Child rights

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Police’s deliberate inaction in a labour case is in violation of court orders

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding 73 workers from the Orex Factory in Ekala, Jaela, Sri Lanka, who were unlawfully dismissed after the owner arbitrarily closed down the factory in 2002. The AHRC previously reported that the owner, Mohamed Mohamed Izzath deprived his workers of the Employees Trust […]

INDIA: Demand guarantees of proper treatment and protection for girls released from prostitution and human rights defender

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding an attempt by Guria, a human rights organization in Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, to rescue underage girls from forced prostitution. The girls, who were freed from brothels by Guria, were later taken away by the police and are believed […]

SRI LANKA: A 16-year-old boy assaulted by his teacher in Dumbulla

Dear friends, The Asian Human +Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 16-year-old boy was assaulted by a school teacher at the Pannampitiya Secondary School in Lenadora, Dumbulla District, Sri Lanka on 22 September 2005. Due to the assault, the boy suffered from bad ear pain and blurred vision. He also had several scratches […]

INDIA: Human rights defender physically assaulted, threatened and detained by government officials

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information through its local partner MASUM in West Bengal that Mr. Gopen Sharma, a human rights activist was illegally detained, threatened and assaulted by the officers at the Block Development Office in Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal. Mr. Sharma was, at the time of the […]

SRI LANKA: Under age child recruitment on the increase August 2005

Media Release on 18 August 2005 The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned to note the dramatic increase in child recruitment by the LTTE reported from our offices in the North and East. Despite the recent Security Council Resolution on Children and Armed Conflict adopted on 26 July 2005 , and the […]

INDIA: Denial of basic rights to village students in West Bengal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organisation in West Bengal, about the illegal occupation of a room in a primary school building in Kanchra village, Bardhaman District, West Bengal by the local police. In January 2001, while mediating between a village fight, the police started […]

UPDATE (India): No compensation to family of adivasi, murdered by forest official, despite a four year wait

[Re: UA- 50 -2005: INDIA: Three and a half year wait for justice for the brutal murder of an Adivasi (tribal person) by a forest official in Gujarat] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the case of Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava (30), an adivasi who was murdered by an Indian […]

INDIA: Torture and illegal detention of a young boy by the West Bengal Police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organisation in West Bengal about the illegal detention of a young boy, Rajiv, a class IX student of Maheshwari Vidyalaya, at the Golabari police station, Howrah, West Bengal. According to the police, Rajiv’s father, Mr Bhogendra Rai, who works […]

SRI LANKA: Degrading treatment of students by School Principal after a demand for further fees

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you of the recent actions by the School Principal at Bekkegama Junior School, Panadura, to degrade her students and deny them of their right to education. W. Charmali Fernando, Sayura Dilshan and P. Ravishka Maduramy are three six-year-olds who gained admission to the year […]

SRI LANKA: Denial of education to marginalised students affected by the tsunami and the issue of the right to adequate housing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you of a situation regarding the denial of education to marginalised students affected by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. The Egoda-Uyana Junior School at Moratuwa in the Colombo District, Sri Lanka is situated in an area that was devastated by the tsunami of 26 […]

INDIA: Child servant tortured by West Bengal police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organisation in West Bengal, about the torture of a 8 year old child Munni, who was working as a maidservant in the house of Raja Mukherjee, a police sub-inspector (SI). Munni was brutally tortured and abused by SI Raja […]

SRI LANKA: Illegal detention of 11-year-old boy by the Wattegama police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that an 11-year-old boy named Mahesh Kumara was illegally detained and charged by the Wattegama Police Station between February 9 and 10, 2005. The charge followed a minor altercation with a fellow student at Mahesh’s school. When the other student, who is Mahesh’s friend, […]

NEPAL: UN Secretary General’s statement a vital opportunity to end the misery of Nepalese People

Statement | Nepal | 24-12-2004

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) shares the concerns expressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations in his statement on the human rights situation in Nepal. Time and again the AHRC has stressed that regional governments such as India, international governments and bodies such as European Union, national political parties and the King […]

NEPAL: A 14-year old Dalit girl raped and murdered by a group of upper caste men

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Sita Sada, a 14-year old Dalit girl, was raped and killed by upper caste men on 17 May 2004. According to our information, while Sita was sleeping at night, more than 10 men came and dragged her out of the house. Two days […]

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara of Samanalaweva Police Post in Balangoda on 26 August 2004. Due to brutal torture, the victim still suffers from severe pain on his […]

SRI LANKA: Teachers discriminate against 11-year-old student for receiving torture compensation

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Harshana Tharindu Wijegunawardena, an 11-year-old student (grade 6) at St. John’s College in Panadura, has been subjected to discrimination and inhuman and degrading treatment tantamount to mental torture after receiving compensation for being assaulted by one of the teachers. Please send a letter […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Update on a boy brutally assaulted by his teachers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the torture of a 16-year-old student, Sahan Tharaka, by his teachers and the Assistant Principal of his school. (Reference: UA-90-2004) Meanwhile, the teachers and Assistant Principal have been arrested, but released on bail. On 27 July 2004, the Principal of the school organised […]

SRI LANKA: A boy brutally assaulted by his teachers and denied his right of education

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information that a 16-year-old boy named Balawedage Sahan Tharaka was severely assaulted by his teachers on 19-20 July 2004 and has been warned to leave the school. He is in year 11 of the Bulathsinhala Madya Maha Vidyalaya [Central College]. Due to a brutal assault, he […]

PAKISTAN: A sexual harassment of a 6 year old boy by his teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 6-year-old boy named Talha was allegedly sexually abused by his Quran teacher, Mr. Altaf at the Lajna Mosque on College Road, Green Town, Lahore, Punjab province, Pakistan on 6 June 2004. Mr. Altaf was arrested and is currently detained at the Kot […]

SRI LANKA: Children abused and sexually harassed by the teacher for two years

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a primary school teacher Ven Harankahawe Chandrawimala (Buddhist monk) has allegedly harassed children physically and mentally including in sexual ways, and consistently denied their religious freedom for last two years.  According to our source who followed up the case, child abuse by Ven […]