Human rights defenders

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 […]

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): Fear for safety: J.C. Weliamuna, human rights lawyer and His Family

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal received from Amnesty International regarding a grenade attack on a human rights lawyer who is the director of Transparency International Sri Lanka in Colombo. If you have further queries in this case, please feel free to contact the office of Amnesty International. Thank […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Pakistan): Arrest of human rights defenders in Pakistan

Dear friends, Please see below a letter sent by a group of organisations in Thailand to the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, regarding the arrest of human rights defenders during a recent peaceful assembly in Pakistan. Interested persons can write similar letters to the President of Pakistan and to Pakistani embassies or consulates in […]

PHILIPPINES: Twenty six workers and union leaders illegally dismissed in Negros

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal about the illegal dismissal of 26 workers and union leaders of a retail company when union leaders successfully won the election replacing officers allegedly appointed by the company in Negros. The newly elected officers were supposed to represent the rank and […]

NEPAL: The Unacceptable Prohibition of Freedom of Movement of Human Rights Defender

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward a statement issued by a group of human rights organisations in Nepal, with regard to the unacceptable prohibition of freedom of movement of human rights defenders. For the security of these organisations, we do not provide their names. The AHRC raised its concern regarding […]

INDIA: Manipur state government closing down independent media and civic organizations

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is very concerned by the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Manipur, Assam where numerous human rights groups and non-governmental organizations are being forced to close their offices. We are forwarding information from the Centre for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) about an independent media organization that […]

INDIA: Human rights defender murdered in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Voice of the People (VoP), Uttar Pradesh, People’s Watch Tamilnadu (PWTN) and People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) Uttar Pradesh concerning the murder of Mr. Hari Lal. It is reported that Hari Lal was a leader of the VoP, an […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (India): Further arrests and ill-treatment of human rights defenders by security forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward to you an appeal from the Front Line regarding the case of arrest, detention and suspected torture of  human rights defenders in the Indian state of Manipur. Several human rights organisations across the world have expressed their concern for the safety of these human […]

PHILIPPINES: Petition asking President Aquino to take custody of a falsely charged activist

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding a petition asking President Benigno Aquino III and his officials to consider taking into their custody Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie, a prominent human rights defender in Sulu, Mindanao Island, who had to go on hiding after being falsely charged on charges of murder. Tulawie is willing […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Iran): Ailing female human rights defender Shadi Sadr is beaten and arrested

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network about the violent abduction and illegal detention of their ailing colleague, human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr. Please join them in calling for her release and for her access to immediate medical treatment. […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Thailand): Five student activists advocating human rights are at risk of torture

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal that five student activists advocating human rights have disappeared from their dormitory on 15 August 2008 in southern Thailand. Two of whom had previously been arrested in January of this year. The disappeared victims, all are students of the Yala Rajabhat […]

PHILIPPINES: Labour rights activist killed in Santa Rosa City

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from the National Coalition for the Protection of Workers’ Rights (NCPWR) regarding the murder of Edward Panganiban, a labour rights activist. If you have any question, please contact the group’s email at: ncpwr.st@gmail.com and granahe.st@gmail.com Thank you. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian […]