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INDIA: Nationwide arrests of Activists in India a step towards the country becoming a Police State

Statement | India | 03-09-2018

On the 28th of August 2018, several raids and arrests were made by the Pune Police across India. These raids were on the homes of well-known Human Rights Defenders, Advocates and Activists. The rationale behind the raids and arrests kept changing although two charges remained constant. First accused were those arrested as having instigated a caste […]

INDIA: Kerala and Karnataka floods a grim reminder to protect the environment

Statement | India | 31-08-2018

Since late July 2018 Kerala started receiving unusually high rainfall (a total of 3,368 mm rainfall in this monsoon). This was initially ignored, as this southern-most state is a frequent recipient of torrential rains. With time however, matters worsened and for the first time in history, 35 out of 42 dams in Kerala had to […]

WORLD: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: Powerlessness before extra-judicial killings

Statement | World | 30-08-2018

Today, the world commemorates the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Enforced Disappearances is one of the recurring tragedies that is happening throughout the world. Many countries, particularly less-developed countries, now adopt enforced disappearances as the easiest way of dealing with problems that Governments find difficult to cope with. The twin evils of […]

INDIA: CBI verdict in Udayakumar case finds police guilty 13 years after custodial death

Statement | India | 17-08-2018

On 25 June 2018, a CBI Special Court in Thiruvananthapuram awarded the death penalty to two police officers accused of murder in a custodial death case for the first time, while another three accused are facing three years in jail. The case is infamously known as the ‘Urutti Kola’ case due to the torture technique used; the rolling […]

SRI LANKA: Understanding what governance means in a democracy

Phrases like ‘good governance’ are often used in less developed countries without attaching a specific meaning to them. The experience of the present government in Sri Lanka is a clear example of this. Since the January 2015 election victory, ‘good governance’ has been used to talk about everything. In actual fact however, the country has […]

NEPAL: Police resort to encounter killing of child abductors

Statement | Nepal | 10-08-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned by the police encounter killing of Ajay Tamang and Gopal Tamang on 6 August 2018. A team from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division shot dead Ajay and Gopal after the police figured out that they killed 11-year-old Nishan Khadka on Sunday evening from Kandaghari of Bhaktapur district. Ajay […]

INDIA: Women workers in Kerala win prolonged battle for ‘right to sit’

Statement | India | 08-08-2018

The struggle for the right to sit is not a new one for female workers in Kerala. In Kerala, eight years ago, a women’s collective Penkootu, took up the issue of the right to sit (‘iruppu samaram’) at the workplace, especially in saree and jewellery showrooms. Without this right, saleswomen were not allowed to take […]

NEPAL: Political drama must not taint country’s judiciary

Statement | Nepal | 03-08-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been watching Nepal’s political drama unfold over the past month with great concern. The main characters in this drama are Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshee, who is the nominee for the Chief Justice, the government and the 15 members Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC). The Constitutional Committee […]

BANGLADESH: Teenagers teach discipline while authorities use torture and intimidation

The death of two college students under the wheels of a reckless bus has triggered massive protests in Bangladesh since July 29. The protests have spread across Dhaka and to other cities of the country. Two teenagers, Abdul Karim Rajib and Diya Khanam Mim, were run over by a bus while waiting for public transport […]

INDIA: Delhi hunger deaths sad indicator of increasing starvation across the country

Statement | India | 30-07-2018

The deaths of three girls aged eight, four and two from prolonged starvation hascaused much shock and uproar throughout India. This is largely because the deaths took place in New Delhi, the national capital, as well as because the autopsy report found that the children had not eaten anything for eight days straight. The girls had not eaten […]

NEPAL: Government finally agrees to medical reforms after 27 days of Dr. Govinda K.C.’s hunger strike

Statement | Nepal | 27-07-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) salutes the undeterred courage of Dr. Govinda K.C., who singlehandedly brought Nepal’s government to its knees after staging a fast-unto-death hunger strike for 27 days. Dr. Govinda K.C. started his 15th hunger strike from Jumla district on 30 June 2018, demanding that the medical education law should be drafted based on […]

BANGLADESH: Civic space denied and ruling party takes laws in hand

Bangladesh’s human rights situation has alarmingly deteriorated over the past years, and it tends to get worse. Exercising of basic freedoms by the ordinary people appears to be impossible under the current regime. Freedom of peaceful assembly and association is being denied and dealt with cruelty. Both the law enforcement agencies of the state and […]

INDIA: 72,000 children died due to lack of doctors in just one state

Statement | India | 18-07-2018

While replying to a question in state assembly, the government of Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, recently admitted to the death of 72,000 children in the Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) of government hospitals in the state. The data from the National Health Mission further revealed that these deaths took place between 2009 and 2017. […]

INDIA: Public official’s escorts assault High Court lawyer in Manipur

Statement | India | 17-07-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission has taken note of the aggressive treatment meted out to Mr. Sevananda Laimayum by a Government official and his escorts. Mr. Sevananda Laimayum is an advocate, serving as the treasurer in the High Court of Manipur’s Bar Association. According to news reports, at around 5:10 pm on the 29th of June […]

INDONESIA: Law enforcement in Papua must respect fair trial and due process principles

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the unlawful arrest and detention committed by police officers of the Timika Police Office (Polres Timika) between 9 and 10 June 2018. Five indigenous Papuans were arrested without any arrest warrant: Titus Kwalik (48), Polce Sugumol (31), Julianus Dekme (31), Alosius Ogolmagai (49), and Orpa Wanjomal (40). According […]

NEPAL: Deteriorating health of Dr. KC, lone crusader fighting against medical mafia

Statement | Nepal | 11-07-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned at the deteriorating health of Dr. Govinda KC, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike in Jumla district since 30 June 2018. Dr. KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon, is seeking reforms in the country’s medical education sector. In particular, he is demanding the enactment of a […]

ASIA: Renowned woman activist waylaid and assaulted

Statement | Asia | 09-07-2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the attack on well-known activist Amitha Priyanthi on July 6, when she was walking towards her home in Moragawala, Aluthgama. Two motorcyclists dressed in black, with helmets covering their faces, stopped and assaulted her on her head and other parts of the body. They took her handbag, which […]

INDIA: Fake rumours and spate of mob lynchings destroying the rule of law

Statement | India | 04-07-2018

For several months now, rumours of traveling child snatchers have been floating around the country, spreading fear through Whatsapp messages and Facebook posts. Recently, the consequences of these rumours was the lynching and killing of two men from Guwahati who ventured into the tribal region of Karbi Anglong in Assam, and, of a group of five […]

INDIA: Victims of torture need effective accountability mechanisms

Statement | India | 26-06-2018

A Statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture June 26th every year is marked as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) works closely with victims of torture through its network of partner organisations across the countries it works in. […]

INDONESIA: Twenty years reform failed to increase standard of justice for torture victims

A Statement on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture Torture remains a serious problem in Indonesia, even though it has been 20 years since it ratified the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). There are also various national regulations prohibiting torture: […]