Extrajudicial killings

THAILAND: Catastrophe in Thailand could have been avoided, must be addressed

The latest mass killing in the south of Thailand is a direct consequence of the intentional and dramatic weakening of controls over the police and armed forces there in the last two years. Despite alarms being raised from numerous quarters, the government of Thailand has blatantly ignored the signs of impending disaster. Not only the […]

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara of Samanalaweva Police Post in Balangoda on 26 August 2004. Due to brutal torture, the victim still suffers from severe pain on his […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband with false allegation

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 20-year-old woman named Saran has been killed by her husband Nawab in the pretext of honor killing on 8 September 2004. The perpetrator has not been arrested yet. This is already the twelfth honor killing case AHRC has reported from Sindh Province […]

SRI LANKA: Extra-judicial killing by the Welipenna Police allegedly for personal reasons

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned about the murder of Madugoda Ralalage Don Saman Priyantha Guneratna (29) by the officers from the Welipenna Police Station on 30 May 2004. The alleged reason of the murder is that the Sub Inspector Mr. Silva of the Welipenna Police Station wanted revenge for […]

INDIA: One man beaten to death while another seriously injured by the Thrissur Traffic Police Station officers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from JANANEETHI, a human rights organization in Kerala, India, that one man was beaten to death while another was seriously injured by the police from the Thrissur Traffic Police Station, Kerala, India on 16 May 2004. A victim named Sajeev became unconscious due to […]

PHILIPPINES: Victim of summary killings shot in Mindoro Oriental prior to national elections

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned by the information that another member of a party list organization has been killed in Mindoro Oriental, Philippines. Isaias Manano Jr, 23, was shot on his way home from visiting a mayoral candidate in Calapan city. Manano was the secretary general of Anakpawis-Mindoro Oriental (Toiling […]

SRI LANKA: Casual Killings: Seven People Shot Dead by Police within 70 Days

Within the first 70 days of the year 2004, the number of people shot dead by the police in Sri Lanka came to seven ¡V an average of one person every 10 days. All of these shootings have taken place during peacetime policing, and all of the victims were civilians. None of the deaths suggest […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband on the pretext of honour killing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 30-year-old woman named Ms. Hidayat was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr. Momin Ali Mahar in Dal village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Town, Shikarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan on 29 February 2004. The case was registered at the Chak Police Station. However, a human […]

SRI LANKA: A young man assaulted and shot dead by the police in the course of investigation

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Bellanavithanage Sanath Yasaratne was allegedly assaulted and shot by the police from the the Baduraliya Police Station on 22 February 2004. The victim was died while being transferred to the general hospital in Colombo from the Wattaewa Hospital on that […]

NEPAL: Three young persons shot dead by security personnel and a girl among the victims were gang-raped before being killed in Pokahari Chauri-4, Kavre District

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a reliable source of extra-judicial killings of two young girls and one young boy, Reena Rasaili (18), Subhadra Chaulagain (17) and Tasi Lama, by security personnel in Pokahari Chauri-4, Kavre District in Nepal on 13 February 2004. It is alleged that Reena Rasaili […]

PHILIPPINES: Two young boys shot dead by army soldiers

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on killings of two teenage boys by army soldiers. Even though there was no crossfire between them and the alleged Waray-Waray Gang members (wanted criminals), the army soldiers distorted the incident, claming that the two boys […]

PAKISTAN: Christian youth, Sunil Samuel, 18, sexually assaulted and tortured to death

Dear Friends We are forwarding information from the Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples (ACPP) which is a human rights organization in Pakistan, which states that a 18-year-old young boy Sunil Samuel was sexually assaulted by inmates at Camp Jail Lahore. After lodging a complaint [to prison authorities], he was tortured to death by […]

SRI LANKA: Another two cases of deaths in custody

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received another two cases of deaths in custody in Sri Lanka. It is already the third custodial death case that AHRC has received in the past week. Victims of both cases were allegedly tortured and killed by police officers. AHRC expresses our deep concern for the […]

INDONESIA: Inquiry into 1965 massacre must continue

INDONESIA: Crime against Humanity – state-organised mass killings, disappearances, torture, long-term political imprisonment and lifelong discrimination, threats to human rights defenders ——————————– This is an Urgent Appeal to all concerned with supporting the victims of one of the most horrific crimes of the 20th Century: Indonesia’s 1965 massacre. The first preliminary investigation into the massacre […]

SRI LANKA: Extra-Judicial Killing — Allegedly by officers attached to Kalutara South police station

This case is about Yoga Clement Benjamin alias \”Rasa\” (47), married with three children, a Catholic and a Tamil of Hillview Road, Pannila, Kalutara South in Sri Lanka. He was shot and killed by the police officers of the Kalutara South Police on 26 February 2003. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Until the month of April 2002, Yoga […]

THAILAND: Extrajudicial killing, impunity

SUMMARY Since February 1, hundreds of alleged drug dealers have been killed in Thailand’s latest \”war on drugs\”, launched by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. While addressing the drug problem in Thailand is a serious matter, the current government is in effect encouraging the police to sidestep judicial procedure and simply execute alleged offenders. This also […]

UPDATE (INDONESIA/ACEH): Young activist found dead after being kidnapped

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that Mr. Musliadi, 26, a coordinator of KaGEMPAR, a coalition of students and youth groups in West Aceh, was found dead after being kidnapped by six men suspected to be members of the Indonesian armed forces on Nov. 30, 2002 (for more details, please see our previous […]

THAILAND: Massacre on the Mae Lamao

During the last week of January 2002, at least 17 persons of Burmese origin were massacred in a single incident on the Mae Lamao stream, Mae Ramat district, within the vicinity of Mae Sot, Tak province, Thailand. As none of the victims were Thai, the local authorities initially ignored the case, however were pressured to act after word of the terrible event spread. The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has since became involved.

INDONESIA: Aceh killings require proper investigation

Professor Shafwan Idris (51), Rector of IAIN Ar-Raniry, the State Islamic Studies Institute, Aceh, was fatally wounded (shot in the face at close range) on 16 September. He was killed at his home (IAIN-Campus, Darussalam) on the outskirts of Banda Aceh by two assailants who arrived by motorbike.

INDONESIA/ACEH: Human rights activist, Sukardi, 30, killed

31 January 2000, Sukardi, 30, of Yayasan Rumpun Bambu Indonesia (YRBI), was abducted, tortured and killed in Tapak Tuan, South Aceh. Sukardi was a volunteer with local environmentalist group YRBI [Bamboo Thicket Institute].  The security forces are alleged to be involved in the killing of Sukardi.  Human rights activists in Aceh are often kidnapped, tortured, […]