International human rights mechanisms

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 (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NEPAL: India must prove that it can adhere to the U.N. Charter on Nepal before claiming a role in the Security Council

The immense killing and insecurity tearing Nepal apart are no longer a secret. War-torn Nepalese are fleeing daily to save themselves from atrocities committed by the state security forces and Maoist militia. If no action is taken, Nepal will be plunged into the most horrific humanitarian catastrophe that Asia has perhaps ever seen. Thousands have […]

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 […]

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,┬áMr. 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 […]

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY STATEMENT: Governments Ignore U.N. Human Rights Conventions and Domestic Laws

Dear Friends, On the occasion of International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10), the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a statement entitled “Effective Remedies Are Ineffective in Asia: Governments Ignore U.N. Human Rights Conventions and Domestic Laws.” In the statement, AHRC emphasises that Human Rights Day this year must be an occasion to renew […]

SOUTH KOREA (REPUBLIC OF KOREA): Sign the on line petition to urge the south Korean Government to ratify ICC Bill

One of the most important step towards finding international justice to grave human rights violations and grace crimes has been achieved through the establishment of International Criminal Court (ICC) on the 1 July 2002. NGOs played a key role in brining this court to a reality, lobbying many governments to support it. However, there are very few ratifications from the Asian region thus undermining universal representation in the Assembly of State Parties of ICC.

SRI LANKA: Time to ratify ICC Treaty

Time to ratify ICC Treaty SRI LANKA – Not yet a signatory to International Criminal Court Treaty ——————————————————————– The treaty on the International Criminal Court (ICC) received the required number of ratifications (60) on 11 April at the 9th Session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court (ICC), effectively putting into force the […]

WORLD: Please intervene in the attempt to remove UN Special Procedure mandate holders

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal received from Amnesty International regarding the draft decision by some governments to remove UN Special Procedure mandate holders in the UN Human Rights Council. Please immediately send a letter to your foreign minister to oppose the draft. For further queries, please contact […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Indonesia): Please urge the Government to accede the Rome Statute of the ICC

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal issued by the Indonesian Association of Families of the Disappeared (IKOHI), the national partner of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). Asia remains significantly under represented at the ICC with only 5 States Parties: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and […]

SOUTH KOREA: Rights group calls for special review of NHRCK’s status

Dear friends,   The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the NGO’s Collaborative Action to Put the National Human Rights Commission of Korea in its Place (NHRCK Watch) to the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC). For more information, please contact Ms. Myoungsook, coordinator of the NHRCK […]