Urgent Appeal Case

NEPAL: Police illegally arrested and tortured innocent man

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) that the local police illegally arrested and tortured 25-year-old Mr. Bikki Mehtar in order to obtain a confession regarding the murder of Ms. Asha Dev, who was found murdered on October 18. The police took Mehtar […]

INDIA: Harassment and detention of students and professors of Manipur University

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Human Rights Alert, Manipur regarding the continued harassment and detention of the students of Manipur University. CASE NARRATIVE: There has been no rest at Manipur University since the Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed its new Vice-Chancellor in October 2016. After inquiry, he […]

INDONESIA: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans. The police have accused the tourist of misusing his visa and being involved in selling illegal bullets in Papua. Civil society and human […]

INDONESIA: Woman convicted of blasphemy for commenting on Mosque’s loudspeaker volume

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding criminal charges against Mrs. Meiliana, for requesting to lower the volume of the Azaan (call to prayer) in the Mosque near her house. The local prosecutor then arrested her and indicted her under the Blasphemy article of the Indonesian Penal Code. Although Meiliana’s […]

INDONESIA: Environmental activists convicted by Semarang Court

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), a national human rights organization, regarding criminal charges against five environmental activists who advocated against pollution caused by the RUM company. The five protested against the Company due to the complete lack of […]

INDONESIA: Police and government staff forcibly dispersed movie screening in Papuan students’ dormitory

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding intimidation, harassment and forced dispersal of a discussion and movie screening organized by Papuan students in their student dormitory in Surabaya, East Java province. The head of Tambaksari sub-district, along with the police, civil service police unit (satpol PP) and military personnel, forcibly […]

INDIA: Peaceful student protesters met with police brutality in Manipur

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights(YFPHR) regarding the brutality of Manipur’s police personnel against protesting students of the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) CASE NARRATIVE: On the 16th of July, 2018, the members of the Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur […]

INDONESIA: Papuan human rights defender intimated and threatened by Yahukimo Regent’s campaign staff

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the terror and intimidation experienced by Mr. Theo Hesegem, a Papuan human rights defender. Prior to this intimidation, Theo advocated against the Yahukimo Regent’s abuse of power in unlawfully dismissing 199 village heads. While this has been reported to the authorities, no action […]

NEPAL: Ganga Maya is dying for justice; urgent intervention needed to save her life

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Advocacy Forum that Ganga Maya Adhikari from Fujel, Gorkha district has started another hunger strike demanding the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order and impartial investigation and prosecution into the murder case of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. Krishna Prasad’s father perished […]

INDONESIA: Ahmadiyya congregation in Lombok Timur brutally attacked and forcibly evicted

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal attack and forced eviction of Ahmadiyya homes in Lombok Timur committed by anti-tolerant groups. The police and the local government failed to ensure protection for the Ahmadiyya. Up until present, there is no clear law enforcement committed by the law enforcement […]

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous peasant leader killed while two indigenous communities forcibly displaced due to militarization

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you about the killing of an indigenous peasant leader in Agusan del Norte and the displacement of two indigenous communities. The peasant leader was involved in defending his ancestral land against large-scale mining. The two indigenous communities displaced were subjected to militarization. CASE […]

PHILIPPINES: Four people arrested and implicated in three separate false cases

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the wrongful arrest of four people in three separate cases. In the first case, a human rights defender was denied her right to call her family and lawyer to inform of her arrest. In the second case, indigenous peasants were tortured and […]

INDONESIA: Company confiscated customary land belonging to a local indigenous tribe in West Papua

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) regarding a customary land dispute between Bintuni Agro Prima Perkasa Company and the Mpur Tribe in Tambrauw Regency, West Papua province. The company did not inform or seek consent of the local tribe regarding its project […]

PHILIPPINES: Two women activists killed in separate incidents while urban poor office harassed

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you about the killing of two women activists in separate incidents, and the harassment of the urban poor office. One of the women actively opposed large scale mining in Agusan Del Sur, while the second formerly led a local women’s group in Aurora […]

PHILIPPINES: Five peasants arrested as alleged rebels in Cagayan Valley

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you regarding the arrest and trumped up charges against five peasants in Cagayan Valley. The military claims the five farmers are rebels. One of the victims is presently detained at the Bureau of Management Penology (BJMP) in Ilagan, while the others are in Isabela […]

PHILIPPINES: Peasant leader killed for land rights campaign in Negros

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you about the killing of a peasant leader in Negros Occidental. The victim actively led landrights campaign in their area. The three unknown assailants were aboard a motorcycle. CASE NARRATIVE: Based on the documentation by the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights […]

PHILIPPINES: Civilians tagged as rebels and killed in two separate alleged encounters

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you about the killing of civilians in two separate encounters by the military. Three civilians were killed in Camarines Sur, while one teenager was killed in North Cotabato, with the military claiming him to be a child soldier. CASE NARRATIVE: Based on the […]

PHILIPPINES: Catholic priest allegedly killed for his advocacy in Cagayan

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you about the killing of a priest in Cagayan. Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura was known for being an anti-mining advocate and supporting indigenous peoples. The unidentified perpetrators shot Fr. Mark after he finished celebrating a mass. CASE NARRATIVE: Based on the documentation by […]

PHILIPPINES: Government petition lists human rights defenders as “terrorists”

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you regarding the labeling of human rights defenders and activists as terrorists. The human rights defenders in the petition belong and serve to their respective organisations. CASE NARRATIVE: Based on the documentation by the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights (KARAPATAN) On 21 […]

PHILIPPINES: Peasant leader killed for campaigning against mining in Compostela Valley

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you of the killing of a peasant leader in Compostela Valley. The victim and his organization were actively campaigning against mining activities in the province. The killing was allegedly perpetrated by elements from the 46th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA). CASE […]