Death in custody

BURMA/MYANMAR: The police cannot avoid responsibility for the torture to death of a man in custody

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information that the police force of Burma has dismissed several officers involved in the torturing to death of a 39-year-old man. Other officers have been either suspended from duty or transferred to different townships. Myo Myint Swe was tortured during interrogation over a murder […]

INDIA: Custodial death in Manipur Dressed up as Suicide

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from civil society organizations based in Manipur, India, regarding the custodial death of Mr. Thoudam Digbijoy. Mr. Digbijoy was illegally detained in Wangoi police station, Wangoi Makha Leikai, Imphal West district, Manipur. On 26 February 2014 he was found dead, supposedly by suicide. This […]

PAKISTAN: A nationalist and political activist killed by law enforcement agencies after severe torture

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that officers of the law enforcement agencies abducted a young activist who was tortured to death in illegal detention. After the incident officers of these agencies threw the tortured and bullet riddled death body near the Bharia Road City Railway Station of District Naushero […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Court finds torture victim was killed, but no action taken

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the updated information that courts and police did not take any action even though they found that U Than Htun’s death, which occurred while detained in police custody in Burma, was not natural. In the post mortem inquiry, the lower courts decided that the death […]

INDONESIA: Man in Bau-Bau dies under police custody, witnesses at high risk

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) concerning the death of a man in police custody in Bau-Bau. KontraS and Buton Raya Legal Aid Institute (LBH Buton Raya) reported that bruises were found on the victim’s body, raising the strong […]

INDONESIA: Banten High Court reduces punishment for police officers who tortured and shot a man to death

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the torture case of Yusli, who was physically assaulted and shot to death by three police officers in 2011. In March this year, Tangerang District Court sentenced the perpetrators to two to five years imprisonments for maltreatment. However, the AHRC has learned […]

SRI LANKA: A short report on the features of the increasing authoritarianism

Download the full text of the report ( PDF) (Word) In her media statement from Colombo on 31 August 2013, Dr. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said, “I am deeply concerned that Sri Lanka, despite the opportunity provided by the end of the war to construct a new vibrant, all-embracing state, […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Police torture man to death, claim he beat up himself

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the case of a land rights activist who was tortured to death while detained in police custody in Burma. The officers at the police station detained U Than Htun illegally. After three days of detention, the police informed his family that he died […]

BANGLADESH: In week-long arbitrary detention, Sonargaon police torture businessman to death

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young businessman named Shamim Reza was tortured to death by police officers of Sonargaon police station in Narayanganj distirct. The police, on 14 May 2013, illegally arrested Shamim without any warrant of arrest issued by Court. In violation of Bangladesh’s constitutional provision, […]

INDONESIA: Lenient punishment for police officers who tortured and shot a young man to death

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the punishment of three police officers who tortured and shot a 23-year-old man, Yusli, in 2011. The court sentenced two of the officers to two years of imprisonment and the other one to five years. It found the officers were responsible for […]

INDONESIA: Police shoot two brothers to death in Medan, questions arise on the proportionality and necessity of the measure

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the information from the Medan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Medan) concerning the death of two brothers from Medan, North Sumatera. The two brothers, who were suspects in a drug case, were shot to death by the police who claimed that they attempted to escape and […]

INDONESIA: Military shoot four detainees to death and beat prison guards in Sleman

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a local NGO, KontraS, regarding the shooting of four detainees in the Cebongan Correctional Facility by military officers. The shooting was an act of revenge by the officers for the murder of one of their colleagues which took place a couple of days […]

PAKISTAN: An Indian prisoner was tortured to death, the authorities trying to cover up the case with natural death

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that an Indian prisoner was tortured to death by officials of the Kot Lakhpat prison of Lahore, Punjab. He was inhumanely beaten to death for committing the ‘crime’ of washing his clothes at a public tap at the courtyard of the jail. The jail […]

PHILIPPINES: A man who died under suspicious circumstances was tortured and murdered

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that a man, whom we reported in September 2010 to have died under suspicious circumstances, did not escape from the custody of his investigators before he was found dead, but was tortured and murdered in their custody. UPDATED INFORMATION: In 3 September 2010, we […]

INDONESIA: Punishment handed down to police officers who tortured minors to death in Padang does not reflect the gravity of the crime

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the information regarding the judgement of the Muaro Sijunjung District Court which was delivered on 29 January 2013 on a torture case of two minors by four police officers. The two minors were found hanging dead in the bathroom of Sijunjung Sub-District Police Station in […]

PAKISTAN: For the arrest of one guerilla leader, military units kill more than fifty innocent citizens, including women and children

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that military units have bombarded more than a dozen villages in three districts of Balochistan based on information about the presence of a guerilla fighter fighting for the independence of Balochistan. Independent sources claim that more than 50 persons, including women and children, were […]

PAKISTAN: A man was burned alive in the custody of the police while held on the charge of blasphemy

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man was burned alive by an enraged mob while he was in the custody of the police, held on the charge of blasphemy. The man was taken into the custody of the police and was kept in a police station overnight. The […]

SRI LANKA: Reflections on the killings in the prisons and the impeachment of the Chief Justice

Basil Fernando Humankind has at least a few millenniums of experience in keeping prisons. It is part of the unfortunate predicament of humanity that there is this need to have prisons. However, over these long years, through bitter experiences, humanity has learned to lessen the suffering involved for the inmates of prisons and to make […]

BURMA: AHRC urges bail for Japanese national, reinvestigation of partner’s death in custody

(Hong Kong, October 31, 2012) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday called for the release on bail of the partner of a young woman who died in custody in Burma during March, and urged that a new investigation be opened into the officials responsible for her death. “According to news reports, Namase Motohiko has […]

SRI LANKA: The Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions Act) will further endanger citizen’s rights

The proposed Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions Act) will lead to an increase in the abuse of power, extortion, torture and custodial deaths. A bill placed before parliament as the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions Act) of 2012 is dangerous in the present context and is very much likely to complicate the already […]