Statement

INDONESIA: Increasing Authority of the Prosecutor’s Office in the Revision of the Prosecutor’s Law is in fact a Breaking of the Law

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) supports the Commission for the Disappearances and Victims of Violence (KontraS), a prominant national human rights organization and the Murder Victims and Research Foundation 1965-1966 (YPKP 1966), a national organization established by victims and families of victims of past human rights abuses, condemn the revision of the Prosecutor’s Law […]

INDONESIA: A Mama Shot in Intan Jaya, Proves that the Government Failed to Protect Womens’ Rights to Security in Papua

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the shooting incident allegedly carried out by members of the Indonesian National Army (TNI) against a woman in Mamba Village, Intan Jaya. The woman who was shot was named Agustina Ondou (21). She is currently receiving treatment from the medical staff at the Community Health Center (Puskesmas) from […]

INDONESIA: A police officer who slammed a student activist must be prosecuted under the fair trial principle

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, a video with a duration of approximately 45 seconds circulated, which once again showed the brutality of a police officer. Here is the video link. In the video, a police officer can be seen slamming a participant of a demonstration onto the sidewalk, causing the person concerned to lie down and […]

BANGLADESH: Sweeping Empowerment of Executive Authorities with Impunity in Personal Data Protection Bill will Endanger Rights Activism and Research

Bangladesh’s incumbent Government is about to adopt a new law titled “Personal Data Protection Bill” (PDP Bill). Citing the excuse of protecting the right to protection of citizens’ personal data the Bangladesh Government copied the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of 2016. They revised it, fitting to the conveniences of an authoritarian rule. It has drastically […]

SRI LANKA: Legal and Societal Consequences Arising from the Failure to Deal with Enforced Disappearances

(Issued on 27 October 2021, 31st annual commemoration of the disappeared in Sri Lanka.) A statement on enforced disappearances Every year, on the 27th of October, there is a commemoration of the persons who have been made to disappear by force. The day is called ‘the day of commemoration of the enforced disappearances. On this […]

NEPAL: LONG MARCH TO JUSTICE

Statement | Nepal | 20-10-2021

A group of 14 persons mostly women, arrived in Kathmandu from the Nepalgunj District. They walked all the way which is almost over 500 kilometres. The group started their long march for justice on 14 September 2021. After being denied justice by the local Authorities, the group decided to march to the capital, Kathmandu, on […]

INDIA: Annual Mystery fever returns to kill dozens, where are the authorities?

Statement | India | 06-09-2021

Mystery fevers are no strangers to many states in India. They keep returning, almost annually, leaving a death toll behind. They make news with their onset, media follows the trails, deaths subside and then the trails go cold. Other than this almost orchestrated performance of all the stakeholders barring victims and their families, the only […]

SRI LANKA: UN Human Rights Mechanisms Ought to Explore New Approaches to Protect Rights

For several decades now, the widespread practice of enforced disappearances has been experienced in Sri Lanka in a very large scale Despite many attempts by the UN human rights agencies including the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, there are hardly any cases where credible investigations or prosecutions have taken place concerning the cases which sometimes […]

BANGLADESH: Pro-government entities create copyright disputes over virtual contents critical of the regime

Governmental repressions continue as Bangladesh keeps curbing the civic space of the people with impunity. The Sheikh Hasina government has systematically using multiple technics and spying technological tools to curb the freedom of expression in online and off-line. The pro-regime cyber-worriers have launched a trend of creating fake copyright disputes over the contents that criticise the government. […]

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: පාදුක්ක පොලීසියේදී අතවරයට පත් කාන්තාවක් ජනාධිපතිතුමාට හා පොලිස්පතිතුමාට කරන අභියාචනය

මෙය https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Kf1r9dmP8 ඉහත සදහන් සදහන් යූ ටියුබ් නාලිකාවෙන් නැරඹිය හැකිය. ඇයගේ පණිවිඩය ලේඛණ ගත කිරීමක් පහත සදහන් වෙි. මමයි මගේ දරු දෙන්නයි ලොකු දුවයි පොඩි දුවයි මහත්තයයි ගියා පාදුක්ක පොලීසියට පැමිණිල්ලක් දාන්න ඒ ගියේ මගේ පොඩි දෙන්නා වට්ස් ඇප් එකේ වැඩ කරනවා ඔන්ලයින්. මගේ දුවට පිරිමි ළමයෙක් එවලා තිබුනා නිරුවත් ෆොටෝ වගයක්. අපි ඒ පිරිමි […]

WORLD: The Future Implications of the Impact of Covid-19 on Communications in Social Movements

Statement | World | 16-07-2021

Covid-19 is a moment of beginning in terms of substantive cultural change in the poorer countries in Asia. Having closely observed the situation of societal reactions to Covid-19, which is one of the most challenging moments faced particularly in developing countries like the four countries related to this project: Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, […]

