Human trafficking

PHILIPPINES: Inability to protect has created a ‘parallel system’

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today published its 25-page report containing its analyses on what it has observed as the irreparable ‘social and systemic impact’ of the ongoing violations of human rights in the […]

SRI LANKA: International human rights agencies failed to notice the collapse of the Sri Lanka’s public institutions of justice

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 The international community, including leading human rights agencies and organisations, has failed to understand the depth of collapse of rule of law in Sri Lanka and have failed to make any effective intervention in this […]

BURMA: Abuses remain “systemic, entrenched”, AHRC warns

(Hong Kong, December 9, 2011) Despite signs of political change and the easing of restrictions on freedom of expression in Burma, rights abuses remain “systemic, deeply entrenched and vast in scale”, the Asian Human Rights Commission said today in its annual State of Human Rights in Asia report.   The 17-page Burma report, entitled “From blinkered […]

SOUTH KOREA: Human Rights in 2011 – Systematic setup to restrict rights vs. systematic failure to protect rights

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 the AHRC is publishing the annual report on the State of Human Rights in South Korea in 2011. The full report is available […]

BANGLADESH: State appears bankrupt in protecting rights

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 International Human Rights Day is going to be ‘observed’ in Bangladesh amidst numerous victims facing gross abuses of human rights without an access to legal remedies from the existing criminal justice system. On the eve […]

INDIA: Human rights a utopia without justice

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 The state of human rights in a country is directly proportional to the extent of justice achieved in that jurisdiction. Justice is not a physically quantifiable concept. It is “truth in action” as held by […]

PAKISTAN: The government dodges the international community on civil and political rights

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 The full report is available for download at http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/hrreport/2011/AHRC-SPR-008-2011/view. The state has become dysfunctional in providing basic human rights to the people. Though the parliament exists it either cannot assert its constitutional duties or does not […]

NEPAL: Commitments to accountability and justice continue to be jeopardized in 2011

Statement | Nepal | 07-12-2011

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 On the occasion of the 63rd Human Rights Day, the Asian Human Rights Commission is releasing its annual report on the state of human rights protection in Nepal through 2011. The report is available here. Given […]

INDONESIA: Human Rights in 2011 – The Decay of Pancasila and Constitutional Protections

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011 the AHRC publishes its annual report on the State of Human Rights in Indonesia in 2011. The full report will be made available […]

BURMA: Prosecute soldiers who trade in children

The Asian Human Rights Commission recently received from human rights defenders in Burma detailed documentation on the cases of five children, four boys and one girl, whom a trafficker in July 2011 sold to the army. According to the information, the trafficker with various false promises of getting the children legitimate jobs and education took […]

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 […]

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 […]

PAKISTAN: Statement of concern on the detention of refugees and asylum seekers of Pakistani origin in Thailand

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following statement from 26 Human Rights Organisations. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   AHRC-FST-101-2010 December 22, 2010 A Statement from 26 Human Rights Organisations forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission   PAKISTAN: Statement of concern on the detention of refugees […]

PAKISTAN: Flood unleashes wave of human trafficking

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from Nicholas Trainer published in The Epoch Times. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- An article from Epoch Times forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Article by Nicholas Trainor Flooding in Pakistan has already created a humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions, but […]

INDIA: Retrafficking of a twelve-year-old girl with the aid of local police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Guria, a local human rights organisation based in Uttar Pradesh, regarding the alleged kidnapping and physical harassment for the purposes of human trafficking, of a twelve-year-old girl in Varanasi. After failing to take immediate action, the police eventually recovered the girl. Further, abuse […]

UPDATE (India): Human rights defender assaulted for pursuing a case

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received additional information concerning the case of Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, a human rights defender working against human trafficking in India. We have been informed that on May 27 Kharbhih, while on her way to the court for the hearing of her case, was stopped, threatened and […]

INDIA: Human rights activists facing threats in Shillong, Meghalaya state

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Impulse NGO Network, a human rights organisation based in Shillong, Meghalaya, that one of its staff member is been continuously harassed by persons engaged in human trafficking. It is reported that the persons threatening the staff member of Impulse NGO Network could be […]

INDIA: Child prostitution beside police outpost in Allahabad

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Guria, a local human rights organisation working against women trafficking in Uttar Pradesh, regarding the case of child prostitution beside a police outpost in Allahabad. It is reported that under the jurisdiction of Kotwali Police Outpost, Meerganj red-light area of Allahabad, minors are […]

INDIA: A girl kidnapped and forced into prostitution for two years but police do nothing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed by Guria, a local human rights organisation based in Varanasi, India that a female minor, Maya, was kidnapped and sold by human traffickers.  The girl was sold to the owner of a brothel, held captive, raped, forced to become a prostitute, and tortured with […]

INDIA: Fifteen-year-old girl abducted and sold while police did nothing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Guria, a local human rights organisation in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh that a 15-year-old girl was abducted by human traffickers, and sold for sexual exploitation.  In the absence of any police assistance or investigation, the father of the child contacted Guria to rescue his […]