Urgent Appeal Case

SRI LANKA: Innocent man tortured to death by Police of Colombo North Division

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial killing of Mr. D P Premasiri (65) of Stace Road, Grandpass, Colombo 14 in the Colombo District. On 9 August 2017, Premasiri was illegally arrested, severely tortured at his house in front of his relatives and neighbors. Later, he was handcuffed […]

SRI LANKA: Young man illegally arrested by Ragama Police

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Randeer Kaushalya (22), resident of Ragama Police Division, Gampaha District. On 15 August 2017, Randeer was illegally arrested by Police of the Ragama Police Division. He was not given any reason for his arrest. After detaining him at the Police Station, he […]

SRI LANKA: Attempt to abduct student leader in white van

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding the case of Mr. Rayan Jayalath, Convener of the Medical Faculty Students Action Committee (MFSAC) of Sri Lanka. Rayan is a medical student at the Ruhuna University, and has played a pivotal role in organizing the peoples’ movement against privatizing free education in Sri […]

PAKISTAN: Prosecute ruling party legislator for spreading religious hatred

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information. It regards the hate speech against a religious minority group, the Ahmadi Muslims. It was delivered by a member of the ruling political party, the PML-N. He is the son-in-law of the former Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Shareef. The speech resulted in dangerous […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent man illegally arrested by Negombo Police

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Vedamahagedara Janaka Aruna Shantha (40) of Udispaththuwa, Theldeniya a resident of Theldeniya Police Division. On 15 August 2017, Aruna was illegally arrested by Police Officers attached to the Negombo Headquarters Police Station. At the time of arrest he was not given the […]

INDIA: Custodial torture of a day labourer in West Bengal and failure by police to follow due process of law

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from our partner organization MASUM in West Bengal regarding the custodial torture of a daily wage labourer from a minority community and the failure of the police to follow due process of law. CASE NARRATIVE: Manirul Sk., a daily wage labourer was a […]

SRI LANKA: The disappearance of a 32-year-old man in Uragasmanhanditya

Dear Friends, Mr. S H Pushpakumara (32) of Uragasmanhandiya Police Division was a resident of Galle District. He went missing on 12 August 2017. He was a regular soldier attached to the Gajaba Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. He visited his home on a one day pass. He had permission to visit his mother […]

SRI LANKA: 31 Rohingya refugees harassed, threatened, warned by unruly mob and Police

Dear Friends, Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding the case of 31 Rohingya refugees. They were harassed, threatened and warned with more violent assaults unless they left the country. These actions were carried out by a well-organized group. The refugees comprised 16 children, 7 women and 8 adult men. They were all under […]

INDONESIA: Innocent Surabaya man wrongfully arrested entitled to adequate compensation

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our partner in East Java province, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Surabaya office. It is regarding the case of Mr. Sugeng Sugiono, a victim of wrongful arrest and a fabricated case. Police Officers in Surabaya city, East Java […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent man tortured to death by Divulapitiya Police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial killing of Mr. Naiwala Appuhamilage Gamini Edwad (50) resident of Divulapitiya Police Division. On 2 October 2017, he was illegally arrested by Crime Branch Officers of the Police Station. Later, during his interrogation, he was tortured and pressured to admit committing […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent man illegally arrested and charged by Kantale Police

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Andige Lakshitha Piyumal Peiris (26), a permanent resident of the Trincomalee District. On 6 July 2017, Piyumal was illegally arrested by Police Officers attached to the Kantale Police Station. He was accused of assaulting two Police Officers which he vehemently denied. He […]

SRI LANKA: Harassed Migrant-worker sentenced to life imprisonment in Saudi Arabia

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding Mr. D M Jayawardena Minipe in the Badulla District. He was a migrant worker who went to Saudi Arabia from Sri Lanka in 2013. On 14 November 2013 he was involved in a traffic accident which resulted in minor damage to the other vehicle. […]

SRI LANKA: Police use excessive force against peaceful protest

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to inform you about the case of excessive police force against a peaceful public protest at Hambantota Town on 6 October 2017. The protest was attended by thousands of people, including religious leaders, political party leaders, members of parliament, provincial council members, local government body […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent pedestrians fired on by Police in broad daylight at Veyangoda

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the extra-judicial attempt to kill Mr. Jayalath Pedige Udaya Samantha Sooriyakumara (31), Devala Kanda, Dorawaka a resident of Warakapola Police Division in Kegalle District. At 5:30 p.m. 15 August 2017, Samantha was walking along with his mother. On the flyover at Veyangoda, on […]

SRI LANKA: Journalist of ‘Sunday Apple’ newspaper tortured by Assistant Superintendent of Police of Tangalle

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) received information about Mr. Susantha Bandara Karunarathna, a journalist working for the ‘Sunday Apple’ newspaper. He was tortured by the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Tangalle, I. T. Daluwath. Susantha was engaged in his duties as a journalist, covering a peaceful protest at Hambantota Town on 6 […]

SRI LANKA: Lawyer’s right to visit client in police custody should be guaranteed

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received the information regarding the case of Mr. Mohanathas Iyathurai (40), resident of Kopay Police Division in Jaffna, who was arrested by police officers attached to the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of Sri Lanka Police. Not only was he arrested illegally, but his lawyer was also not […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent man illegally arrested under fabricated charges

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mr. Aandige Charuka Malinda Peiris, a resident of Kantale Police Division. Malinda was illegally arrested by Police Officers of the Kantale Police Division on 21 June 2017. He was not given any reason for his arrest. He was detained in a cell, accused […]

SRI LANKA: Human Rights Defender illegally arrested for allegedly participating in Protest against Police

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding Mrs. Kariyawasam Aarachchilage Ramani Kusumalatha (46), a resident of the Kantale Police Division. She was well reputed as a human rights defender in the area. On 13 June, Kusumalatha assisted three torture victims at the Kantale Base Hospital. Then she asked the Police […]

INDIA: Another North-Eastern Youth Goes Missing in the Capital

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has taken note of reports about the disappearance of a young man from Manipur in New Delhi. There have been many instances of youth from the northeast going missing in the National Capital Region (NCR), which is significant in light of the numerous reports of violence and […]

INDIA: Custodial torture of an enclave dweller in West Bengal by police and failure to follow due process of law

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from our partner organization MASUM in West Bengal regarding the police torture of an enclave dweller and failure to follow due process. CASE NARRATIVE: Mr. Krishna Roy, originally a resident of the Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, came to India with his family. It […]