INDIA: A torturous wait for the end of torture

Statement | India | 28-06-2021

Even as the world commemorated the International Day in support of Victims of Torture as per the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT), there seems to be no end of torture for the foreseeable future in India. In fact, forget urgency, authorities in India seem to […]

NEPAL: The Asian Human Rights Commission’s Message on the United Nations International Day In Support of Victims of Torture 2021

Statement | Nepal | 25-06-2021

26 June is celebrated worldwide as the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It is a day dedicated to the victims of torture and their families. But the Police, mostly in Asian countries and Nepal, rely on confessions rather than on conducting proper investigations. In order to eliminate the practice of torture, […]

INDONESIA: Reforming the Criminal Law Procedure is a Must to Prevent Torture

Torture is still taking place in Indonesia. There is a serious gap between national regulation and international Human Rights Laws. Indonesia is a State Party to two important international human rights instruments. They are the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading […]

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: වධහිංසාවට එරෙහි වින්දිතයන්ට සහාය දැක්වීමේ ජාත්‍යන්තර දිනය. ආසියානු මානව හිමිකම් කොමිසමේ පණිවිඩය

01. ස්ථාවර හා සෞභාග්‍යමත් සමාජයක අත්තිවාරම වන්නේ සාධාරණ නීති පද්ධතියක් හා එම නීති පද්ධතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කල හැකි ආයතන පැවතීමත් මතය. නීතිය ක්‍රියාවට දැමීමේ වගකීම පැවරෙන ආයතනය පොලීසියයි. වෘතීමය වශයෙන් නිපුණ නිදහස්ව ක්‍රියා කල හැකි දූෂණයෙන් හා අශීලාචාරත්වයෙන් තොර පොලිස් ආයතනයක් ස්ථාවර සමාජයකට අත්‍යාවශ්‍යය. 02. සිවිල් පොලිස් ක්‍රමයක් නිසි ලෙස ගොඩනගා ගැනීමේ ප්‍රයත්නය 19 වන ශත […]

বাংলাদেশ: পুলিশী নির্যাতনের প্রাতিষ্ঠানিকতা বন্ধ করতে বিচার ব্যবস্থার আমূল সংস্কার দরকার।

২৬ জুন – নির্যাতিতদের সমর্থনে জাতিসংঘ ঘোষিত আন্তর্জাতিক দিবস উপলক্ষ্যে এশিয়ান হিউম্যান রাইটস্ কমিশনের বিবৃতি বাংলাদেশে পুলিশের মহাপরিদর্শক বেনজির আহমেদ দাবি করেছেন “সন্ত্রাস ও জঙ্গিবাদ দমনে বাংলাদেশ পুলিশের পেশাদারিত্ব, সাহসিকতা ও অভাবনীয় সাফল্য সর্বমহলে প্রশংসিত হয়েছে”। ১৪ জনু রাজশাহীর সারদায় পুলিশ সাব-ইন্সপেক্টরদের প্রশিক্ষণ সমাপনী কুচকাওয়াজ শেষে এক বক্তব্যে তিনি এমন দাবি করেছেন। যেকোনো রাষ্ট্রের আইন […]

BANGLADESH: Families Take to the Streets to Demand Justice for Enforced Disappearances

Families of victims of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings, took to the streets across Bangladesh to demand justice. The families organised human chains and rallies in different parts of the country. In the International Week of the Disappeared, the victims defied intimidation and harassment by the agencies of Bangladesh. Parents, wives, children, and siblings of […]

BANGLADESH: Government Abuses COVID-19 Lockdown for Mass Arrests and Muzzling Freedoms

The Bangladesh Government continues its ruthless campaign of gagging freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly. In the spree of muzzling the people’s freedom of expression, hundreds have been arbitrarily detained under the Digital Security Act-2018, Anti-Terrorism Act-2009, Special Powers Act-1974, Official Secrets Act-1923, the Penal Code-1860, and other draconian laws under the incumbent Government of Sheikh Hasina. Investigative Journalist […]

SOUTH KOREA: HOW to HONOUR the heroes of the Gwangju uprising in 1980?

On May 18th, the Gwangju uprising is being celebrated in the Republic of Korea as well as elsewhere. It has been the position of the Asian Human Rights Commission that May 18th should be recognized as a universal day of commemoration and also reaffirm the commitment to democracy, human rights, and human dignity. The most […]

NEPAL: Covid-19 and governance, the collapse of a conscience

Statement | Nepal | 14-05-2021

Nepal on 13 May 2021 reported 8,842 new Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide infection tally to 431,191. Nepal on 12 May reported 9,238 new cases and 168 Covid-19 related fatalities. Similarly, 9,317 new cases and 225 Covid-19 related deaths were recorded on 11 May and 9,127 new cases and 139 […]