Urgent Appeal Update

INDONESIA: Military court III-19 Jayapura Papua must examine witnesses from victim’s family

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), a national human rights organization, regarding the trial of Mr. Isak, who was tortured to death by military personnel. So far, the trial in the Military Court III-19, Jayapura, Papua has only […]

INDONESIA: Military judges must effectively prosecute torture and death of Papuan man

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), a national human rights organization, regarding the case of torture and death of Mr. Isak Dewayekua (23), an indigenous Papuan. Army personnel of Yonif 755/Yalet unlawfully arrested and detained Isak and tortured […]

INDONESIA: Pandeglang man sentenced with five-years imprisonment and 100 million Rupiah fine for Facebook entries

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the trial process of Mr. Anoldy Bahari, a resident of Gadog village, Cibitung sub-district, Pandeglang Regency, Banten Province. The judges of Pandeglang District Court ignored evidence, witnesses and defence petitions submitted by Alnoldy. On the contrary, the judges merely considered the witnesses […]

INDONESIA: Light punishment for unlawful arrest and torture to death of Mr. La Gode

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from the Commission for the Disappearances and Victims of Violence, KontraS (a national human rights organization). It concerns the results of a Police Ethic Mechanism lodged against three Police Officers of the Sula Police Station (Polres Sula), North Mollucas Province. After carrying out […]

INDONESIA: East Java High Court sentenced environmental activist to 10-month imprisonment

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the East Java High Court sentencing of Mr. Heri Budiawan, alias Budi Pego, an environmental activist, to 10-months imprisonment. Despite the fact that Budi’s lawyer had presented evidences and witness testimony explaining that the original banners with a Communist logo have never […]

INDONESIA: Environment activists in Tumpang Pitu sentenced to 10-month imprisonment

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the Banyuwangi district court’s sentence of Mr. Heri Budiawan alias Budi Pego, an environment activist, to 10-months imprisonment. In addition, three other activists as well as community members also have been named as suspects, and an investigation is still going on. Budi […]

INDONESIA: Further investigation needed in the case of burning Bibles, excessive use of force and firing in Papua

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from our local partner in Papua, that the Military Court III-19 sentenced a defendant for burning Bibles to 30 months imprisonment, and dismissal from service. However, there has been no further investigation into the army’s excessive use of force in dispersing protesters, including […]

INDONESIA: Six months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the stagnant investigation of the acid attack case against Mr. Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Even after six months, the police investigation has still produced no results. Despite family and public requests for President Joko Widodo […]

INDONESIA: Police investigators improperly discontinue investigation concerning attack and violence against public lawyer

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the decision issued by the police investigators of South Jakarta Police Office discontinuing the investigation into a brutal attack against Mr. Aldo Felix Januardy, a public lawyer at Jakarta Legal Aid. Since the attack was reported to the police, there has been no […]

INDONESIA: Tumpang Pitu villager in mining operations is the victim of a fabricated case

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding a fabricated case against Mr. Heri Budiawan. He is known as Budi Pego, a villager of Sumber Agung village, Banyuwangi, East Java Province. Budi took an active part in advocacy efforts for a safe and protected environment for Tumpang Pitu, Banyuwangi Regency. […]

BANGLADESH: Missing poet Farhad Mazhar has been found – AHRC calls for an independent inquiry into the incident

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the case of the missing poet and activist Farhad Mazhar, who has been found. His disappearance and subsequent rescue has thrown up more questions than answers as our update will show. The AHRC had earlier issued an Urgent Appeal urging the relevant […]

INDONESIA: Judges release three suspects illegally arrested for theft

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that the Bekasi district court released three suspects being tried for motorcycle theft. The judgment clearly proves that the police investigators at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Office misused their power in investigating the alleged crime conducted by the three suspects. Therefore, the three […]

INDONESIA: Two months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the acid attack case against senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Mr. Novel Baswedan. Since the attack occurred on 11 April 2017 until present, there is no progress. Despite the police having arrested and interrogated the alleged perpetrators, they were […]

INDONESIA: Judges annul suspect status of three detainees for motorcycle theft

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding a pretrial judgment cancelling the suspect status of three detainees for motorcycle theft. Assisted by Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta), the three detainees sued the Jakarta Metropolitan Police about the illegality of the investigation process and their suspect status. However, despite the […]

SRI LANKA: Yet again Polpithigama Police torture an innocent man, and concoct a fabricated charge

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information regarding the arrest, detention and torture of Mr. D V Jeevan Kumara Gunasinghe from Thambuwa, Ma-Eliya in the Kurunegala District. On 2nd January 2017, he has been illegally arrested, detained, tortured and brought to the Polpithigama Police Station after failing to assist the police obtain […]

INDONESIA: Judges sentenced four farmers and a Priest who illegally reclaimed land occupied by Bangun Nusa Indah Lampung Company (PT. BNIL)

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information provided by Bandar Lampung Legal Aid (LBH Bandar Lampung). It is regarding an unfair trial and a fabricated case faced by the Tulang Bawang farmers and a Priest, Father Sugianto who defended and spent time in solidarity with the farmers. So far, there […]

THAILAND: Cout to hear request of revoking activist’s bail in lese majeste case

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the on-going judicial harassment of student activist Jatupat Boonphattaraksa in Thailand. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), on 22 December 2016, at 9 a.m., the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen, in the northeastern region of Thailand, will conduct a hearing regarding a police request to revoke […]

INDONESIA: Three Sukamulya villagers released on bail; many still suffer trauma

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information provided by the Land Reform Commission (KPA), a national NGO documenting land conflicts,regarding the current legal status of three residents of Sukamulya Village, Kertajati Sub-district, Majalengka Regent, West Java Province. They were detained on17 November 2016 and have finally just been granted bail. […]

INDONESIA: Judges of Central Jakarta District Court refuse Prosecutor’s indictment and order rehabilitation of 26 defendants

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been updated by Jakarta Legal Aid regarding the prosecution against 23 labor activists, two public lawyers, and one university student in the Central Jakarta District Court. The Judges have stated that there is not enough evidence to punish the 26 defendants, and therefore the judges have […]

THAILAND: Drop all charges before trial against two student activists

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding two student activists who have been arrested in Chaiyaphum province, north eastern Thailand, for distributing anti-constitution flyers. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Phu Khiao Provincial Court postponed an evidence examination session. This is due to the fact that […]