Extrajudicial killings

INDIA: West Bengal police beat man to death then threaten local population

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has very disturbing news from local partner organization Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) that the police in Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal, beat a man to death during routine inquiries on 18 September 2005. According to the reports, since the man was killed, the police and local authorities […]

INDIA: Human rights defender physically assaulted, threatened and detained by government officials

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information through its local partner MASUM in West Bengal that Mr. Gopen Sharma, a human rights activist was illegally detained, threatened and assaulted by the officers at the Block Development Office in Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal. Mr. Sharma was, at the time of the […]

NEPAL: Suspicious death of man following his being taken into custody by security forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of the suspicious death of a man following his being taken into custody by security forces. Chandra Bahadur Basnet, alias Manoj, along with his friend, Santosh Champlagain was detained by police force officers at the Dhankuta Hotel for no stated reason on 24 […]

INDONESIA: Military Court verdict for torture and killing of Paulus E. Kusvidiyanto is close to impunity; police investigation into the involvement of civilians stalled

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (Kontras) about the torture and murder of Paulus Erwin Kusvidiyanto. Paulus was tortured to death by three military officers and at least five civilians on 9 November 2004. On this charge, the three military […]

INDIA: Poor condition of the Basirhat Hospital morgue represents the collapse of post mortem system in West Bengal

Dear friends, Further to its previous urgent appeals and statements regarding the appalling conditions of morgues and the consequent ill treatment of dead bodies, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to share information received from MASUM, a human rights organisation in West Bengal, about the Basirhat Hospital morgue in West Bengal, India. According to […]

UPDATE (India): No compensation to family of adivasi, murdered by forest official, despite a four year wait

[Re: UA- 50 -2005: INDIA: Three and a half year wait for justice for the brutal murder of an Adivasi (tribal person) by a forest official in Gujarat] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the case of Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava (30), an adivasi who was murdered by an Indian […]

UPDATE (India): Police action on death in custody of young man in Kerela

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is pleased to learn that at least two police officers have been suspended and arrested in connection with the torture and death of a man in police custody in Kollam District, Kerela, India. (See further:¬†UA-95-2005). The arrested constables have been remanded to police custody until 7 July […]

SRI LANKA: Alleged torture and extra judicial killing of a man by the Kadawatha police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of the alleged torture and extra-judicial killing of a man by the Kadawatha police, Sri Lanka. On 30 April 2005, Damikka Dissanayake had been enjoying himself at a musical show with friends. Later in the night, however, Damikka was seen being led away […]

BANGLADESH: Extra-judicial killings of 378 people allegedly at the hands of Bangladesh’s law enforcement agencies

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a reliable source regarding the increasingly common practice of extra-judicial killings by law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh. Three hundred and seventy eight people have been killed by these agencies since June 2004, with 18 killed in a matter of only 13 days in […]

SRI LANKA: A 52-year-old man allegedly tortured to death by the Peliyagoda police over a trivial complaint

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed that 52-year-old Hettiarachchige Abeysiri residing at 506/1 Delgahawatte Wanawasala, Kelaniya was tortured to death by the Peliyagoda police on 14 July 2005 after being illegally arrested on 13 July 2005. The police allegedly arrested him on the very trivial grounds that his neighbor complained against […]

SRI LANKA: Extrajudicial killings reflect absence of command responsibility within Sri Lanka’s policing system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2005 AS-82-2005 A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Extrajudicial killings reflect absence of command responsibility within Sri Lanka’s policing system The increasing violence and extrajudicial killings in Sri Lankan police stations reflect the absence of command responsibility within the police department. Daily reports of serious police torture, […]

NEPAL: Abduction and extra-judicial execution of a man goes unredressed

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from sources about the inaction of the police and the Attorney General in regards to the abduction and murder of a man in Chadani Village Development Committee (VDC)- 7, Haldughat, Kanchanpur by Maoists on 19 June 2005. Two Maoists in civil dress entered the […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Witnesses of activists’ killings in Luzon refused to give evidence fearing their security

[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, UP-29-2005: Two more […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Protection needed for witnesses to activists’ killings in Visayas

[UP-29-2005: Two more leaders from the Bayan Muna party are killed in Baguio and Tacloban City, UP-59-2005: Another human rights activist killed in Visayas, UP-61-2005: Wounded victim in activist shooting dies] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of the progress of an investigation conducted by the Commission on Human […]

SRI LANKA: A further killing in Colombo and possibility of escalation of violence

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is shocked to learn about the assassination of a high ranking Sri Lankan military intelligence officer Major Nisam Muthalif today in Colombo. The AHRC condemns this murder and further reiterates that Sri Lanka is rapidly heading towards a major breakdown of law and order. The AHRC urge for rapid […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Commission on Human Rights confirms gross violation of human rights regarding the killing of three people by military

[FA-06-2005 Three people killed and three others wounded by military forces in Matan-ao, Davao del Sur, Mindanao; UP-46-2005 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) wishes to inform you that […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Wounded victim in activist shooting dies

[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-29-2005 Two more leaders from the Bayan Muna party are killed in Baguio and Tacloban City; UP-59-2005 Another human rights activist […]

SRI LANKA: Man dies in police custody under suspicious circumstances

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the death of a man while in police custody at the Rakwana Police Station, Sri Lanka. Helwala Langachcharige Susantha Kulatung, a father of four, was taken into custody by five officers from the Rakwana Police on 18 April 2005. The officers allegedly began […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Another human rights activist killed in Visayas

[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-29-2005 Two more leaders from the Bayan Muna party are killed in Baguio and Tacloban City] Dear friends, The Asian Human […]

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 […]