Impunity

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Four police officers, including a Sub Inspector of Police, arrested over the murder of Lalantha Fernando

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that four police officers, including a Sub Inspector of Police, have been arrested regarding the murder of Lalantha Fernando. (To see full details of this case please refer to UA-191-2005). Lalantha Fernando was abducted from his house on 10 October 2005 and brutally assaulted […]

UPDATE (India): Custodial death of a 28-year-old man in Kerala

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that three police officers responsible for the custody and murder of a 28-year-old man, Mr. Udayakumar, was arrested and later released on bail by an order of the local magistrate. The AHRC is informed that the police officers who were arrested were detained in […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Final special call for observers to attend court hearings over missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: THAILAND: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: THAILAND: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears […]

UPDATE (Saudi Arabia/Sri Lanka): Renewed plea for commuting the death sentence of Sri Lankan men to the new King of Saudi Arabia

[RE: UP-43-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Questions remain in Sri Lanka’s willingness to save three of its citizens; UP-39-2005: Three Sri Lankans face imminent execution in Saudi Arabia; UP-38-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Please send a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia urging his intervention to commute the death sentence of three Sri Lankans; UP-34-2005: Death […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Investigation finds that man abducted and tortured but “not by the police”

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that provincial authorities have investigated allegations that Mr Urai Srineh was abducted and brutally tortured by the police on 24-25 May 2005 in connection with the murder of six migrant workers (UA-105-2005), and found that while the incident reportedly occurred, the police were not […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Defamation case dropped but police insist on “5 bullet suicide”

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that five Thai police officers have dropped defamation complaints against a senior forensic scientist and government bureaucrat over comments that an apparent extrajudicial killing could not be a suicide as claimed by the police. However, the AHRC has also learnt that the police have […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Police’s deliberate inaction in a labour case is in violation of court orders

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding 73 workers from the Orex Factory in Ekala, Jaela, Sri Lanka, who were unlawfully dismissed after the owner arbitrarily closed down the factory in 2002. The AHRC previously reported that the owner, Mohamed Mohamed Izzath deprived his workers of the Employees Trust […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Fifth special call for observers to attend court hearings over missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: THAILAND: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: THAILAND: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Grave concern about change of principal judge in case of missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears of torture; […]

UPDATE (Burma): Latest news on jailing of human rights defender Ma Su Su Nwe

[RE: UA-112-2004: BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished issued on 3 September 2004; UP-11-2005: BURMA: Four officials sentenced to prison for forced labour in Kawmhu Township, Yangon Division; UP-63-2005: BURMA: Local officials seek revenge against villager who obtained first successful forced labour prosecution; UP-68-2005: BURMA: Preliminary hearing against villager who obtained first […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Fourth special call for observers to attend court hearings over missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: THAILAND: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: THAILAND: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Third special call for observers to attend court hearings over missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: THAILAND: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: THAILAND: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Second special call for observers to attend court hearings over missing human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit

[RE: FA-06-2004: THAILAND: A human rights lawyer Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit missing… UP-20-2005: THAILAND: Human rights lawyer still missing after nearly one year; Action needed today to have case transferred; UP-24-2005: THAILAND: Thai minister refuses to act on missing human rights lawyer case; UP-37-2005: Thai PM orders action on missing human rights lawyer, while court hears […]

INDIA: Human rights defender physically assaulted, threatened and detained by government officials

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information through its local partner MASUM in West Bengal that Mr. Gopen Sharma, a human rights activist was illegally detained, threatened and assaulted by the officers at the Block Development Office in Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal. Mr. Sharma was, at the time of the […]

UPDATE (India): No compensation to family of adivasi, murdered by forest official, despite a four year wait

[Re: UA- 50 -2005: INDIA: Three and a half year wait for justice for the brutal murder of an Adivasi (tribal person) by a forest official in Gujarat] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the case of Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava (30), an adivasi who was murdered by an Indian […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Alleged torturer appears as prosecution witness in criminal case against victim in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Court while Thai government delegation to UN Human Rights Committee declares that the accused have been investigated

[RE: UP-10-2005: THAILAND: Updated information on the torture of the four men by the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya police, UP-04-2005: THAILAND: Repeated torture at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Police Station; UA-170-2004: Anther case of torture to obtain confession at Ayutthaya Police Station, UP-75-2004: Demand immediate criminal action against police torturers, UP-71-2004: More serious allegations of […]

SRI LANKA: Defamation and intimidation of five teachers remains uninvestigated by the police and the Ministry of Education

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information about the inaction of the police and the Ministry of Education in regards to the defamation and threatening of five school teachers by the principle of Kingswood College, Kandy. The teachers had been targeted by the principle after giving testimony against him before a Presidential […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Inquiry into the torture of Bernard Janapriya and charges laid against the perpetrators are insufficient

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the torture of Bernard Janapriyana (See further: UA-63-2005). In a letter to the AHRC dated 25 May 2005, Inspector General of the Police (IGP) Chandra Fernando informed the AHRC that an inquiry had been conducted by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Southern Range […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Mt. Lavinia police’s apparent inaction to arrest/prosecute those responsible for the death of a torture victim, Mr. M. Ranson Peiris

Dear friends, The AHRC has received information that Mt. Lavinia police, who is in charge of the investigation into the death of Mr. M. Ranson Peiris is purposely evading being present at the non-summary inquiry being held at the Moratuwa Magistrate Court (Case No. 67417NS/2004). They have already been absent in court inquiry five times in last […]

NEPAL: UN Secretary General’s statement a vital opportunity to end the misery of Nepalese People

Statement | Nepal | 24-12-2004

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) shares the concerns expressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations in his statement on the human rights situation in Nepal. Time and again the AHRC has stressed that regional governments such as India, international governments and bodies such as European Union, national political parties and the King […]