Urgent Appeal Case

Philippines: An Appeal to Commute Death Sentence of Leo Echegaray

Leo Echegaray is the first person to be sentenced to death in the Philippines in two decades. Leo Echegaray may face execution by lethal injection on 4 January 1999. Only a Presidential Review will stay the execution at this stage. Leo Echegaray was sentenced to death for raping the child of his mistress. This appeal […]

Bangladesh: Nirendranath Adhikari Released After 7 Years in Jail Without Trial

Introduction Nirandra Nath Odhikari, 25, had been put in jail for seven years without being tried by court in Bangladesh after he was arrested allegedly for murdering his grandmother. 15 January 1998 Asian Human Rights Commission, upon receiving the information from local groups,released an Urgent Appeal[AHRC UA980115] and brought his case to the attention of […]

Burma: Fear for the Safety of 7 Monks

There are serious concern for the safety of seven monks who were involved in the 23 November 1998, demonstration in Mandalay, Burma. The SPDC government is searching for the seven monks namely: 1. Ashin Wilartha Mya Taung Monastery Mandalay 2. Ashin Za Nin Da Khin Makan Monastery Mandalay 3. Ashin May Gi Da Gwe Cho […]

Singapore: Petition to Ratify ICCPR and ICESR and Repeal the ISA

6 December 1998: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Human Rights Day 80 people including former political detainees and many children, gathered at the Excelsior Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The gathering was a historical event as it was the first time that Singapore¬ís longest serving political detainee, Chia […]

Malaysia: Defense Lawyer Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail

Zainur Zakaria, a lawyer defending former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim against criminal charges, was sentenced to three months jail for contempt of court on November 30, 1998. Zainur Zakaria was sentenced after refusing to apologize for submitting an affidavit alleging that prosecutors tried to fabricate evidence against Mr. Anwar. Mr Raja Aziz […]

Letter from Tian Chua

Dear friends, Got into PJ (Petaling Jaya) lock-up about 4:30 pm. Met Nusrat briefly at the police office, then the SBs quickly took me into the lock-up. The conditions – cleanliness wise – here are much better, at least the groud is lined with plankwood, instead of cement as in Dang Wangi. As soon as […]

India: Signature Campaign for Dalits’ Human Rights

260 million Dalits are determined to cast out caste in the new millenium. The Dalits Human Rights Charter is produced by Dalit groups in India. They have lauched a signature campaign in India – the collected signatures with Dalits Human Rights Charter will be presented to the Indian government on 1oth December 1998, International Human […]

Malaysia: Re-Hearing of Remand Applications

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia. People are defying the police as the government declared illegal any pro-Anwar Ibrahim demonstrations. These week police have threathen that illegal protester could be arrested under the Internal Security […]

SOUTH KOREA: SUH Joon-sik, A Human Rights Activist Arrested Again

A veteran human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience SUH Joon-sik, director of Saranobang Group for Human Ricihts in Korea was arrested by the police at Sarangbang offtce at 500 P,m. on 4 November 1997. He was detained for organizing the human rights film festival, for \”benefiting\” North Korea and for failing to report […]

Malaysia: Malaysian People’s Courageous Fight for Democracy

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. Five persons are still detained under the Malaysian Internal Security Act [ISA]. Anwar detained under ISA, which was later lifted, is still remanded in jailed. Meanwhile, 178 persons were charged with illegal assembly, disobeying police orders and […]

Malaysia: ISA Detentions and More Than 230 Detained for "Illegal Assembly"

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. Five persons are still detained under the Malaysian Internal Security Law. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia. People are defying the police as the government declared illegal any pro-Anwar Ibrahim demonstrations. These week police have […]

Malaysia: Internal Security Detentions and Other Arrests

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. One more person arrested under the Malaysian detentions Internal Security Law. Two human rights activst arrested over the weekend. Further update on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia. ISA Detainees 1. Anwar Ibrahim, Ex-deputy Prime Minister and Finance […]

Malaysia: 134 Arrested at Peaceful Rally Including Two Human Rights Defenders

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEAL [UPDATE] The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. One more person arrested under the Malaysian detentions Internal Security Law. Two human rights activst arrested over the weekend. Further update on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia 980922, updates 980923, […]

Malaysia: Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign

Malaysia: Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign October 14, 1998 AHRC UA981015 Malaysia 15 October 1998 ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEAL The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to SUPPORT THE WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN launched by our Malaysian networks on their current situation. One more person arrested under the Malaysian detentions Internal Security Law. […]

Malaysia: Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim Tortured

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate action on the current Malaysian detentions under Internal Security Law. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia 980922, updates 980923 and 980925. 2 September 1998: Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammed removed Anwar Ibrahim as deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia 20 September 1998: Anwar Ibrahim […]

south Korea: More than 100 Trade Unionists Detained

Abbreviations KCTU – Korean Confederation of Trade Unions KMWF – Korean Metal Workers Federation KFPU – Korean Federation of Public Sector Unions KTTU – Korea Telecom Trade Union KFCTU – Korean Federation of Chemical Textile Workers Unions KOFU – Korean Federation of Financial Institute Trade Unions ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate […]

Malaysia: Detentions Under Internal Security Act (ISA)

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate action on the current Malaysian detentions under Internal Security Law. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia 980922 and update 980923. BRIEF SUMMARY: The wife of former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is under intense intimidation, harassment and harsh conditions are imposed […]

Cambodia: Monks Shot by Troops

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate action on the Cambodian situation. The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed by Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) that on 9 September 1998, police shot at 60 monks who were marching on the streets and calling for peace. It is reported that […]

Cambodia: An Appeal for Quick Recounting of Votes

Just a month ago, 26 July 1998, Cambodia help its elections for the National State Assembly. Immidiately after the counting ended on the 27th, two opposition parties made complaints to the National Election Commission (NEC) calling for recounts in some communes. The election commision however failed to comply with their legal obligation to carry out […]

Sri Lanka: Allegation of Mass Grave of About 400 Bodies – No Investigations

Former Lance Corporal Somaratne Rajapakse has received severe injuries after being attacked by his prison guards at Colombo’s Welikade jail for alleging revealing the existence of a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula according to the AFP report dated 23 August 1998. A former soldier, he revealed in July 1998, that there is a […]