Indigenous people

SRI LANKA: New Year Wish List – 2011

We hope that wishing for a happy new year in Sri Lanka is not just mere wishful thinking. We wish: 1. That Rizana Nafeek, facing a death sentence in Saudi Arabia, will be released as soon as possible. This wish can become true only if the Sri Lankan government makes all the diplomatic efforts to […]

INDONESIA: Impunity for soldiers accused of torturing an indigenous Papuan

Dear friends, An Indigenous Papuan man, Tuanliwor Kiwo was arbitrarily detained and tortured in May 2010 by the Indonesian military. Mr. Kiwo survived by escaping two days after being detained. Despite the significant international attention that the case received after a video of the torture was published by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in October 2010, […]

INDONESIA: Secret Files Show Kopassus Targets Papuan Churches, Civilians

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from investigative journalist Allan Nairn regarding a secret Indonesian military report planning intelligence operations against civilians in Papua. The military has responded by justifying this approach. For more information please visit www.allannairn.com. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- (Jakarta, November 9, 2010) Secret […]

ASIA: Attacks on several human rights websites after release of Indonesian torture video

Since October 28, 2010, the Asian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) website has been subjected to a concerted “cyber-attack” in which computers with hidden locations and identities have been used to flood the website’s servers with fake requests, in order to overload it. This has resulted in visitors not being able to access the website’s content […]

INDONESIA: Video of the military torturing indigenous Papuans surfaced

(Hong Kong, October 17, 2010) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received video footage from sources in West Papua, who must remain anonymous for security reasons, showing the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military (TNI). The full video can be viewed here. The AHRC has chosen to remove some of the scenes showing […]

PAKISTAN: International Community must uphold human values and right of self determination of Kashmiri people

A Press Release from Mr. Abbas Butt Chairman, Kashmir National Party forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) (September 9, 2010) Kashmir National Party leaders Abbas Butt and Dr Shabir Choudhry had a detailed meeting with senior officials responsible for issues related to Kashmir and South Asia at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in […]

PHILIPPINES: Five months on, no charges filed against soldiers who tortured indigenous villagers

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that charges have not yet been filed in court against soldiers involved in illegally arresting, detaining, torturing and threatening to kill five indigenous tribe members over a number of days. On December 1, 2009 the victims, one of them a minor, were arrested […]

SRI LANKA: Mahiyangane police arbitrarily arrest an indigenous man after allowing him to be beaten by a priest

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that Mahiyangane police officers witnessed the severe beating of a man by a priest and refused to intervene. The act constitutes torture under international law. The victim was then arrested with scant evidence of his crime and his allegations of torture were not addressed by […]

INDONESIA: No investigations have been started into the torture of an indigenous Papuan, detained in a case of mistaken identity

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission has been informed that an indigenous Papuan was illegally arrested, detained and tortured in July after he was taken into custody by the airport security unit of the police in Wamena town. During his assault he was ordered to confess to the killing of five Javanese Indonesians, however […]

PHILIPPINES: Police violate procedure to benefit from the surrender of a rebel

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to report that various police units have squabbled over the custody of a rebel in front of a judge in open court and violated various other procedures, suggesting an interest in securing a bounty and other rewards. Police deceived the rebel’s indigenous village elders by falsely […]

BANGLADESH: Rights groups urged the government to probe human rights abuses and reform institutions

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following statement from the Universal Periodic Review Forum of Bangladesh, a coalition of 17 human rights, women’s rights, labour and indigenous people’s rights NGOs from Bangladesh. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- A Statement from the Universal Periodic Review Forum of Bangladesh, a coalition of […]

INDONESIA: Torture and maltreatment of political prisoners in Papua

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that we have received information of detainees being tortured and ill-treated by prison officials in Abepura Prison, Papua province, Indonesia. According to the information received seven persons were tortured from February 1, until February 5, 2009. They were reportedly beaten and put in […]

INDONESIA: Rights activist Buktar Tabuni arrested after peaceful protests

[NOTICE: The AHRC encourages you to send your appeal letters via fax or post to them. Fax numbers and postal addresses of the Indonesian authorities are attached below with this appeal. You may reproduce with reference in part or in full the content of this urgent appeal including photos. Thank you.] Dear friends,   The […]

CAMBODIA: Police allegedly extort bribes in arrest in Rattanakiri province

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that the police allegedly ordered parents to pay a bribe of 150000 riels (US$37.5) each if their sons were not to be arrested after these youths had damaged a party sign in Soeung commune, Bor Keo district, Rattankiri province. On 2 July 2008, they arrested […]

CAMBODIA: Police pressurise officer to relinquish his rights in a land dispute in Rattanakiri province

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that the police in Rattanakiri province have applied disciplinary measures to pressurize one of its officers named Sven Vev to stop joining a collective action against the grabbing of his indigenous community’s land and forests in Tapang village, Lumpat district in that province. Sven fears […]

INDONESIA: About 300 families of indigenous villagers threatened to be forcibly evicted by the government in West Sumatera

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that around 300 families of indigenous villagers occupying a land since 1918 in Lima Puluh Kota Municipality, West Sumatera, had been threatened with forcible eviction by the government. The villagers had been evicted twice before but were forced to return having no other means […]

CAMBODIA: Forced eviction of 229 families in Sihanoukville

[NOTICE: The AHRC have developed a new automatic letter-sending system using the “button” below. However, in this appeal, we could not include e-mail addresses of some of the Cambodian authorities. We encourage you to send your appeal letters via fax or post to those people. Fax numbers and postal addresses of the Cambodian authorities are […]

GENERAL APPEAL (Cambodia): Police disperse people’s march protesting against land grabbing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a group of indigenous people peacefully marching to protest against land grabbing in the northeastern province of Rattanakiri were dispersed on 19 December 2007. The police used water cannons and briefly took one of the organisers into their custody. This is the […]

PHILIPPINES: Delays in prosecution causes prolonged detention of two farmers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the prolonged detention of two farmers in Davao Oriental province, the Philippines. Both of them have been detained for almost three years without any progress in their case because the prosecution witnesses failed to appear in court on six occasions. One of […]

UPDATE (Cambodia): Alleged threats by Ratanakiri governor on human rights defenders working for indigenous people’s land rights

[NOTICE: The AHRC have developed a new automatic letter-sending system using the “button” below. However, in this appeal, we could not include e-mail addresses of many of the Cambodian authorities. We encourage you to send your appeal letters via fax or post to those people. Fax numbers and postal addresses of the Cambodian authorities are attached below with […]