Death in custody

INDIA: AHRC letter to the President of India regarding the horrendous practices during forensic examinations in West Bengal

Dear friends, Asian Human Rights Commission reproduces the letter which has been sent to the President of India by Basil Fernando, Executive Director of AHRC today regarding the horrendous practices during forensic examinations in the state of West Bengal. The letter has also been sent to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, Home […]

UPDATE (India): The family of the victim who died under police custody suffers from police inaction

Dear Friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned with the police inaction regarding the custodial death of Mr. Hafeel at the Perumbadappu Police Station in Malappuram District, Kerala State. On 24 February 2004, Mr. Hafeel (24) was arbitrarily arrested by officers from the Perumbadappu Police Station and thereafter tortured to death within two […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband on the pretext of honour killing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 30-year-old woman named Ms. Hidayat was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr. Momin Ali Mahar in Dal village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Town, Shikarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan on 29 February 2004. The case was registered at the Chak Police Station. However, a human […]

INDIA: Custodial torture and death of Mr. Hafeel by the police at the Perumbadappu Police Station in Kerala

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Mr. Hafeel (24) was arbitrarily arrested on 24 February 2004 by officers from the Perumbadappu Police Station and thereafter tortured to death within two hours of his arrest. It is reported that no case against the perpetrators has been registered […]

INDIA: Custodial death of a young man in West Bengal

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a human rights organization in West Bengal, that a young man was found dead in police lock-up by the police at Fansideoa Police Station in Darjeeling District in West Bengal on 9 February 2004. He was previously arrested […]

SRI LANKA: Tortured to Death; the case of S.L. Kulatunga tortured by some officers of the Nivithigala Police Station

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that S.L. Kulatunga had serious head injuries after being tortured by the Nivithigala police and died at the Genral Hospital of Colombo on 12 November 2003. After his death, thousands of persons gathered around the police station to express their anger about his death. According to […]

INDIA: A man died in police custody at the Hogelberia Police Station

Dear friends The Asian human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man died in police custody at the Hogelberia Police Station in West Bengal, India. The reason of his death is clear and the police have not yet taken serious action to investigate on this matter. Your urgent action is required to pressure […]

PAKISTAN: A man was disappeared after being severely tortured at the Westridge Police Station

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the information that Zafar Iqbal, who had been in police custody in connection with a house robbery attempt, has allegedly been tortured to death by the police officers from the Westridge Police Station in Rawalpindi Division. The victim¡¦s body was not yet found. Your urgent […]

INDIA: A man died in custody after being severely tortured by the police

Name of the victim: Mr. Velraj, 38, formerly residing at Ervadi Village, Tirunelveli district, Tamilnadu, India Perpetrators: Constables Mr. Chelladurai; Mr. Kanthasamy; Mr. Senthil Murugan; Mr. Sivathambu; and Inspector of the Police Mr. J. Subramaniam attached to the Ervadi Police Station in Tirunalveli District Date of incident: 30 October 2002 CASE DETAILS: On 30 October 2002, Mr. Velraj, […]

INDIA: A man was killed by police officers after being arbitrarily arrested and tortured at the Pudukkad Police Station

Dear friends Name of the victim: Mr. M. V. Babu (37 years old) Address of the victim: s/o Velayudhan, Mambully Parambil house, Alagappa Nagar P.O, Kallur Village, Mukundapuram Thaluk, Thrissur, Kerala State, India. Perpetrators: Constable Mr. Chandrasekaran and two other police officers from the Pudukkad Police Station in Kerala State DETAILED INFORMATION: On 14 August 2003 police conducted […]

INDIA: A young man was killed by police officers after being arbitrarily arrested and tortured in West Bengal

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Babai Biswas, 22, was killed by police officers after being arbitrarily arrested and tortured. I urge you to take strong and immediate action to correct this matter. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) ———————————————————— Name of victim: Babai Biswas […]

SRI LANKA: A 50 year old man killed by the police after arrest and torture

Dear friends Name of victim: Okanda Hevage Jinadasa (50), Married man with 5 children; a mason by occupation Date of victim’s death: 5 September 2003 Address of victim: Okkampitiya, Moneragela District Alleged Perpetrators: Grama Arakshaka personnel attached to the Okkampitiya Police Post Details: On 5 September 2003, Okanda Hevage Jinadasa was returning home by bicycle […]

TURKMENISTAN: Two men tortured and died in custody after arrest

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from the International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on the torture and custodial deaths of two men in Turkmenistan. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact OMCT. —————————————– The International Secretariat of OMCT requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in […]

SRI LANKA: Another two cases of deaths in custody

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received another two cases of deaths in custody in Sri Lanka. It is already the third custodial death case that AHRC has received in the past week. Victims of both cases were allegedly tortured and killed by police officers. AHRC expresses our deep concern for the […]

INDIA: Torture; death in Police custody; indigenous groups

Dear Friends We are forwarding updated information from the National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), Pune, regarding a case of torture and brutal beating to death of an Adivasi tribal, leading to his death in Police custody on 15 June 2003. Below are background details, followed by more explicit details and a sample letter. BACKGROUND […]

SRI LANKA: Torture and custodial death of Sunil Hemachandra by police officers

SRI LANKA: Torture and custodial death of Sunil Hemachandra by police officers SRI LANKA: Murder, torture and extortion by police officers ————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the case of the torture by the police officer and custodial death of Sunil Hemachandra in Sri Lanka. The AHRC has received […]

INDIA: Torture, death in police custody, impunity

Dear Friends Please take action on the information below, forwarded from the organisation People’s Watch-Tamilnadu, which is a human rights organisation working for the protection and promotion of human rights in the state of Tamilnadu, India. People’s Watch-Tamilnadu have been taking action on behalf of the citizens of Tamilnadu and elsewhere regarding blatant violations of human […]

UPDATE (MALAYSIA): The Malaysian authorities have conducted inquest on Tharma Rajen’s case

Dear Friends,  Regarding our previous appeal on the mysterious death in custody of Mr. S. Tharma Rajen, we have been informed that the office of the Chief Justice of Malaysia has ordered the Sepang Magistrate Court to conduct an inquest on this case. Thereafter, the first inquest was held on September 3 and the second […]

MALAYSIA: Death in police custody, investigation hampered

Mr. S. Tharma Rajen, a previously healthy young man, died mysteriously in police custody on 21 June, and investigations into the death have thus far been hampered. The cause of death listed on the death certificate based on the official post-mortem was pneumonia. An independent post-mortem by the University Malaya Medical Centre later said he had died from tuberculosis. However, this second report also said that there were signs of malnourishment after Tharma Rajen¡¯s months in police custody.

AUSTRALIA: Aboriginal death in custody: suicide or murder?

This is an appeal for urgent legal assistance as well as for sending emails and faxes in support of an aboriginal widow, Letty Scott, who is fighting for justice in the High Court of Australia.