Enforced disappearances and abductions

UPDATE (SRI LANKA): Missing young man is found and produced before a magistrate

Regarding our previous appeal on the case of missing after 8 days of illegal detention in police custody in Sri Lanka (see at http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2003/394/), the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that the victim, KORALAGAMAGE Sujith Dharmasiri (23) was produced before a magistrate after frantic search by parents, a human rights organization and […]

UPDATE (PAKISTAN): Sole witness of attack kidnapped, lawyers and activists beaten by the police

This is an update on the attack at the office of IDAR-O-INSAF (Institute for Justice and Peace) on 25 September 2002, which left seven activists dead and one seriously injured. The sole witness of the incident, Mr. Robin Peeran Ditta (32) was kidnapped by the police and later released. Actually, Mr. Ditta had been illegally […]

INDIA: A case of gang rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl

A case of gang rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl INDIA: Caste based discrimination – a distinct case of racial discrimination on the basis of work and descent; right to life & fair trial and justice; abduction, gang-rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl ———————————————————– We are shocked to learn that a […]

SRI LANKA: Denial of Disappearances

As you may be aware the Asian Human Rights Commission together with many other organizations has been carrying out a campaign to get the Sri Lankan Government to bring to justice the perpetrators of mass disappearances from the 1988-92 period as well as the disappearances which are continuing at present.

AHRC HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT – Commemoration of the Disappearances in Sri Lanka

Commemoration of “Thirteen years ago my son, who was 22 years old, left home telling me he would return in 15 minutes or so. He never did. We are still waiting. We know he will not come, but we are still waiting,” said a 57-year-old father who joined the commemoration of Disappearances Day for the […]

AHRC Media Release: Australia: High Commissioner Appointee responsible for atrocities

AHRC MEDIA Release  28 June 2001  Australia: High Commissioner Appointee responsible for atrocities  Former detainee under General Perera speaks out  Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is issuing today an eyewitness account [attached] of extreme physical and psychological torture, overcrowding and hundreds of disappearances/extrajudicial killings at an illegal military detention camp (in Wehera, Kurunegala district, 25 […]

SRI LANKA: Over 30,000 disappearances remain unresolved

The United Nations Human Rights Commission is currently having its annual meeting in Geneva. AHRC believes that this is an opportune time to insist that the UN establish an International Tribunal to investigate and bring to trial the perpetrators of the forced disappearances in Sri Lanka.   Even by official Sri Lankan government figures, over […]

Sri Lanka: Call for Action on Disappearances

AHRC UA990312 Sri Lanka 12 March 1999 ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The United Nation Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances Report E/CN.4/1999/62 dated 28 December 1998 states that the Sri Lankan Government informed the Working Group it had established an inter-ministerial committee \”to examine expeditious ways of implementing the recommendations […]

Sri Lanka: Allegation of Mass Grave of About 400 Bodies – No Investigations

Former Lance Corporal Somaratne Rajapakse has received severe injuries after being attacked by his prison guards at Colombo’s Welikade jail for alleging revealing the existence of a mass grave in the northern Jaffna peninsula according to the AFP report dated 23 August 1998. A former soldier, he revealed in July 1998, that there is a […]

Sri Lanka: Special Campaign on Disappearances, Particularly on Children

The three government commissions established to inquire into disappearances, which took place in large scale in Sri Lanka, have established 16,782 cases of such disappearances. (NGOs have estimated much larger number) The commissions have spend almost three years for inquiries and published their report at the end of last year. However no action has been […]

Sri Lanka: 16,742 Disappearances Established! What Next?

Three commissions created by the Sri Lankan government have established the disappearances of 16,742 people. While the claim that the number of disappearances are much larger needs to be further investigated, the immediate issue now is what conclusions can be drawn from the facts already established. It should be underlined that those who have disappeared […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek, Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from FORUM ASIA concerning the disappearance of a human rights defender and member of the Community Trust Fund (CFT) in Puttalam, Sri Lanka who went missing on 11 February 2010. Complaints to the local police and the Human Rights Commission of Sri […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Abduction of Children’s Home Director of Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO)

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an urgent action alert issued by the Tamil Rehabilation Organization (TRO) regarding abduction of its Children’s Home Director Mr. Krishnapillai Kamalanathan on 2 July 2006. We also attached contact information of relevant Sri Lankan authorities you may want to send an appeal letter […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): Forcible disappearance of seven activists in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Visayas

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal from \\KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), a human rights organization in Manila, Philippines, regarding the disappearance of seven human rights activists, four of whom are peasants in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Visayas on 30 September 2005. The victims have yet […]

PHILIPPINES: Threats to a key witness and his family for testifying against soldiers involved in the disappearance of six men

Dear friends,   The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) about the threats on Sgt. Esequias Duyogan and his family.     Sgt. Duyogan is the key witness to the forced disappearance of six men, collectively known as ‘PICOP six’, in […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): Disappearance of an 18-year old man in Davao City

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you information received from a reliable source regarding the disappearance of an 18-year-old man, Lowel Labajo, after he was forcibly abducted in Davao City, Mindanao on 1 July 2005. The abduction took place after he was reported to have played a role in the […]

EGYPT: Government urged to halt excessive force against demonstrators

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) regarding widespread arbitrary arrest and detention, abductions followed by enforced disappearances of persons, extrajudicial killings and denial of freedom of assembly in Egypt. For more information, please contact: The Cairo Institute for Human […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Indonesia/Aceh): the abduction and disappearance of a child

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an urgent appeal issued by the Acheh Papua Maluku Human Rights Online, with regard to the torture and disappearance of a 11-year-old boy by the Indonesian military troops (TNI). The boy was arrested and tortured twice on 23 and 24 May 2005. He has been missing since […]

PHILIPPINES: Forcible disappearance of a young man in Davao City

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a human rights non-governmental organization in the Philippines, on the disappearance of Carpit Jimlan (26), at his residence in Upper Sirib, Calinan, Davao City on 30 April 2004. His whereabouts are still unknown. Jimlan is […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Thailand): Five student activists advocating human rights are at risk of torture

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal that five student activists advocating human rights have disappeared from their dormitory on 15 August 2008 in southern Thailand. Two of whom had previously been arrested in January of this year. The disappeared victims, all are students of the Yala Rajabhat […]