Corruption

SRI LANKA: Absence of Investigation due to the alleged corruption of Bulathsinhala police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the Bulathsinhala police who failed to conduct an investigation into the complaint of a man who was stabbed by some villagers on 1 October 2007. It is alleged that one of attackers bribed the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the police station concerned and the […]

INDIA: Human rights activist facing threats for protesting against corruption

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) regarding the case of Mr. Mangala Prasad, a human rights activist who is now facing death threats for protesting against corruption of the local administration. It is reported that Mangala was threatened by the local […]

GENERAL APPEAL (India): Dalit women refused medical care and asked to pay bribe at the Primary Health Centre

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Gramya Sansthan, a human rights organisation based in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh regarding the case of two women who were refused medical assistance at the Government Primary Health Centre, in Naugarh, Chandauli district, Uttar Pradesh. It is reported that since the women were from […]

SRI LANKA: Police assault on a man for refusing to pay bribe

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the assault on a man by several policemen of the Rakwana police allegedly for refusing to pay a bribe solicited from him on 9 October 2007. Accordingly, when he was travelling on his motor bicycle with a friend, the policemen stopped him and […]

INDIA: Corrupt practices promoting caste-based discrimination in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights [PVCHR], a human rights organisation based in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh regarding the continuing caste-based discrimination against the Musahar community in the state. It is reported that the Musahars in Hamirpur village were threatened and abused by […]

UPDATE (India): A handloom weaver suffering from tuberculosis and poverty for 22 years

[HA-012-2007: INDIA: Handloom weavers and their family members may die from tuberculosis in Uttar Pradesh due to poor living conditions] ———————————————————————¬† Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights [PVCHR], a human rights organisation based in Uttar Pradesh, regarding the case of a handloom […]

UPDATE (Burma): Protests continue despite heavy security; more people and monks taken away; townsfolk defend monasteries with slingshots

Dear friends, As the dramatic events in Burma of the last few days are being reported throughout the entire world, in this latest update the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), gives additional information not being widely covered in the mainstream media, as follows: – Protests have continued in Rangoon, Mandalay and other towns¬† – Killings […]

INDIA: Handloom weavers and their family members may die from tuberculosis in Uttar Pradesh due to poor living conditions

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights [PVCHR], a human rights organization based in Uttar Pradesh, that several persons are infected with tuberculosis in Lohta panchayat of Varanasi district. Most of these persons are from the handloom weaver community of the state who […]

WORLD: Unreasonable delays in administration of justice corrupt due process and subvert people’s faith in the justice system

I am writing this to convey some basic concerns of a group of lawyers, judges and human rights defenders who met at Hong Kong from the 17th to the 21st September to discuss the impact of delays in the administration of justice on the lives of people and on the protection and promotion of human […]

BANGLADESH: A 65-year-old man allegedly tortured to death by police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the death of a man in custody of the Kotwali Police 2 July 2007. He allegedly died in the hospital after four days of detention in the police station. Even though the dead body clearly showed bruises and remarks, the police reports were […]

INDIA: Three minors killed in an accident and no attempts made to arrest the responsible persons

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you of a report from MASUM, a local human rights organization based in West Bengal, of the deaths of three minors. The minors were working in an illegal factory manufacturing fireworks. The local police was aware about the functioning of the illegal factory but […]

ASIA: Rule of Law and Elimination of Corruption

A group of 23 legal professionals and human rights activists from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, China and Thailand gathered in Hong Kong from May 14 to 18, 2007 for the second consultation on the Asian Charter on the Rule of Law, on the topic, Executive Control & Corruption in […]

CAMBODIA: Four women beaten by armed police during demolition attempt

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) that four females were beaten by armed military police and civilian police in Dey Krahorm area on 29 August 2007. The group was allegedly hired by a company and attempted to […]

INDIA: A 18-month-old girl may die soon from starvation in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from its local partner the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights [PVCHR] in Uttar Pradesh regarding the case of 18-month-old Alina Shain who is suffering from acute malnourishment of Mahmoodpur ghetto in Lohta Panchayath of Kashi Vidhya Peed Block in Varanasi district of Uttar […]

INDIA: A three-year-old boy and a one-year-old girl may die soon due to malnourishment in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our local partner the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights [PVCHR], a human rights organisation based in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh that Tinni Musahar, a three-year-old boy and Sushila Musahar, a one-year-old girl may die soon from acute malnourishment in Raitara Musahar ghetto of […]

UPDATE(India): Sub Divisional Magistrate threatens human rights activist in Uttar Pradesh

[HU-002-2007: INDIA: District administration responds to Hunger Alerts in Uttar Pradesh; RE: HA-006-2007: INDIA: Five-year-old Musahar boy may die from starvation in Raitara of Pindra village in Varanasi in the coming days; HA-007-2007: INDIA: Five-year-old Dalit girl facing imminent death from starvation in Raitara village of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh; HA-008-2007: INDIA: Two-year-old girl facing […]

INDIA: A mother and son denied justice by the local police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a local human rights organisation based in West Bengal, India regarding the case of Ms. Ruksana Sardar and her son Warish who have been denied justice by the local police. It is alleged that Ruksana and her son were assaulted by the […]

INDIA: Untouchability practiced in government school in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our local partner, the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and Savitri Bai Phule Women Forum (SWF), regarding the case of caste based discrimination practiced at the Government Primary School at Shivrampur in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh state. It is reported […]

UPDATE(India): District administration responds to Hunger Alerts in Uttar Pradesh

[RE: HA-006-2007: INDIA: Five-year-old Musahar boy may die from starvation in Raitara of Pindra village in Varanasi in the coming days; HA-007-2007: INDIA: Five-year-old Dalit girl facing imminent death from starvation in Raitara village of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh; HA-008-2007: INDIA: Two-year-old girl facing imminent death from starvation in Raitara village of Varanasi in Uttar […]

INDIA: Human rights activist charge sheeted upon allegedly false charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organisation based in West Bengal, India that one of MASUM’s staff has been charge sheeted by the local police on allegedly fabricated charges. Mr. Gopen Sharma works with MASUM from Murshidabad district. It is alleged that Gopen is continuously […]