Extrajudicial killings

SRI LANKA: Victim dies after severe torture by the Maharagama police in Colombo District

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by the killing of a Mr. Don Wijerathna Munasinghe by the Maharagama police in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. Mr. Munasinghe was arrested for a petty traffic offense on 10 April 2005 and severely tortured by the police. He succumbed to his injuries and died […]

UPDATE (Philippines): A call for speedy resolution of a case filed against the military in the killing of Indigenous People (IPs) in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has receive updated information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) that charges and violations of Indigenous People’s (IPs) rights have already been filed against military forces, led by team leaders Lt. Robert Betita and Lt. Jose Erie from the 25th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army […]

PHILIPPINES: Philippines government must expose emerging army and police links to activists’ killings

The arrest of a suspect in the killing of Fr William Tadena has given a little emotional relief and glimpse of hope to the relatives of human rights defenders and political activists killed during recent weeks in the Philippines. If media reports that Tadena’s killers were hired and have links to the police and military […]

SRI LANKA: A father of three assaulted and killed by the Panadura police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the death of Nallawarige Sandasirilal Fernando, a 36-year-old man who died of serious head injuries after he was assaulted by a policeman from the Panadura Police station on 26 March 2005 at his home in Wekaeda, Panadura, Sri Lanka. His death has seriously […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Two more leaders from the Bayan Muna party were killed in Baguio and Tacloban City

[RE: UA-34-2005: Killing of a labor rights activist for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers in Tarlac City, UP-26-2005: Priest supporting for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers in La Paz, Tarlac killed and two others wounded, UP-28-2005: Attempt on the life of a human rights lawyer working for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers] Dear friends, The […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Attempt on the life of a human rights lawyer working for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers

Killing of a labor rights activist for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers in Tarlac City, UP-26-2005: Priest supporting for the Hacienda Luisita farm workers in La Paz, Tarlac killed and two others wounded] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by the attempt on the life of Atty. Romeo Capulong, a […]

INDIA: Youth killed by firing by Border Security Force (BSF) in the South Dinajpur district, West Bengal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organisation in West Bengal, that Rabin Hansda, a 34 year-old mentally ill man, was killed by three members of the Border Security Force (BSF) on 23 January 2005 in the southern district of Dinajpur, West Bengal, India. Hansda was […]

THAILAND: When the purpose of an inquiry is to achieve nothing

Nearly a week has passed since the Thai Ministry of Defence announced the setting up of a panel to investigate three officers implicated in the killing of at least 85 persons by security forces in Narathiwat last October 2004. The men stand accused of having “mishandled” a protest outside the Tak Bai police station, leading […]

INDIA: Extreme abuse of power by the Central Reserved Police Force in Manipur

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE), a human rights organisation in Manipur, India, about the indiscriminate killings, arbitrary detention and torture of innocent civilians by the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) on 18 January 2005 in Wangoo Nungai Sabal Noyaikhong Mapal, […]

NEPAL: Extra-judicial killings of four Maoists by Nepalese Security Forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that four men, namely Laxaman Pun, Prithvi Gautam B.K. (also known as Suraj), Sher Bahadur Budha (also known as Dinesh) and Lok Bahadur Pun (also known as Paisas), were shot dead by security forces on 26 December 2004.  No inquiry was conducted before their execution. […]

NEPAL: UN Secretary General’s statement a vital opportunity to end the misery of Nepalese People

Statement | Nepal | 24-12-2004

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) shares the concerns expressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations in his statement on the human rights situation in Nepal. Time and again the AHRC has stressed that regional governments such as India, international governments and bodies such as European Union, national political parties and the King […]

INDIA: Farmer died after extreme torture by Border Security Force personnel in Shirsiklaibari village, Malda district

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organization in West Bengal, that Mr Biswanath Modal, a 45-year-old farmer, died after being mercilessly tortured by two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Malda District, West Bengal, India on the afternoon of 4 December 2004. Biswanath’s fellow villagers, […]

PHILIPPINES: A human rights worker killed in Albay

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a human rights defender named Mr. Joel B. Baclao was shot dead outside his house in Barangay Lacag, Daraga, Albay on 10 November 2004 by an unidentified man. Mr. Baclao’s family suspects that the victim might have been killed by a person linked […]

NEPAL: Reported cases of extra-judicial killings by personnel from the Joint Security team

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to bring to your attention eight reported cases of extra-judicial killings by personnel from the Joint Security team in Nepal. In seven of the eight cases, plain clothed security personnel went to the homes of seven men, demanding that the men come forward.  During this process, […]

SRI LANKA: Gerald Perera, courageous worker who fought for his rights, slain in attempt to derail justice

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announces with great shock and sadness that Gerald Mervin Perera, who was due to give evidence in court against seven police officers accused of torture, passed away at around 1pm local time today, 24 November 2004, at the Colombo General Hospital, Sri Lanka. He had been in a critical […]

THAILAND: U.N. expert’s offer to visit a great opportunity for Thailand

Hopefully the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, will change his position on a proposed visit to the country by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions, Philip Alston. Last week, after the Special Rapporteur suggested coming in order to speak with those involved in recent events in the south, the Prime […]

INDIA: Suspicious death of Veerapan and three others by Special Task Force without following proper investigation procedure

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from People’s Watch-Tamil Nadu, a local human rights organization, regarding the suspicious deaths of Mr. Veerapan and his three associates by Special Task Force (STF) officers during an encounter on the night of 18 October 2004.  Although STF claimed that all of the men […]

NEPAL: Extra-judicial killings of three young men at Hasandaha VDC of Morang District

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that three young men, namely Bishwanath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tomnath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang, of the Hasandaha Village Development Committee (VDC) in Morang, Nepal, were shot dead by security forces on 28 September 2004. No proper inquiry was conducted before their […]

THAILAND: Questions for the government of Thailand

As details emerge about what happened in Narathiwat province of southern Thailand this October 25, extremely serious questions must now be asked. The first key question is how is it possible that so many persons could have died from suffocation in army vehicles? According to Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, deputy director of the Forensic Science Institute, […]

THAILAND: At least 84 people killed in Southern Thailand

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that at least 84 people died and more than 20 others were injured on 25 October 2004, when the Thai government security forces dispersed and arrested about 3,000 protesters in Narathiwat province. The government officials said that about 1,300 protesters were arrested for questioning, […]