UPDATE (Thailand): Case of the killing of a migrant worker dragged on by apparent delay of trial; Public prosecutor must speed up the case

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission is seriously concerned by the apparent delay of a trial of Ma Suu, a Burmese migrant worker who died after being beaten and set on fire by her employers, Suchart and Yuwadee Akkavibul in July 2002. The accused Thai airforce officer and his wife had escaped justice for […]

INDIA: Police inaction provides ample opportunity for criminals to walk free

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a human rights organization in West Bengal, that Mr. Anal Abedin, a reporter of Anandabazar Patrika [leading newspaper in West Bengal] was  attacked by 30 armed men led by an ex-chairman of Berhampore Municipality, Mr. Akbar Kabir alias Babul Kabir at his residence on […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Demand immediate criminal action against police torturers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is seriously concerned that some key perpetrators of recent cases of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment in Thailand remain at large, despite disciplinary action having been taken against some of the officers involved. The officers of particular concern are: 1. Police Major Kriangsak Tipjol, formerly of Lumpini […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Human Rights Commission of Sri Lnaka decided to transfer the Kandy coordinator

Torture of 17-year-old boy on 11 August 2003; UP-31-2003: Update on torture of 17-year-old boy, Chamila Bandara, by Ankumbura police on 20 August 2003; UP-38-2003: The security of the torture victim and his mother is severely threatened by the perpetrators on 25 September 2003; UP-39-2004: No action by the Attorney General to prosecute the torture […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Case of Chamila Bandara; the issue of the Kandy Coordinator and the rights of the people in Kandy for human rights protection

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) refers you back to the case of Chamila Bandara, a young boy who suffered from serious injuries due to being hung and beaten at the Ankumbura Police Station from 20 to 28 July 2003. After the failed attempt by the Kandy Coordinator of the Human Rights Commission […]

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara of Samanalaweva Police Post in Balangoda on 26 August 2004. Due to brutal torture, the victim still suffers from severe pain on his […]

BURMA: Attempt at stopping police abuse ends in jail term

SUMMARY The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learnt from the Burma Lawyers’ Council and Yoma 3 information service (Thailand) that a young man has been sentenced to two years jail in Burma for having attempted to stop a police officer from assaulting a homeless woman. The man, Kyaw Min Htun, was sentenced to two […]

THAILAND: Transparency in trial of the killers of a migrant worker demanded

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned that a Thai army officer, his wife and another person accused of brutally murdering a Burmese migrant worker have escaped justice for two years, apparently because of the officer’s influence and position of authority. The victim, Ma Suu (18), sustained fatal injuries in July […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Priyankara brutally assaulted and arrested with no access to lawyers

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is seeking your urgent intervention regarding torture victim, J.V. Saman Priyankara, who was arrested at his house by ten police officers on 7 July 2004. Due to the brutal assault by the police officers, Priyankara seems to have partially lost his hearing. Although higher authorities in the […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Police pressure the torture victim to withdraw case by threatening his family

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned at the death threats to the family of torture victim Koralaliyanage Palitha Tissa Kumara. According to the information received, Tissa Kumara received a message through a third party that his wife and their child will be crushed to death by a vehicle if his […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband on the pretext of honour killing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 30-year-old woman named Ms. Hidayat was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr. Momin Ali Mahar in Dal village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Town, Shikarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan on 29 February 2004. The case was registered at the Chak Police Station. However, a human […]

SRI LANKA: Torture and Inhuman Assault of three young men by the Bagawantalawa police

Dear Friends Inhuman Assault by the Bagawantalawa police of three young men The victims are; Name : Ramaiya Dhanapala Singham Age : 23 years Civil status : married with one child Address : Chapelton Estate, T.V. Division Bagawantalawa Employment : estate worker in Chapelton Name : Ramaiya Saravanaraj Age : 26 years Civil status : […]

INDIA: Torture, death in police custody, impunity

Dear Friends Please take action on the information below, forwarded from the organisation People’s Watch-Tamilnadu, which is a human rights organisation working for the protection and promotion of human rights in the state of Tamilnadu, India. People’s Watch-Tamilnadu have been taking action on behalf of the citizens of Tamilnadu and elsewhere regarding blatant violations of human […]

INDIA: Torture, sexual abuse and humiliation carried out by Police officers in Vittukatti, India

Dear Friends Please act on the information below, forwarded from OMCT, and write to the authorities in India, urging them to investigate, and take action against, those members of the Police in Vittukatti who carried out the inhuman acts of humiliation, sexual abuse, and torture. Case IND 040703 Arbitrary detention/Torture/Impunity The International Secretariat of OMCT […]

THAILAND: Extrajudicial killing, impunity

SUMMARY Since February 1, hundreds of alleged drug dealers have been killed in Thailand’s latest \”war on drugs\”, launched by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. While addressing the drug problem in Thailand is a serious matter, the current government is in effect encouraging the police to sidestep judicial procedure and simply execute alleged offenders. This also […]

INDONESIA: Attorney General’s Office Providing a ‘Fountain of Impunity’

INDONESIA: Attorney General’s Office Providing a ‘Fountain of Impunity’  Weeks after Indonesia’s ad hoc human rights court handed down a \”not guilty\” verdict to six officials suspected of aiding a slaughter in the Ave Maria Church in Suai, East Timor, the attorney general of Indonesia has finally turned his extreme embarrassment into action. Attorney General […]

INDONESIA: Sign petition for attorney general to bring justice to May 1998 riot victims

Sign petition for attorney general to bring justice to May 1998 riot victims INDONESIA: Denial of right to adequate remedy for victims of systematic gross human rights violations ——————————————————- The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has prepared an online petition to call on the attorney general of Indonesia to finally act to deliver justice to […]

SRI LANKA: Urgent medical help needed for torture victim

Urgent medical help needed for torture victim  SRI LANKA – Torture by police, impunity, denial of proper rehabilitation  ——————————————————————–  Latest update available: Court orders Release Of Lalith Rajapakse  A young torture victim from a poor family is fighting for his life in Sri Lanka. We are asking you to write today to the Sri Lankan authorities […]

INDIA: 10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun

10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun INDIA – Impunity for murder ——————————————————————– There is an astounding case regarding a decade of justice denied in Kerala state of India. The 21 year-old body of Sr. Abhaya was found at the bottom of a Convent well in 1992. The Church authorities claimed that […]

UPDATE (INDONESIA): NGOs condemn latest attack on human rights defenders at Komnas HAM

(RE: UA-11-2002: Attacks on human rights defenders, destruction of property, public use of weapons with impunity)  UPDATE (INDONESIA): Further attacks on human rights defenders, public threats made with impunity  ———————————————————————-  Dear Friends  We are including here a joint statement by 48 Indonesian NGOs in response to another attack by the FBR (Betawi Brotherhood Forum) on […]