Human rights defenders

FORWARDED APPEAL (India): A lawyer assaulted in Madurai, Tamil Nadu

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from People’s Watch Tamil Nadu concerning the torture, arrest and detention of a lawyer in Madurai. The victim was hospitalised after the incident, though no appropriate actions were taken against the police officers. For more information, please contact: Ms. S. Sabitha National […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): A learning center run by religious groups allegedly torched by military agents in Aurora, Luzon

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), a human rights organization based in Manila. The group reported that a learning center, Bataris Formation Center, which was built by the religious groups, was torched by unidentified men believed to be […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek, Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from FORUM ASIA concerning the disappearance of a human rights defender and member of the Community Trust Fund (CFT) in Puttalam, Sri Lanka who went missing on 11 February 2010. Complaints to the local police and the Human Rights Commission of Sri […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): A female human rights activist stabbed to death in Bislig City, Mindanao

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal from the  KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), a human rights organization in Manila, Philippines, regarding the killing of another labor activist. Mrs. Victoria Samonte (51), the regional vice-chair of the KMU-CARAGA which is the leading labor alliance in the Philippines, […]

PHILIPPINES: Harassment of a prominent Muslim human rights defender

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) – Mindanao regarding the harassment of a prominent Muslim human rights defender, Mr. Temogen Sahipa Tulawie. If you wish to make any inquiries please contact TFDP at: 214, Earth St., GSIS Heights, Matina, […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Honduras): Safety fears for threatened human rights defender in Honduras

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from Amnesty International regarding the safety issue of a human rights defender in Honduras. Threats made against a human rights defender is an extremely serious matter, and one which concerns us greatly. For this reason we forward information to you now […]

VIETNAM: Arrest and arbitrary detention of four Vietnamese

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from the Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT-France) regarding the arrest and arbitrary detention of four Vietnamese. If you have further question, please contact them at Tel: +33 1 40 40 42 43; or their office address at […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (India): Human rights activists arrested and released for protesting against caste based discrimination

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Child Rights and You (CRY) and the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) regarding the case of arrest and release of human rights activists in Thirunelveli, Sankarankovil and Tenkasi areas of Tamil Nadu. It is reported that about 500 activists were […]

PHILIPPINES: Threats to a key witness and his family for testifying against soldiers involved in the disappearance of six men

Dear friends,   The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) about the threats on Sgt. Esequias Duyogan and his family.     Sgt. Duyogan is the key witness to the forced disappearance of six men, collectively known as ‘PICOP six’, in […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Immediate protection needed for Mr. J.C. Weliamuna with impartial investigation for grenade attack

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward the appeal sent to the President of Sri Lanka and the president of the Bar Association by Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation based in the Netherlands on 7 October 2008. This appeal is in regard to the recent grenade attack against Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Bangladesh): Legal action against one human rights advocate due to his work on illegal demolition of one Hindu temple by the armed forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an urgent appeal issued by the Human Rights Congress for Banglaesh Minorities (HRCBM) regarding the legal action against its Dhaka chapter President, Rabindra Ghosh. A case was filed against the victim alleging his work as anti-state, after he contacted several local government officials to inquire […]