Death in custody

SRI LANKA: Innocent man is extrajudicial killed by officers of the Dompe Police

Dear friends,  Mr. Ganearachchi Appuhamilage Gayan Saranga (29) of Katulanda, Dekatana, Dompe in the Gampaha District was arrested and extrajudicially killed by the police officers attached to the Dompe Police Station on 29 September 2011. Saranga was first arrested at his wife’s home and the police informed his relatives they needed to record a statement […]

NEPAL: Death in custody of a teenage boy has not been properly investigated one year on

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the death in custody of a sixteen-year old teenage boy, one year ago in Rupandehi District. The boy was arrested by the police at 12.30 pm on 3 July 2010 regarding a lethal bicycle accident. He was dead when he was taken […]

INDIA: Police try to cover-up custodial death as suicide in Manipur

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Human Rights Alert (HRA) that the 12 Maratha Light Infantry stationed at Patsoi in Imphal West district of Manipur has tortured to death a young man in custody. Upon information concerning the murder, the local police have concluded that the case is […]

SRI LANKA: Young Tamil complainant in a bribery case against a police officer faces attempts on his life and is in hiding

Devarathnam Yogendra ( 28 ) is the complainant in a bribery case against IP Wijesuriya of the Hatton Police Station, who has been indicted on a charge of obtaining bribes. This charge has been filed on the basis of a complaint made by Yogendra on November 6, 2010 and it is alleged that the police […]

SRI LANKA: Police torture as an indicator of the constitutional degradation of the Rule of Law

Sofie Rordam Sri Lankan citizens are protected against torture and arbitrary arrest in sections 11, 12 and 13 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. In addition Sri Lanka has ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment in 1994. While the legislation is there, the effectuation is not. The gap between […]

SRI LANKA: New Year Wish List – 2011

We hope that wishing for a happy new year in Sri Lanka is not just mere wishful thinking. We wish: 1. That Rizana Nafeek, facing a death sentence in Saudi Arabia, will be released as soon as possible. This wish can become true only if the Sri Lankan government makes all the diplomatic efforts to […]

ASIA: Christmas and New Year Wishes from the Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. In all countries of Asia, this Christmas and new year will be celebrated in very difficult conditions. We extend our wishes to all families who are struggling in the midst of these difficulties to fight for their rights. We particularly […]

SRI LANKA: Extrajudicial killings and custodial deaths must be stopped and investigated

Extrajudicial killings and custodial deaths are happening because of: Refusal of the police and judiciary to investigate; The absence of investigations is the result of breakdown of the rule of law; Which is in turn the result of the constitutional decision which has removed all the checks and balances once available   The incidents of […]

SRI LANKA: Death sentences carried out by the police in Sri Lanka

When extraordinary explanations justify extrajudicial killings   By Sofie Rordam Arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings are an almost daily occurrence in Sri Lanka today. The police system and additional institutions expected to be the protectors of law have become so dysfunctional and politicized that illegalities predominantly are carried out in their names. Extrajudicial killings are […]

PHILIPPINES: Suspicious death of a man last seen in NBI custody

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a man, who was last seen alive in custody of a unit of investigators, had been found dead. When his decomposing body was recovered, it was placed inside an oil drum filled with construction cement, his hands were tied behind his back, […]

UPDATE (Nepal): Allegations of torture to death of a minor in Rupendehi District must be independently investigated

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the custodial death of 16-year-old Dharmendra Barai on 4 July, which is suspected to have been caused by police torture. An investigation team set up by the District Administration Office has concluded that they could not establish that torture was the cause […]

NEPAL: A teenage boy dies in police custody; foul play is suspected

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 16-year-old boy died in custody in unclear circumstances in Rupendehi District. Dharmentra Barai. The boy was arrested by the police and brought to Khajuriya Police Post regarding a lethal bicycle accident. He was taken dead to the hospital in the early morning […]

INDONESIA: More die in Aceh police custody in alleged counter-terrorism operations

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about two killings that took place during a police operation in Aceh. The men died after police arrested them and took them to an area that they believed was being used by an armed group. Both detainees were unarmed and in custody but were […]

SRI LANKA: The murder of a witness by police must be independently investigated

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has gathered detailed information on the escalating harassment of criminal witness Saman Thialakasir by police before his murder in February. He was found dead the morning after he was picked up by officers. Saman had reported a case of illegal logging in his neighbourhood with suspected connections […]

UPDATE (Nepal): Father and son die in custody due to police torture in Panchthar district

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a partner organization, The Advocacy Forum, (AF) that two civilians, Dal Bahadur and his son Bikram Gyanmi Magar, have died following brutal torture in police custody at Prangbung Police Post of Panchthar District on February 13, 2010 and February 21, 2010 respectively. We […]

UPDATE (Nepal): International campaign demanding prosecution of Maina Sunuwar’s murderers

Dear friends,  Amnesty International, supported by other civil society organisations such as the Advocacy Forum Nepal, is beginning an international campaign today to call for justice in the infamous case of murdered 15-year-old Maina Sunuwar. Four military officers are accused of having illegally arrested, raped and tortured Maina to death on 17 February 2004. Despite the […]

INDIA: Nine months into a case of custodial death, witness statements have still not been taken

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about unnecessary delays in the investigation of a man’s death in custody, following his arrest for a fabricated charge. It has been reported that police officers murdered the shop owner in February last year, however the investigating agency has not even recorded the statements […]

UPDATE (Philippines): The remains of two victims of extra-judicial execution have been stolen

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has just learned that the remains of two persons, believed to have been summarily executed by police officers, have been stolen from their graves. The family of the victims had requested that their bodies be exhumed to collect evidence, but they were told that there was no […]

INDIA: Encounter killing and custodial torture, a disgrace for the nation

Statement | India | 13-08-2009

India will celebrate its 62nd year of independence tomorrow. While politicians and national leaders celebrate the Independence Day, delivering speeches and attending dinners, they will have to struggle to explain why often men and women in the country lose their life each year in encounters with the law enforcement agencies. The policy makers of the […]

PAKISTAN: A young man is tortured and killed by alleged intelligence agents on the UN day against torture

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that as people around the world gathered to observe the UN day in support of torture victims, Inter-Service Intelligence agents in the north of Pakistan were fatally torturing a young man in their custody. The case has increased tensions between the police in Gilgit, […]