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INDONESIA: Perjuangan kakak korban penyiksaan berlanjut pasca putusan PT Banten

UNTUK DITERBITKAN SEGERA SIARAN PERS AHRC-PRL-016-2013-ID (Hong Kong, 8 Oktober 2013) Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) telah merilis videowawancara dengan Yeni, kerabat dari Yusli yang disiksa dan ditembak hingga tewas oleh tiga anggota kepolisian pada Desember 2011. Sebelumnya pada bulan Maret tahun ini, Pengadilan Negeri Tangerang menghukum dua polisi bernama Ricky Sembiring dan Hermanto ke dua tahun penjara dan seorang […]

INDONESIA: Struggle of a torture victim’s sister continues following unjust High Court’s judgments

(Hong Kong, October 08, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released the video of an interview with Yeni, a relative of Yusli who was physically assaulted and shot to death by three police officers in December 2011. Earlier in March this year, the Tangerang District Court sentenced two police officers named Ricky Sembiring and Hermanto to two years of […]

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, […]

INDIA: Prime Minister must save RTI Act from amendments

(Hong Kong, July 31, 2012) The Asian Human Rights Commission fully endorses the following petition issued by the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) India. Online petition can be found and signed at http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/shri-manmohan-singh-prime-minister-government-of-india-save-rti-act-from-amendments.  Following is the full text of the petition. To: Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, Government of India Dear Mr. Prime […]

INDIA: Supreme Court’s scathing report against the government on encounter killings in Manipur

(Hong Kong, 19 July, 2013) “If one innocent person is killed by [the] police or other security forces in a fake encounter, it creates tremendous upsurge of hatred…people always accurately know who was innocent. People even know whether an innocent person was killed by mistake or deliberately…” said the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the […]

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 […]

PAKISTAN: Anti-torture day will be observed in Karachi, Lahore and other parts of the country

The UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims will be observed in Pakistan with a pledge to struggle to eliminate torture from society. Two seminars will be held on this occasion, as well as demonstrations against torture committed by law enforcement agencies, including the armed forces. Human rights activists will urge the government to […]

INDIA: A widow’s voice from Manipur resounds at the UN Human Rights Council

A Joint Press Release by Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), India and the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: A widow’s voice from Manipur resounds at the UN Human Rights Council (Hong Kong, 31 May 2013) Ms. Neena Ningombam, representing the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre […]

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Daughter of falsely charged activists to speak on fabrication of charges at a forum

(Hong Kong, May 29, 2013) Twenty-three year old Nicolette ‘Nikki” Gamara, whose parents have been laid with fabricated charges, will speak at a public forum tomorrow, May 30 from 7–9pm (please see below for the details of the venue), about the ongoing and systematic practice of fabricating charges against human rights and political activists in […]

INDIA: Discussion on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

A Joint Press Release by Human Rights Alert and the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: Discussion on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (Hong Kong, May 27, 2013) Human Rights Alert (HRA) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) will hold a discussion on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) at Palais […]

BURMA: Act on courts, police covering up child rape-AHRC

(Hong Kong, May 8, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday condemned ongoing efforts by the courts and police in Burma to thwart prosecution of an influential person accused of abduction and rape of a child. On April 24, the Eastern District Court hearing a charge of rape against U Myint Aung, a businessman […]

INDIA: Only a comprehensive food security law can eradicate hunger in India, not this piecemeal bill

(Hong Kong, May 06, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission endorses the following Press Note issued by the Right to Food Campaign. The AHRC urges the government of India to amend the food security bill and accommodate the changes if it is serious about tackling large-scale hunger and malnutrition plaguing the country. Following is the […]

BURMA: Lawyers’ report on Letpadaung released in English

(Hong Kong, April 10, 2013) A Burma-based lawyers group has released its findings on the Letpadaung land struggle in English. The 39-page illustrated report was submitted by the Lawyers Network (Myanmar) and the Justice Trust in February to the government’s investigation commission into events at Letpadaung, recounts the land struggle and subsequent crackdown on protestors. […]

WORLD: Asia’s Unknown Uprisings by George Katsiaficas

Asia’s Unknown Uprisings by George Katsiaficas ISBN: 978-1-60486-488-5 (Published by PM Press 2013) (Hong Kong, March 19, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to announce the release of the book: Asia’s Unknown Uprisings People power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia, 1947-2009 Asia’s Unknown Uprisings by George […]

INDONESIA: Korban penyiksaan di Papua bicara mengenai kekerasan yang dilakukan polisi

(Hong Kong/Jakarta, February 22, 2013) Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) telah merilis video interview dengan dua warga Papua yang telah menjadi korban penyiksaan oleh oknum aparat Polri. Video tersebut dapat diakses di Saluran AHRC di Youtube di http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMI1HouWMv4. Dalam video yang direkam dan awalnya disebarkan oleh seorang aktivis lokal, Eneko Pahabol dan Obed Bahabol mengungkapkan bagaimana […]

INDONESIA: Torture victims in Papua speak out on how the police had ill-treated them

(Hong Kong/Jakarta, February 22, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released the video of interview with two Papuans who were tortured by the Indonesian Police. The video is available on AHRC’s YouTube Channel on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMI1HouWMv4. On the video which was originally recorded and disseminated by a local activist, Eneko Pahabol and Obed Bahabol told […]

BANGLADESH: Rights groups urge the international community to make UPR a meaningful process

Odhikar and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (Dhaka/Hong Kong: 17 February 2013): After a series of consultations held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and Odhikar has urged the international community to participate in their fullest during the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bangladesh. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva […]

PAKISTAN: Withdraw blasphemy charges against Sherry Rehman – the country’s latest ambassador to the USA

(Hong Kong, 25 January 2013) The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its effort to gain popularity with the fundamentalists, has admitted a petition filed against Islamabad’s ambassador to the United States of America for committing blasphemy by demanding the withdrawal of the death sentence from the blasphemy laws. The petition was filed by a business […]

THAILAND: Arbitrary detention of a human rights defender and continued removal of constitutional protections

On December 19, 2012, the Criminal Court in Bangkok was scheduled to deliver the verdict in the case of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who has been charged under Article 112 of the Criminal Code.  The reading of the decision was rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 9 am at the Criminal Court in Bangkok. The […]

BURMA: Dossier of cases from Kachin State released

(Hong Kong, January21, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Monday released a special dossier of recent cases of arrest, detention, torture and extortion carried out by Burma military and police personnel in Kachin State. The 36 cases from 2012 have all been conducted under the Unlawful Associations Act, 1908, a draconian colonial-era statute under […]