Fabrication of charges

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

PHILIPPINES: Eleven activists laid with questionable murder complaints

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned over questionable complaints of murder laid against eleven human rights and political activists in Camarines Sur province. They had already been subpoenaed to respond to the complaint by the military that they were responsible for attacking a military camp, which killed two persons and […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture of a utility man who was arbitrarily arrested

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a man had been tortured while in the custody of law enforcement officers who arbitrarily arrested him. The officers did not produce an arrest order or explain to him why he was being taken into custody. The victim was taken to the […]

SRI LANKA: Pussellawa Police illegally arrested, detained, tortured, and filed fabricated charges against an estate labourer

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that an estate labourer was illegally arrested by police officers attached to the Pussellawa Police Station and arbitrarily detained and tortured. Later, the police produced him before the Magistrate at Hellbodde Circuit Court on fabricated charges of possession of materials used for to produce […]

SRI LANKA: Anamaduwa Police illegally arrested, detained and tortured a school-boy and filed fabricated criminal charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 17 year old school going child was illegally arrested by the police officers attached to the Anamaduwa Police Station, arbitrarily detained and tortured. Later, the police produced the child before the Magistrate of Puttalam with fabricated charges and remanded. When he was […]

BURMA: A young man is unlawfully detained and accused over a bombing

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) previously issued a statement on the case of Phyo Wai Aung, whom the authorities in Burma have blamed for an attack on a festival in April. In this appeal we bring you the details of his case and the charges that have now been brought against him. […]

BURMA: Young man brutally tortured, held in solitary confinement and unfairly tried

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been closely following the case of a young man whom the authorities in Burma have accused of involvement in a bombing during April. Phyo Wai Aung has alleged that he was brutally tortured for nine days to force him to confess. He has also been held […]

SRI LANKA: Stop the torture of detainees at Rajangana Police Station

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received reports that police officers at Rajangana police station are using torture; four incidents have taken place at the police station in the last number of months. The police officers responsible have also broken the law and violated their code of conduct on various other levels, […]

INDIA: Arbitrary arrest and detention of environmental activist

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is informed about the illegal arrest and detention of Mr. Moirangthem Ashnikumar Singh, an environmentalist and Vice-President of Thanga Elfare Committee, Secretary of Keibul Lamjao National Park Forum, on 27 April by the Bishnupur police in Bishnupur district of Manipur state. It is reported that though Ashnikumar […]

PHILIPPINES: Rights group challenges P-Noy to run after torturers

June 25, 2010. Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and relatives of political prisoners/detainees join the other members of UATC or the United Against Torture Coalition Philippines and the freedom from torture advocates worldwide in commemorating the International Day in Support of Torture Victims by challenging P-Noy to release all political prisoners/detainees who are […]