Land rights

INDONESIA: Seko Indigenous People victims of torture, ill-treatment and land grabbing

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the torture and ill-treatment of Seko indigenous people in North Luwuk, South Sulawesi province. The North Luwuk police favored the Seko Power Prima Company (PT. Seko Power Prima). They arrested, detained and forced the local people to accept the company’s plan to develop […]

PAKISTAN: Crops and forests in Mohmand Agency destroyed to combat terrorism

The security establishment has found a new way to control terrorism. They stop people in the northern parts of the country, bordering Afghanistan, from growing maize and abandoning trees. In their view, the best way to control terrorism is to impoverish the affected population by plundering their sources of livelihood. This theory was applied in […]

INDONESIA: Judges sentenced four farmers and a Priest who illegally reclaimed land occupied by Bangun Nusa Indah Lampung Company (PT. BNIL)

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information provided by Bandar Lampung Legal Aid (LBH Bandar Lampung). It is regarding an unfair trial and a fabricated case faced by the Tulang Bawang farmers and a Priest, Father Sugianto who defended and spent time in solidarity with the farmers. So far, there […]

PAKISTAN: China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)–Havoc for the Sindhi people

by Lakhumal Lohano There are numerous dimensions to CPEC, economic, geo-political and geo-strategic, environmental, sustainability, human rights, and regional and global security and peace. However, I will focus on its implication for the Sindhi people and why we oppose it. According to information available in the public domain, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) comprises thousands […]

INDIA: At least 600 farmers’ suicides as Supreme Court waits for a national policy

Article | India | 03-03-2017

by Avinash Pandey The Supreme Court of India is worried about the continuing havoc of farmer suicides in India. It termed it “a sensitive matter of larger public interest and human rights which covers the entire country” this January. The Court has also wondered why there is no national policy to compensate farmers in cases of crop failure and […]

WORLD: Pope Francis’s support of indigenous people most welcome

Statement | World | 23-02-2017

The Asian Human Rights Commission welcomes Pope Francis’ unequivocal support for the indigenous peoples’ rights of land and livelihood. It notes that this can go a long way for tenure rights of global indigenous populations while ensuring their food security. It can also surface possible solutions to conflicts arising out of increasing encroachments and forced acquisitions of land for […]

ASIA: Cannot remove hunger without functioning public institutions

Statement | Asia | 09-12-2016

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day The year 2016 has proved to be a difficult year in terms of food and livelihood security for the poor and marginalized communities across Asia. There have even been reverses in food security of the people in countries like Sri […]

INDONESIA: Three Sukamulya villagers released on bail; many still suffer trauma

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information provided by the Land Reform Commission (KPA), a national NGO documenting land conflicts,regarding the current legal status of three residents of Sukamulya Village, Kertajati Sub-district, Majalengka Regent, West Java Province. They were detained on17 November 2016 and have finally just been granted bail. […]

INDIA: Maoist insurgency and State response, a zero-sum game

Statement | India | 05-12-2016

The Maoist movement in India, which allegedly claims it will uproot the Indian State by an armed insurrection, has brought organised and armed violence to the remotest countryside in higher number and intensity. The ongoing conflict has brought the State and Maoist firepower into the daily lives of some of the most marginalised of the […]

INDIA: Paddy crop failure hits Nuapada farmers hard

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Krushak Shakti Sangthan (KSS) about paddy crop failure having hit farmers hard in Nuapada district of Odisha. KSS has also informed the AHRC that most of the farmers had incurred loans for growing crops and the crop failure has thus exposed them to […]

INDONESIA: Sukamulya villagers fight for their land but face attacks and criminalization

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from national human rights organizations regarding forced evictions and police brutality. These actions have been taken against residents of Sukamulya village, Kertajati sub-district, Majalengka regent, West Java province. Local government supported by the police forcibly evicted residents of Sukamulya village. This village is the […]

INDONESIA: Local farmers arrested and prosecuted after reclaiming their land

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a prominent human rights NGO, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS), Surabaya branch office. It is regarding the arbitrary arrest of 40 farmers and two university students by police officers of the Blitar police resort (Polres Blitar). All of […]

INDIA: Police kill 4 citizens protesting land acquisition on CM’s watch

Statement | India | 03-10-2016

The Police firing, killing 4 citizens, including a minor, in Dadikala Village of Barkagaon Block in Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand, has not come out of the blue. The state authorities were well aware of the popular anger against forced acquisition of villagers’ lands for a coal mine project of the NTPC Limited (NTPC), a public […]

INDIA: Another starvation death at Dumchipara Tea Garden

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM about yet another starvation death in Dumchipara Tea Garden owned by Duncans group. The tea plantation has been shut down for a while now and this has exposed workers to hunger and starvation. The AHRC demands immediate intervention and urges the authorities […]

PHILIPPINES: Private security guards harass indigenous Lumads for land

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned about the harassment of the members of the TINDOGA (Tribal Indigenous Oppressed Group Association), a Lumad organization, by private security guards belonging to Pablo Lorenzo. Lorenzo is claiming the ancestral land of the Lumads. CASE DETAILS: (Based on the documentation by the Katungod Lumad […]

BANGLADESH: Police attack, torture, and kill villagers to facilitate land grab

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Bangladesh Police have opened fire and thrown sound grenades and tear gas at protestors of Gondamara Village, in Banshkhali Upazilla of Chittagong, on 16 May 2016. During the operation, the police arrested Mr. Dudu Mian (70), father to Mr. Liakat Ali, Convenor […]

INDIA: Watered Down Verdicts Will Make Drought Drama Recur

Article | India | 18-05-2016

The Supreme Court’s rap to the Union and to various state governments for their apathy to drought victims is welcome. But, it is akin to a few drops sprinkled onto a parched desert under the oversight of unconscious executive governance. The verdict in the writ petition, filed by Swaraj Abhiyan on 11 May 2016 (Swaraj Abhiyan v. Union […]

PAKISTAN: Aerial and land operations in Balochistan, for boycotting military sponsored elections

April 24, was the frightening Sunday for the poor families including shepherds and daily wage earners of different parts of the Baluchistan in a drive to punish Baloch folks for boycotting by-elections conducted under the supervision of military to get the candidate from ruling party to win. The separatist and nationalist groups claim that the […]

PAKISTAN: Demanding land rights is not terrorism

An article from Kissan Committee forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission By Farooq Tariq A massive repression of the peaceful peasant movement, the Anjuman Mozareen Punjab (AMP), is underway. Most of its leadership has been arrested under false anti-terrorist laws. Dozens of members are missing, while over 50 remain behind bars. All have been […]

INDONESIA: Land rights activists attacked and killed for protesting illegal sand mining

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the killing of environmental activist, Mr. Salim (known as Salim Kancil) and the attack on Mr. Tosan in Selok Awar-Awar Village, Lumajang Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia. The two activists were attacked by thugs who were ordered and supported by the Head of […]