Caste-based discrimination

नेपाल: ५२ औं अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय जातीय तथा रंगभेद विरुद्धको दिवसका अवसरमा एसियाली मानवअधिकार आयोग/एसियाली कानुनी स्रोत केन्द्र र जागरण मिडिया सेन्टरको संयुक्त प्रेस विज्ञप्ति

Statement | Nepal | 21-03-2017

५२ औं अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय जातीय तथा रंगभेद विरुद्धको दिवसका अवसरमा एसियाली मानवअधिकार आयोग/एसियाली कानुनी स्रोत केन्द्र र जागरण मिडिया सेन्टर संयुक्त रुपमा नेपालमा निरन्तर बढ्दै गएका जातीय भेदभाव तथा छुवाछूतसम्बन्धी गम्भीर मानवअधिकार उल्लङ्घनका घटनाप्रति अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय समुदाय र नेपाल सरकारको गम्भीर ध्यानाकर्षण गराउन चाहन्छौं । नेपालमा दलित समुदायले आत्मसम्मान र सामाजिक न्यायका लागि सुरु गरेको शान्तिपूर्ण आन्दोलनको […]

INDIA: Racism and attacks against people from Northeast India must be investigated promptly

Statement | India | 17-03-2017

On March 6, Higio Gungtey, a 22-year-old man from Arunachal Pradesh studying in Bengaluru was allegedly beaten up by his landlord and forced to lick the landlord’s shoe, in an incident of physical assault, criminal intimidation, and apparent racism. Gungtey alleged that the landlord hurled racial slurs against him and hit him continuously, making him bleed, because of a dispute over […]

नेपाल: न्यायालयप्रति विश्वसीनयताको क्षयीकरण

Article | Nepal | 17-01-2017

शैलेन्द्र प्रसाद हरिजन (अम्बेडकर) न्यायपरिषद्का अध्यक्ष तथा सम्माननीय प्रधान न्यायधीश शुशिला कार्कीज्यूले मंसिर ३ गतेका दिन सप्तरीको राजविराजमा पत्रकारहरुसँग कुरा गर्दै “बुहारीलाई घुम्टोमा राख्ने अनी समावेशी भएन भन्ने ? जहाँपायो त्यहीँ समानुपातिक समावेशी सिद्धान्त लागू गर्दा समस्या आउछ । पढेलेखेका योग्य व्यक्तिहरुलाई पनि हेर्न जरुरी छ । बुहारीलाई नपढाउने, घुम्टोभित्र राख्ने अनि समावेशीको कुरा गर्नु […]

PAKISTAN: Urgent action required against the forced conversion of minority girls

Dear Prime Minister, We, human rights and women rights advocates, write to you to express our profound concern regarding the proposed amendments set to be applied to a recently passed legislation, “Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015”. This legislation, the Protection of Minorities Bill, passed unanimously in the Sindh Provincial Assembly, as it […]

INDIA: Neither democracy nor justice as core values

Statement | India | 08-12-2016

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day The incumbent government has pushed the people to one of the worst living conditions they have faced in recent collective and individual memory. Millions of Indians are repeatedly queuing up before banks and currency dispensing machines, struggling to withdraw legitimately […]

SRI LANKA: An ‘ethical state’ and the division of people into upper and lower castes

By Basil Fernando Gunadasa Amarasekera has recently published a book entitled ‘Sabyathwa RajyakKara’ (Towards an Ethical State). At around the same time, I published a book entitled ‘Dharmasokage Dhamma Prathipaththtia sahaPrajatanthrawadi watinakama’ (The Policy of Dhamma of Dharmasoka and Democratic Values). In this article, I will try to show the similarities and differences in the ideas found in these two books. The […]

नेपाल: किन विभाजित छन् दलित समुदाय ?

Article | Nepal | 27-10-2016

शैलेन्द्र प्रसाद हरिजन (अम्बेडकर) राष्ट्र बिभिन्न जात–जाति, धर्म, संस्कृती, समुदाय वा सम्प्रदायको एकीकृत रुप हो । राष्ट्रको समग्र विकास हुनका लागि यी सबै समुदायको विकास हुनु अनिवार्य छ । यद्यपि, नेपालको सन्दर्भमा अधिकांश दलित, मधेशी र जनजातिलगायतका अल्पसङ्ख्यक तथा सीमान्तीकृत समुदाय राज्यको मूल प्रवाहमा आउन सकेका छैनन् । त्यसमा पनि मधेशी दलित समुदायको अवस्था अत्यन्तै […]

