Extrajudicial killings

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: 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 […]

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. […]