Environmental protection

ASIA: A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World Our Common Good: Legislators and religious leaders join forces for nuclear abolition

A Press Release from Religions for Peace, PNND, & Mayors for Peace forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Hiroshima, August 6, 2015 ‘Religious leaders, mayors and parliamentarians share the common good of a nuclear-weapon-free world’ announced leaders of Religions for Peace, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and Mayors for Peace at […]

INDIA: Stop Meghalaya Government from buying time for coal mine owners

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information that the Meghalaya state government has placed an application before the National Green Tribunal to extend the date of transportation and payment of royalty on coal. This application has been made despite the government and mine owners having had one entire year to clear out […]

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 77

In this week’s Roundup, AHRC TV reports on Ganga Maya Adhikari’s ongoing hunger protest in Nepal. She has given the government a 10-day ultimatum to meet her demands for action against the murderers of her son. AHRC TV interviews Ganga Maya in hospital; the government has yet to begin prosecuting those involved in the killing. Next in […]

INDIA: Filling of the Mapithel Dam Reservoir threatens massive displacement in Manipur

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Mapithel Dam Affected Villages Organization, Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, and the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, regarding the imminent threat of displacement and livelihood insecurity faced by those affected by the Mapithel Dam. The AHRC has learnt that the […]

NEPAL: Let natural disaster not be compounded by State failure

Another earthquake, this one with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale, struck Nepal on 12 May. It has led to 65 deaths and counting, adding to the more than 8,000 lives lost since the first earthquake hit Nepal two weeks ago on 25 April 2015. Tuesday’s earthquake was centred about 76 km (47 […]

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 71

In this week’s Roundup, AHRC TV begins with a live report on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. AHRC’s representative Shiva Hari Gyawali is on the ground in Kathmandu, where thousands have perished and assistance has still not reached some of the more remote areas situated close to the epicentre of the powerful quake […]

PHILIPPINES: Stop demolition against Laguna Lakeshore Community in Taguig

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Defend Job Philippines about on-going demolition and evictions targeting the urban poor community of the Laguna Lakeshore area of Taguig city. This drive aims to clear the area to facilitate the Lakeshore Development project. It is the largest Public-Private Partnership Project of the […]

NEPAL: Appeal of NGO Federation of Nepal for Support to the Earthquake-Stricken People of Nepal

A Statement from NGO Federation of Nepal, forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Nepal is reeling under crisis since 25 April 2015 after it was hit by 7.9-magnitude tremor and several aftershocks.  The earthquake death toll has crossed 5,000 according to the Armed Police Force data provided to the National Emergency Operation Center. The […]

NEPAL: Earthquake – call for international support

Statement | Nepal | 25-04-2015

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) joins the world in grieving the deaths and loss of property in Nepal after the massive earthquake that has hit Nepal today at 11:50 am Nepali time. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck 80 km east of Pokhara in Nepal has devastated the country causing human casualties and other damages […]

INDIA: India could lead again for a nuclear-weapon-free world

A Press Release from Asia Press Office, Right Livelihood Award Foundation forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) India has new opportunities to lead a global initiative for a nuclear-weapon-free world according to nuclear policy analyst Alyn Ware, a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” Mr. […]

NEPAL: End State denial to victim-centered transitional justice

We, the Conflict Victims Common Platform (CVCP), feel extreme exclusion in the whole process of transitional justice process, specifically concerning the recent recommendation committee’s list of candidates for the forthcoming Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission for Enforced Disappearance (CED). The recommendations were made public last week without prior consultation with victims and surviving […]

PAKISTAN: A Christian couple’s legs broken, and burnt alive on fabricated charges of blasphemy by a Kiln Owner

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about a horrifying incident of a Christian couple being burnt alive on charges of Blasphemy in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. According to information, the couples’ legs have been broken so that they cannot escape the burning. The young Christian couple has been severely beaten and were […]

SRI LANKA: An Open Letter to the President for Media Publication

Dear Mr. President, “You must be the change you want to see in the world” The Sri Lankan Lion roared at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly reminding the global community that “…, in order to gain the confidence and goodwill of the international community as a whole, but one of the essential requirements was consistency of standards across […]

SRI LANKA: RajaniThiranagama commemoration focuses on Democratisation

Following the assassination of Dr. RajaniThiranagamaon 21 September 1989 by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a well-attended commemoration and a peaceful march were heldin Jaffna, in which large numbers of students, clergy, activists, both local and international, and ordinary people participated. Twenty-five years ago these events took place despite the very hostile and intimidating […]

PAKISTAN: September 11, 2012 – when workers were forced to be burnt alive

Two years ago on 11th September  2012 a third degree fire broke out at the Ali Enterprises, garment factory in the industrial area of Karachi, where  259 workers perished – burnt alive. It was one of the most devastating tragedies known in the history of the garment industry. The tragedy sparked a debate but on a […]

PAKISTAN: Baldia factory fire tragedy-the compensation is not the only solution to deal with such an incident

The worst ever industrial disaster in Pakistan’s history occurred on 11th September 2012 when a massive fire in the three-storied garment factory called Ali Enterprises situated in the Baldia Town area of Karachi caused the deaths of 259 workers and serious injuries to 55 more. Two years have passed since that tragic accident sent shock waves […]

SOUTH KOREA: Military camps or government run torture centres?

Out of several recent incidents concerning conscripted men, two have sparked public outrage and triggered a call for an overhaul of the conscription system in South Korea. The first case concerns Mr. Lim, a young conscript, who turned his gun on his fellow conscripts and opened fire on 21 June 2014. As a result, five […]

INDIA: Tuberculosis and Children in India

Article | India | 06-08-2014

The title of this article may rather appear weird. However, the annual report released by the Central Government year-on-year on situation of tuberculosis or TB in India is invariably titled as TB India, (with year as the subscript). The one for the current year is titled as TB India 2014. Situation of TB in India […]

NEPAL: Police brutality results in Dolpo deaths in Dolpa district

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about a brutal police crackdown on 3rd June 2014 in Dho village, located in the upper regions of Nepal’s Dolpa district, which has left 2 persons dead and more than 50 critically injured. Most victims belong to Dho and the neighboring Tsarka villages, where […]

THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders lives under threat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that threats against human rights defenders in the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei Province in Thailand are facing grave threats against their lives. CASE NARRATIVE: As we described in our original appeal […]