INDIA: A democracy that discriminates and disgraces citizens even in death

Article | India | 08-09-2016

Avinash Pandey Unable to pay the ambulance drivers INR 1500, or around USD 22, a young mother was forced to sit out the night with her child’s dead body outside a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district. This happened less than two weeks after a nationwide outrage over the ordeal of a tribal man named Dana Majhi […]

AHRC TV: Lawyers targeted in Quetta and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 134

This week Just Asia begins with the senseless and brutal attack on lawyers in Quetta, Balochistan on August 8. The blast killed 97 persons, including 63 lawyers, and more than 120 persons including women and children were injured. The attack occurred amidst a gathering to pay respects to the assassinated President of the Bar Association. […]

INDIA: Did Modi just legitimise 20% of cow vigilante violence?

Article | India | 09-08-2016

Avinash Pandey Narendra Modi’s high-octane poll campaign in 2014 was littered with the promise of development, with a capital D. Buying into his promise, big business rooted for him, in India and abroad. And now, after a little more than 2 years of premiership, the developments under his watch have rattled the same gung-ho corporate […]

INDIA: State supported mob violence against Dalits and Muslims not internal matter

Article | India | 04-08-2016

Avinash Pandey One doesn’t often see a respected international media house asking a democratic republic’s prime minister to break his silence in an editorial. Even more rare is it to see this “silence” tagged with the adjective “shameful”. The New York Times did exactly that today, 8 August 2016. The editorial forewarns Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of […]

INDIA: Save yourselves, women of India, as the Republic will not

Article | India | 02-08-2016

Avinash Pandey Delhi, the national capital of India, has witnessed another gory incident involving the rape-murder of a minor. This time, a 16-year-old was allegedly raped, strangled, and then set on fire in her own house in East Delhi. The police reportedly tried to pass off the crime as suicide, filing a case of rape and […]

AHRC TV: Inter-caste marriage ends in murder and other stories in JUST ASIA Episode 132

This week’s episode begins with the murder in Nepal of 18-year-old Ajit Mijar. Ajit married his non Dalit girlfriend Kalpana Parajuli on July 9, and the couple were forcibly separated by police and Kalpana’s family on July 11. On July 14, Ajit was found hanging near Phurke Khola, Dhading district. To learn more, Just Asia […]

PAKISTAN: Is racial discrimination an issue in Pakistan?

The extent to which Pakistan has complied with human rights standards set out in the International Convention of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), will be assessed by a United Nation’s expert committee in Geneva on August 16-17, this year. The committee will look at a report to be presented by the government of Pakistan, […]

NEPAL: Intercaste marriage allegedly ends in murder

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that 18-year-old Ajit Mijar (Dhakal), a Dalit by caste, was found allegedly murdered on 14 July 2016 in Dhading district of Nepal. Ajit was a resident of Panchkhal Kavre district, who married his non Dalit girlfriend Kalpana Parajuli on 9 July 2016. The couple […]

NEPAL: Police torture Dalit woman

Dear Friends, The Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRDA) has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) that police officers attached with Area Police Office Chapiya of Rupandehi District kept Kisalawati Harijan (37), resident of Manpakadi Village Development Committee (VDC) under illegal detention on 3 May 2016, and tortured her for an hour. The police […]

PAKISTAN: Deafening silence on the rape of Hindu girls

In this month five-year-old Hindu girl, Shazia Bheel, was murdered by Zahid Sheikh, a man who was dressed as a woman when he raped and murdered the child in Hyderabad. An FIR (# 22/2016), was lodged for murder and rape against the culprit on the compliant of the father of the deceased child. Women and […]

INDIA: Frivolity Judiciary’s real crisis, not backlog

Article | India | 15-03-2016

The Indian Judiciary is facing a crisis of credibility, which is a challenge from within. These are the words of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, delivered on March 13 at an event marking the 150th anniversary of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad. In his speech, the Chief Justice went on to blame this crisis […]

AHRC TV: JUST ASIA, Episode 110

In this week’s episode, Just Asia covers the commemoration of the 1989 Talangsari Massacre in Indonesia. Although the Talangsari Massacre was mentioned by President Widodo as one of his government’s priorities, until now no concrete solution has been provided. Next, Just Asia looks at the unrest at India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The unrest […]

INDIA: Hands off JNU, other campuses

Statement | India | 17-02-2016

The trouble fomenting in Indian varsities ever since the new government came to power has now reached one of the most prestigious universities of the country, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The stir ostensibly started after a group of students organized an event commemorating the death anniversary of Afzal Guru and called his hanging a […]