Indigenous people

INDIA: Nutrition and TB: An Essential but Ignored relationship

Article | India | 30-09-2015

Prashant Kumar Dubey Nutrition and TB are two entities which need to be considered together, not separately. It is unfortunate that our country has not taken any initiative in this area resulting in a disregard for this relationship. If we really want to overcome TB, we need to talk through a package system similar to […]

PHILIPPINES: Stop the killing of lumads in Mindanao! Let justice and peace reign!

A Statement from Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (HKCAHRPP) forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission As human rights and peace advocates in Hong Kong, we are outraged by the spate of killings perpetrated against the lumads (indigenous people) in Mindanao, Southern Philippines. The heightened militarisation […]

PAKISTAN: Executions cross 200

The number of hangings in Pakistan has already crossed the 200 mark in 2015, and there are still about four months left in the year. If killing human beings were a race, Pakistan is winning hands down. And still there is room for improvement. An estimated 8,000 people, the largest in the world, are on […]

INDONESIA: Where do you stand on Munir Mr. President?

Mr. Joko Widodo  President of the Republic of Indonesia Jl. Veteran No. 16, Jakarta Pusat, INDONESIA Tel: +62 21 3458 595 Fax: +62 21 3484 4759 E-mail: webmaster@setneg.go.id Dear President Widodo: On 7 September 2004, the Intelligence Agency (BIN) killed prominent Indonesian human rights defender, Mr. Munir Said Thalib, onboard a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta […]

INDIA: Massive displacement and loss of livelihood in wake of Mapithel Dam construction

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, regarding the displacement and injustice faced by villagers affected by the Mapithel Dam construction. For more information, please contact: Jiten Yumnam Secretary, Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur Sega Road, Hodam Leirak Imphal Manipur […]

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 83

This Week’s Roundup begins in Indonesia, where, despite a murderous attack by the police and military against indigenous Papuans in Paniai Regency, the National Commission on Human Rights has yet to conduct an investigation, as it claims have insufficient funds. Since then, the Independent Student Forum has managed to collect IDR 608,000 so that Commission […]

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 82

This Week’s Roundup begins in the Indian state of Kerala where AHRC follows up on the unique police modernisation process underway. Featured in the programme is footage of Member of the State Legislative Assembly V.T. Balram, debating this critical reform process in the Kerala Legislative Assembly. The programme then revisits events in China where more […]

INDONESIA: The police and military attack and kill 5 teenagers, injure 17 others, in Papua

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding allegations of gross violation of human rights, which has resulted in five students being killed and 17 others getting injured in Paniai Regency, Papua Province, Indonesia. Up until now, the law enforcement agency and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) have […]

PHILIPPINES: Community schools for indigenous children being shut down by Department of Education in Caraga region

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern about the endorsement by the Department of Education Region XI to shut down at least 24 accredited community schools, which will affect 2,896 Lumad children. Furthermore, concern is also being expressed at the decision to allow military personnel to operate as para-teachers in […]

PHILIPPINES: Fabricated charges laid on indigenous human rights defender and his siblings

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with great concern about the fabricated charges laid on Jomorito Goaynon and his seven siblings. The charges are based on a complaint filed by the wife of Dorlito dela Mance, who was killed by members of a rebel group in March 2015. This is the second […]

PHILIPPINES: No protection given to indigenous man fighting for land rights who survived two attempts on his life

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the lack of protection provided to an indigenous man struggling for his land rights, who survived two attempts on his life. The victim has been targeted by the security guards of a landlord because of his refusal to vacate from his ancestral land. The […]

PHILIPPINES: An indigenous leader who opposed mining disappeared

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is greatly concerned about the disappearance of an indigenous leader in Sultan Kudarat. The victim and his group were opposed to the operation of logging and mining by big corporations in their communities. He was last seen alive with security guards of the mining firm he was opposing.  CASE […]

INDIA: Violence is no means to resolve conflict in Manipur

Amidst claims and counter claims related to the recent militant attack on the Indian Army, as well as a retaliatory strike against militant groups by the Indian Army, lives have been lost in Manipur. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the use of force with impunity by state and non-state actors in Manipur that […]

INDIA: Assam Rifle officers assault and shoot upon villagers; one woman killed

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you of yet another killing of a woman in Manipur by the 20th Battalion of Assam Rifles posted in Pallel. The woman received a bullet injury as officers fired indiscriminately without warning towards a group of villagers, who were approaching to identify a masked man […]

INDIA: Filling of the Mapithel Dam Reservoir threatens massive displacement in Manipur

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Mapithel Dam Affected Villages Organization, Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, and the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, regarding the imminent threat of displacement and livelihood insecurity faced by those affected by the Mapithel Dam. The AHRC has learnt that the […]

INDIA: Stop forced land acquisition in Yaithibi Loukon.

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Affected Land Owners’Association against Forced Land Acquisition for Sports University and the Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur, regarding the forced acquisition of prime agricultural land despite protests from farmers and residents. The proposed acquisition to set up the National Sports University […]

INDONESIA: Indigenous Papuans charged with treason

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding five indigenous Papuans charged with treason.  They were arrested and detained after attending a meeting at the invitation of the Minister of Defense, Retired General Ryamizard Ryacudu. It was sponsored by the military of the province [Kodam Cenderawasih], the Papuan Regional Intelligence Office […]

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 68

In this week’s Roundup, AHRC TV reveals bizarre behaviour of members of legislative assemblies in some states in India. We then provide expert views, on the upcoming World Health Day, from Right Livelihood Award Laureates Vandana Shiva and international non-profit organisation GRAIN, talking about how they view the “false miracles” of Golden Rice. Next, AHRC TV […]

INDIA: Tribal leader targeted for resisting eviction from tiger reserve

A Press Release from Survival International forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) A tribal leader in one of India’s tiger reserves is fearing for his safety after a wildlife official urged his community to beat him and drive him out for defending their right to remain on their land. Telenga Hassa, a Munda […]

INDIA: Sacrificing tribal people at the altar of development

Statement | India | 20-03-2015

Development means different things to different people; for tribal people, however, it means just one thing: getting displaced. Those designated as scheduled tribes under the Indian Constitution have suffered the curse for way too long to think otherwise. They constitute just eight percent of country’s population but almost 50 percent of the total number of […]