Fabrication of charges

SRI LANKA: A man was brutally tortured by Anamaduwa Police on mistaken identity

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Koronchige Nihal De Silva (28) of ‘Ashoka Niwasa’, Parawakandagama, Anamaduwa in Puttalam district was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Anamaduwa Police Station on 2 January 2011. He was hung on the beam and beaten with poles […]

SRI LANKA: Police brutally torture a man in revenge for complaining to the human rights commission

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Alahendra Acharige Dinesh Priyankara of Panadura North Police Division in Kaluthara district was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Panadura North Police Station on 23 January 2011. Later he was brought to the station and questioned about […]

BANGLADESH: Army officer’s father threatens to destroy home and establishments of a human rights defender’s family

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding death threat to the family of F. M. A. Razzak, a human rights defender, and his well-wishers from the relatives of an officer the Bangladesh Army regarding an illegitimate claim of ownership of a land, which had already been settled by the concerned […]

PAKISTAN: A couple is missing after their arrest by policemen – the 70-year-old father of the bride is demanding a girl from the groom’s family in compensation

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a couple is missing after their arrest by police officers from two stations on the instructions of a high ranking police official. The couple was married in a civil court and was declared as Karo Kari (black and blacky, liable to be killed). […]

BANGLADESH: Pallabi police of Dhaka has killed an 18-year-old college student

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that the Pallabi Police of Dhaka killed an 18-year-old college student named Imtiaz Hossain Abir in so called “cross fire” on 10 January 2011. Abir was a student of higher secondary level at the Northern College of Mohammadpur in the city of Dhaka. The police […]

SRI LANKA: Independence without civil liberties is a farce

Sri Lanka will be celebrating its independence from the British Empire on February 4, 2011. The lamentation that independence has not meant a great deal to the people of Sri Lanka is commonly heard. However, the causes that created this situation have often not been examined. The very meaning of independence for citizens of any […]

SRI LANKA: Kolonna police tortured a man and removed him from hospital against the doctor’s advice

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man, Mr. Karasinghe Arachchilage Kumarasinghe Appuhami (55) was illegally arrested and detained by the Kolonna police. While he was in police custody he was tortured and as a result he was injured about the head and started to vomit. He was brought […]

SRI LANKA: Innocent man tortured and put into a leech filled pool by the Matugama Police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Mr. Anthony Ayya Devaraj was illegally arrested by police officers attached to the Matugama Police Station in the district of Kaluthara. He was primarily asked to help the police officers find three suspects while he was working in a paddy […]

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights in Sulu: The Case of Temogen Tulawie

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from a campaign website, Protect Human Rights Defenders! Protect Cocoy Tulawie! Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- An article from Protect Cocoy Tulawie! Campaign forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission PHILIPPINES: Human Rights in Sulu: The Case of Temogen Tulawie How it […]

SRI LANKA: Young Tamil complainant in a bribery case against a police officer faces attempts on his life and is in hiding

Devarathnam Yogendra ( 28 ) is the complainant in a bribery case against IP Wijesuriya of the Hatton Police Station, who has been indicted on a charge of obtaining bribes. This charge has been filed on the basis of a complaint made by Yogendra on November 6, 2010 and it is alleged that the police […]

BURMA: Twelve people jailed without evidence over alleged bomb plot under antiquated laws

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned of another case of 12 persons in Burma given long jail sentences for alleged anti-government activities. In fact, the state prosecution had no evidence against the accused and the judge convicted them, as in other cases of this sort, on the say-so of the police. […]

SRI LANKA: Police torture as an indicator of the constitutional degradation of the Rule of Law

Sofie Rordam Sri Lankan citizens are protected against torture and arbitrary arrest in sections 11, 12 and 13 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. In addition Sri Lanka has ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Treatment in 1994. While the legislation is there, the effectuation is not. The gap between […]

SRI LANKA: Further correspondence on unjustified listing in a Canada-based website

We reproduce below a reply received from the Webmaster (who has refused identify himself) relating to the correspondence which we have published earlier, which does not answer any of the questions posed earlier by the Asian Human Rights Commission and Mr. Fernando himself. Mr. Fernando has therefore responded to this reply as follows. The email […]

SRI LANKA: Demand from the Webmaster — place.names@yahoo.com for revealing the details of the ‘Colombo Editor’

With reference to the earlier statement relating to a publication by A WHO’S WHO OF SOME LTTE ACTIVISTS, OPPONENTS etc., PAST AND PRESENT the AHRC has written to the webmaster to reveal the author of the fabricated material. For further information on this issue please see: SRI LANKA: AHRC tells the Canada-based Sri Lankan intellectual […]

SRI LANKA: Letter from Professor Craig Scott regarding unjustified listing on your site of Mr Basil Fernando

An Open Letter from Prof. Craig Scott forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Date: 6 January 2011 08:23 Subject: Letter from Professor Craig Scott regarding unjustified listing on your site of Mr Basil Fernando To: place.names@yahoo.com January 5, 2010 Dear Sir/Madam, I am aware of the inclusion on your list at http://dh-web.org/place.names/posts/post-ltte.html of […]

SRI LANKA: Dr. Chandre Dharma-Wardana admits to the publication of false and defamatory material and a death list

Yesterday we published an open letter relating to false and defamatory material which also amounted to the publication of a death list. Kindly see : SRI LANKA: AHRC tells the Canada-based Sri Lankan intellectual to stop distribution of false and defamatory material and a death list, at: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-OLT-001-2011. We have subsequently received replies from Dr. […]

ASIA: Christmas and New Year Wishes from the Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. In all countries of Asia, this Christmas and new year will be celebrated in very difficult conditions. We extend our wishes to all families who are struggling in the midst of these difficulties to fight for their rights. We particularly […]

PHILIPPINES: ‘Morong 43’ case–exposes a prosecution system directly under political control

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes with reservations President Benigno Aquino III’s order to withdraw the charges against 43 health workers, collectively known as ‘Morong 43′, as reported today. We strongly believe, based on the documents and information that we have also obtained, that they should have not been arrested, detained, and forced to […]

BANGLADESH: Police illegally arrest a lawyer-cum-politician and detain him for months on fabricate charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) illegally arrested a lawyer named Mr. Mantu Ghosh detained him in a number of fabricated charges for 72 days. Mr. Ghosh is a central committee member of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and an advisor to the […]

SRI LANKA: A complainant was illegally arrested, detained and tortured by officers of the Ma Oya Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man was illegally arrested by the police officers attached to the Ma Oya Police Post in the district of Polonnaruwa when he went to make a complaint. He was severely tortured and denied medical treatment. He only received medical treatment at the […]