Death in custody

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.