Child rights

NEPAL: A travesty of justice – military personnel who tortured 15 year old Maina Sunuwar to death must be tried by a civil court

Statement | Nepal | 04-09-2006

Maina Sunawar was 15 years old when members of the Nepalese armed forces arbitrarily arrested her. Since this date – February 17, 2004 – she has disappeared. All the evidence indicates that she was tortured to death by members of the military, who have since sought to deny her arrest and cover up her death. […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): The case of Mahesh Ranaweera finally concluded

Dear friends, The case against Mahesh Ranaweera (12) was finally concluded 17 August 2006 at the Panwila Magistrates Court. Mahesh had been illegally arrested and detained by the Wattwgama police after being  accused for deliberately assaulting and injuring his class mate Harsha Bandara in the school playground in February 2005 while they were playing (See […]

SRI LANKA: Failure of police officers to take action on alleged abduction case

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received reliable information that a 16-year-old school girl has been duped into leaving home by one of her school teachers in Thiruwanaganga-watte, Kotapola, Sri Lanka on 6 May 2006.  Despite repeated appeals by S.A. Letchimi, the girl’s mother to the teacher concerned and having made a […]

HUNGER ALERT (India): Children dying of starvation due to uninterested government officials

Dear Friends, Staff of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) together with staff of the People’s Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR) in Uttar Pradesh, India have received news that a child died of starvation this morning, 28 July 2006 due to wanton government inaction and neglect because of caste discrimination. Nine-month-old Seema Musahar died […]

SRI LANKA: Thirteen year old assaulted by his school teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received news of yet another case involving a teacher in Sri Lanka assaulting one of his pupils. In the latest incident, on 17 July 2006 the 13-year-old victim and his classmates had been chatting outside their classroom as the subject-teacher due at the time was late. […]

SRI LANKA: Assault on a 15-year-old Bikku student by his Pirivena teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has come to learn of a case involving the assault of a student by his Pirivena teacher. Early morning on 17 July 2006 a 15-year-old student Bikku was severely assaulted by his teacher, M. Sugatharathana Thero of the Wickremasheela, Pirivena (Bikku seminary) in Bandaragama for arguing with […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Authorities continue to deny justice to child victim

[Re: UA-90-2004: SRI LANKA: A boy brutally assaulted by his teachers and denied his right of education; UP-42-2004: SRI LANKA: Update on a boy brutally assaulted by his teachers; UP–003–2006: SRI LANKA: Attorney General withdraws criminal case against school staff who tortured a student] ——————————————————————— SRI LANKA: Severe assault; denial of child rights; government inaction; […]

SRI LANKA: Blatant disregard of estate owner’s illegal activities by the Yakkalamulla police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has come to learn of a case in Sri Lanka involving the forced labour of three minors in lieu of their parent’s debt. When the parents of the three children were unable to repay a loan they had obtained from their tea estate employer, the employer unlawfully […]

SRI LANKA: Sixth day of mourning against executive interference into the judiciary and other independent institutions — Sri Lanka is ceasing to be a law based society

The numerous appointments to key national commissions by the executive president, contravening constitutional requirements, are a very clear indication of Sri Lanka’s drift from a law-based society to one in which the law plays a significantly reduced role.  While criticism against presidential actions has pointed to matters including the fact that no person is above […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Mother of tortured boy forced to sign suspect document

Dear friends, In August 2004 the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wrote detailing the torture of two boys by officers from the Ambalangoda police. The officers initially arrested the boys for allegedly stealing a gold chain, and later threatened the boys’ parents with prosecution if they did not pay them Rs. 3000. In the meantime […]

SRI LANKA: Police join abuser to further victimise a 14-year-old boy

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the assault of a 14-year-old boy by a local businessman, who forced the boy to work for him on 29 April 2006, and the subsequent appalling conduct of the local police. On April 29, residents of the Hirana village noticed a young boy […]

SRI LANKA: Eight-year-old requires hospitalisation following torture by her school teacher

SRI LANKA: Brutal assault of a minor; threat and intimidation; violation of the right to freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; violation of the right to education; collapse of rule of law ——————————————————- Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that yet another case of […]

SRI LANKA: A 12-year-old student’s nose is fractured by his school teacher

Dear friends, Following in the footsteps of four cases of abuse of students by their teachers in Sri Lanka in recent months, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has now learned of yet another incident of such nature. Saman Iddamalgoda, a teacher at Nitithigala Junior School, first asked 12-year-old Ranjith Kumara to remove his spectacles. […]

INDONESIA: Unlawful criminal trial and arbitrary detention of an eight-year-old boy

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has come to learn of a case involving the unlawful criminal trial and arbitrary detention of an eight-year-old boy. On 10 March 2006, an eight-year-old boy named Muhamad Azwar (a.k.a Raju) was found guilty of assaulting his schoolmate by Judge Tiurmaida Pardede at Langkat District Court, North […]

SRI LANKA: Brutal assault of an eight-year-old girl by her class teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal assault of 8-year-old, UG Isani Madushani by her class teacher, Sarath on 22 February 2006. On February 22, at around 12 noon, Isani Madushani was attending her math class. Her class teacher, Sarath instructed her to recite the multiplication table but […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Threats to 14-year-old boy and his family to withdraw complaint of brutal assault by teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the case of a 14-year-old boy, Manoj Tillakaratne, who was brutally assaulted by his physical training teacher, A.D.C Renuka on 31 January 2006 (See further: UA-060-2006).  Although the perpetrator was arrested and charged, he has now been released on bail.  The parents continue to receive […]

NEPAL: Supreme Court ruling on the Royal Commission for Corruption Control and the release of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed

Statement | Nepal | 14-02-2006

The Asian Human Rights Commission welcomes the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday February 13, 2006, which declared the controversial Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) unconstitutional and ordered it to be scrapped immediately. This has paved the way for the release of ousted Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who had […]

SRI LANKA: Brutal assault on 14-year-old by his games teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the brutal assault of 14-year-old Manoj Tillakaratne by his physical training teacher A.D.C Renuka on 31 January 2006. On January 31 Manoj had participated in a sports festival at school. Manoj had been taking part in the march when his physical training teacher, […]

UPDATE (Bangladesh): Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in Chapainawabganj

[RE: UP-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Three persons tortured by the Chapainawabganj police; UA-041-2006: BANGLADESH: Eight people killed and at least one hundred injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district; UA-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Two people killed and thirty-five injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district] ———————————– UP-016-2006: BANGLADESH: Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in […]

UPDATE (Saudi Arabia/Sri Lanka): Renewed plea for commuting the death sentence of Sri Lankan men to the new King of Saudi Arabia

[RE: UP-43-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Questions remain in Sri Lanka’s willingness to save three of its citizens; UP-39-2005: Three Sri Lankans face imminent execution in Saudi Arabia; UP-38-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Please send a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia urging his intervention to commute the death sentence of three Sri Lankans; UP-34-2005: Death […]