Human trafficking

PAKISTAN: A 12 year girl, kidnapped, trafficked, and still missing – police despite evidences have to-date failed to find the girl

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 12 year old girl has been missing for  three years after being abducted and sold , several times, allegedly by persons belonging to a criminal syndicate who are backed with heavy political patronage and with full connivance of the police. It is […]

INDIA: Human rights defenders assaulted by traffickers and the AHTU look on

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning a case of human trafficking and child and bonded labour at a brick kiln, from GURIA, a human rights organisation working in Varanasi, located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The details of the case suggest that state government officers, including the […]

PAKISTAN: Protect kiln workers from torture, illegal detention and attacks

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that brick kiln owners, with the patronage of the Punjab provincial government, have been holding children, women, and men in illegal detention. Women who have been demanding compliance of the minimum wage and social security have been beaten, their clothes stripped, and their children […]

INDIA: A democracy that gets hurt by books, but not the body bags

Article | India | 05-03-2014

By Avinash Pandey At 218 in 2013 and 237 in 2012, one would expect a national outrage on the unusually high number of body bags returning to India from Qatar. One would think especially so, for the fact that these body bags belonged to Indian citizens. It must have incensed even the apologists of neoliberal […]

INDONESIA/HONGKONG: Punishment should be imposed on agency and employer responsible for the abuse of an Indonesian worker in Hong Kong

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the abuse experienced by a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong. The victim, Erwiana, was allegedly assaulted by her employer during her eight month stay in Hong Kong. She did not receive any salary for the eight months in which she worked […]

INDIA: Middlemen chop the hands of two bonded labourers in Odisha

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received disturbing information from  local media KBK Samachar and CGNET Swara regarding two bonded labourers in Kalahandi district of Odisha who have had their hands chopped by middlemen. The AHRC has learnt that the middlemen illegally confined the labourers for almost a week before the incident. […]

INDIA: Policemen accused of human trafficking conducting his own ‘investigation’

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the involvement of police in human trafficking. And, the same police official (Police Station Sarailakhansi, District Mau, Uttar Pradesh) has been asked to conduct the ‘investigation’. CASE NARRATIVE: A 16 year old girl (name withheld) born on 8 February 1996 was kidnapped and […]

INDIA: Person missing for 18 months in Manipur, family suspects foul play

Dear friends: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the disappearance of Mr. Sapam Chaoba Singh, 32-years-old, from his home in Imphal West District. It is reported that Singh left home on the promise that he would obtain employment at a construction site. However, it is feared that Singh has fallen prey […]

SRI LANKA: Legality of government actions rendered politically irrelevant

This week, a committed New Delhi based civil rights advocate and incidentally a good friend, observed in a dispassionate aside to an otherwise entirely different conversation in that country that ‘this situation that Sri Lankans are facing regarding the political impeachment of the Chief Justice is quite alien for us to grasp here, even in […]

WORLD: What does World Food Day mean to the malnourished?

Statement | India | 16-10-2012

A malnourished Dalit girl in Aiyer Tolla of Varansi District, Uttar Pradesh state, India. Having to repeat oneself year after year and keeping hope alive against all odds, what can be more melancholic than this? Only the fact that one does it counting the bodies of those who perished because of our failure in keeping […]

INDIA: Peeling a dead fish

Statement | India | 07-09-2012

The villagers’ protest against the absence of reasonable settlement for the land and livelihood lost to the Omkareshwar and the Indira Sagar Dams in the Narmada Valley project has thus far fallen upon a blind and deaf government. The agitation, though has received wholehearted support from a section of the Indian civil society, has failed […]

INDIA: Stop exporting gender based violence

Statement | India | 23-07-2012

After the sexual assault upon a woman in Guwahati, in Assam state early this month, a shocking event the national media in India competed in telecasting, and the despicable ‘culture’ discussion that followed, the country has scored again, internationally, for similar criminal conduct by Indian men. Impelled by sexual lust and contempt to women, the […]

INDIA: Lesson on lawlessness: of child trafficking, and a father’s lonely, long-drawn struggle against criminal cops and authoritative apathy

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning the kidnap and trafficking of the then 16-year-old Sajida Khatun (name changed to protect identity) on 25 March 2011 and the refusal of personnel at Haroa Police Station to render assistance for her recovery. Efforts by Sajida’s father to register a case with […]

INDIA: Judgments cannot replace good governance

Statement | India | 24-05-2012

India will be evaluated at the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland today. The three countries (Troika) involved in the review are Kuwait, Mauritius and Mexico. That these countries have worse records of human rights in comparison to the country they would collectively review suggests how firmly, and perhaps blindly, such processes are […]

SRI LANKA: Sandya Ekneligoda harassed

The harassment of Ms. Sandya Ekneligoda by the government’s supporters in Geneva and by the Attorney General’s department, for joining the UN Human Rights Council Mrs. Sandya Ekneligoda was one of the speakers during a side event held on 19th March 2012 during the 19th sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The […]

SRI LANKA: Two arrested from JVP dissident group

Mr. Premakumar Gunarathnam the leader of the JVP dissident group and Ms. Dimuthu Attigala a member of the same group are reported to be missing from yesterday night. According to a report, published today in the Daily Mirror, both have been arrested. However the grounds on which they were arrested or the location of the place of […]

SRI LANKA: Rupee Devolution May Lead to Malnutrition and starvation Among the Poor

The value of the rupee came down to 131 for a US dollar. This is the highest point reached relating to the value of a rupee ever. In all likelihood, it will go up further even though by artificial means, it may be brought down a little now and then. Thus, the high devaluation of […]

INDIA: Prospect is in inaction

Statement | India | 14-03-2012

The national debate regarding India’s position about the proposed resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council concerning Sri Lanka is limited to a Tamil view of the issue. The views exchanged in both houses of the country’s parliament and in the media reflect this. This parochial view about the resolution exposes the widespread lack […]

INDIA: Police connive with child traffickers to abduct a rescued girl, who was raped again

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information from Guria, a local human rights organisation based in Varanasi, India concerning the case of Maya (name changed), a girl who was kidnapped and sold by human traffickers in 2006. After rescuing the girl, Guria and the AHRC had issued an Urgent Appeal […]

SRI LANKA: The New Year Wish List- 2012

All Sri Lankans will wish that the coming year will not be like the last one and, in fact, that it be different from previous years also, years in which deep insecurity has been prevailing due to the failure of the political system, resulting in serious problems in the legal system. People reduced to powerlessness […]