain at large Mr. Timothy R. Gill of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) made an oral intervention on behalf of the ALRC on ‘Racially motivated riots in Indonesia in May 1998’ at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights […]

INDIA: A crime against humanity in Gujarat and state government’s complicity

India: A crime against humanity in Gujarat and state government’s complicity Mr. Timothy R. Gill of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) made an oral intervention on behalf of the ALRC on ‘A crime against humanity in Gujarat’ at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights under the Agenda Item 9: Question […]

KASHMIR: Prominent journalist in Srinagar, Muzamil Jaleel, assaulted by Indian police

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is alarmed to learn that a close associate of AHRC and an associate member of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Muzamil Jaleel, has been assaulted by several police officers who were escorting Superintendent of Police (East) Rafiqul Hassan on the night of Aug. 31, 2002.  Mr. Jaleel is […]

AHRC Media Release: Australia: High Commissioner Appointee responsible for atrocities

AHRC MEDIA Release  28 June 2001  Australia: High Commissioner Appointee responsible for atrocities  Former detainee under General Perera speaks out  Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is issuing today an eyewitness account [attached] of extreme physical and psychological torture, overcrowding and hundreds of disappearances/extrajudicial killings at an illegal military detention camp (in Wehera, Kurunegala district, 25 […]