Child rights

SRI LANKA: A leading girl’s school in Colombo refuses to assist a Grade 8 student, with special needs

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about a child with special needs being unable to attend school as a result of a leading girl’s school in Colombo refusing to provide her with the necessary facilities. The child, since birth, has been unable to walk and needs a wheel chair to […]

SRI LANKA: The State must protect the right to education of children with special needs

Dear friends, The Monaragala Wellassa Subagya School, in the Monaragala District is a school providing education to children with special needs in several surrounding districts in the region. The school is administered under the Ministry of Social Services and the Ministry of Education. However, since April 2015, the administration of the school was vested solely […]

SRI LANKA: Police and state negligence, claims lives of an innocent mother and her infant child

According the information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) a mother and her 18 month old infant has died suddenly, on 6th April 2015, as a result of continued domestic violence and abuse. Ms. Matinge Dilrukshi Helsi Pavithrani 22 years old, was a residence of No. 03rdPiyawara, Doramadalawa, Mihinthale, in the Mihinthale Police Division, […]

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: The Forgotten Ones of Zamboanga

by Danilo Reyes  (Note: this article was first published in the March 15, 2015 issue of the Sunday Examiner) The little girl asked me, “Why did you come here?” She is one of nearly 7,000 people holed up at an evacuation centre in Zamboanga City. Mostly Tausug people, one of the Moro ethnic groups in Mindanao and […]

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව: නෛතික බුද්ධියේ පිරිහීම: (3) ළමුන් විකුණන පහත් තත්වයට පත්වීම

බැසිල් ප්‍රනාන්දු විසිනි කටුගස්තොට, අඹතැන්න ප්‍රදේශයේ අට හැවිරිදි දරුවාගේ (ඇතැම් මාධ්‍ය ආයතනවලට අනුව දස හැවිරිදි දරුවෙකි) කතාව පසුගිය සතියේ ප්‍රවෘත්ති වාර්තා කිහිපයකින්ම හෙළිදරව් විය. සිය නැතිවූ දරුවා සම්බන්ධයෙන් දරුවාගේ මව කටුගස්තොට පොලිසියට සිය මූලික පැමිණිල්ල සිදුකළාය. මූලික වශයෙන්, පොලිසිය පැමිණිල්ල නොතකා හැරි අතර දරුවා සෙවීමේ කටයුතු ආරම්භ කිරීම සඳහා කිසිවක් නොකළේය. පොලිසිය මැදිහත් වූයේ කාන්තාවක් […]

SRI LANKA: Deterioration of the legal intellect: (3) Descent into the selling of children

by Basil Fernando  Last week, several news reports revealed the story of an 8-year-old child (reported as a 10-years-old by some media houses) from Ambathenna, Katugastota. The mother made the initial report about her missing child to the Katugastota police. Initially, the police ignored the complaint and did nothing to begin searching for the child. […]

SRI LANKA: State cannot neglect duty to protect child sold in Kandy

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information of an 8-year-old boy who was recently kidnapped, sold, and by chance rescued. However, by willfully neglecting their responsibilities, the court, the police, and the Probation Department have returned the boy to the very same vulnerable environment that saw the boy being kidnapped and […]

PAKISTAN: Mother and daughter gang-raped and burned alive; police protect rapists, murderers

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about a minor girl and her mother being set on fire after their being gang-raped by three men. The girl, who suffered 90% burns, died the following day in hospital, while the mother has survived her 60% burns, regaining consciousness from coma after 26 […]

PHILIPPINES: Court orders the arrest of the alleged mastermind in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that the alleged mastermind in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl had already been indicted. The court ordered his arrest without bail. In our earlier appeal, the AHRC expressed concern that he had not been included in the charge despite compelling evidence from […]

PAKISTAN: A 13 year old son of an eye witness abducted to stop him from giving evidence in court

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a minor child, 13 years old, has been abducted, allegedly by members of an ethnic minority political group, the Muttaihida Quami Movement (MQM),  to prevent his father, Mr. Ashiq Chandio,  from giving evidence before an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC).  It is alleged that henchmen […]

NEPAL: Torture victim threatened by Army Officer

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding continuing threats to torture victim Padam Bahadur Khadka, who was 14 years old at the time of the original incident. On 2 October 2011, Mr. Man Bahadur Khadka, a Lance Corporal in the Nepal Army, allegedly tortured Padam, suspecting Padam of killing a […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Students demand for a democratic education system

A Statement from the Burmese Students in Hong Kong forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission We, the Burmese students in Hong Kong, stand by our fellow students in Myanmar(Burma), who are now courageously fighting against the newly enacted National Education Law, which has been designed to perpetuate the military-dictatorship-era education system. Although we are […]

NEPAL: Police in Dang District tortured minors leaving one with a broken leg

Dear friends, The Terai Human Rights Defenders (THRD) Alliance in Nepal has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) that police have tortured 16-year-old Prakash Gharti Magar and his friends Nishanta Rokka, Bijay Basnet, Bishal Nepali, and Rajendra B.K. The boys were taken into illegal custody, kicked, and beaten and Prakash’s leg was broken. Prakash’s […]

BANGLADESH: Stop disappearances and extrajudicial executions

Enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions are on the rise amidst the political crisis in Bangladesh. At least nine people including two women have been disappeared, and seven men extrajudicially murdered between 5 January and 27 January 2015. Personnel from the Detective Branch (DB) of Police, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and the Joint Forces (which […]

PAKISTAN: Anti-Torture Bill presented in Senate will fail to deliver

On 21 January, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics has unanimously adopted a draft anti-torture bill. PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar moved The Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape Bill, 2014, last August and the Chairman Senate referred it to the Committee. The objective of this Bill is to prevent and protect all persons from […]

PAKISTAN: The Missing Commission

More than a month after the deadly attack on Army Public School Peshawar, the tragedy is still under thick impenetrable clouds. The uncertainty about what the Prime Minister termed ‘a national tragedy’ persists with no one even making an effort to fathom. According to umpteen media reports about the December 16th attack, all one could […]

PAKISTAN: School students’ baton charged for demanding right to education

Police excess is quiet a norm in Pakistan but on January 23 police transcend their authority and baton charged school children who were demanding that their school run by trust be reopened and administration not handed over to government. The students of Government Islamia High School near Bhati Gate Lahore along with their parents were […]

PAKISTAN: Is there no remorse, for the killing of these children? Are they of a lesser God?

2014 was the deadliest year yet, for the children of Pakistan. The year began with the killing of 19 school children on 15th January 2014 – all pupils of the Bright Future High School in Daulatpur, in the Sindh Province. They were returning home after winning a quiz competition, when their van was crushed under the […]

BANGLADESH: Government drive against opposition and citizens

Since 15 January 2015, the Bangladesh government has deployed “Joint Forces”, comprising the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), and the police to conduct operations against the opposition. Houses and shops of those identified as opposition supporters in northern Bangladesh are ending up demolished. Hundreds of people, including women and children, have been […]

PAKISTAN: Tears start falling as schools reopen

Schools across Pakistan reopened on 12th January 2015 following the horrors of the Peshawar carnage that was unleashed on 16th December 2014, on the innocent school children at the Peshawar Army Public School (APS). Parents and teachers along with the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef attended the sombre morning assembly where the surviving students vowed […]