Land rights

BURMA/MYANMAR: Farmers face prison sentences for trespassing and move to remote prisons

President of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, announced that the government cannot give back over 30,000 acres of paddy land that the state has been using since it was confiscated by the army two decades ago. On the one hand the President ordered state and regional governments and land management committee to cooperate with members of […]

NEPAL: दलित शिक्षा : नयाँ संभावनाको खोजी

Article | Nepal | 04-07-2014

 by Dr. Bidyanath Koirala हेराइ र बुझाइ बस्तु हेरेर दृष्टिकोण बन्छ ।  भौतिकवादी त्यसै भन्छौ । दृष्टिकोण बदले बस्तु बेग्लै बुझिन्छ ।  मनोवादी त्यसै भन्छौ ।  बस्तु र दृष्टिकोणहरुबीच अन्तरक्रिया गरे एकल बस्तुको बहुरुप बुझछौं ।  एक नै वहु हो र वहु नै एक हौँ भन्ने (पभलभतजभष्कतक) त्यसै भन्छाँै ।  दलितलाई बुझनेहरु पनि यही कोटीमा […]

BURMA: Army prosecutes farmers for trespassing on their own land

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has obtained information that farmers in the Delta region of Burma are being prosecuted by the Burmese army. The army has accused them of trespassing on paddy land, which originally belonged to the farmers but was confiscated by army captains at gunpoint. The farmers face trial in […]

THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders lives under threat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that threats against human rights defenders in the Khon Rak Ban Koed Group working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei Province in Thailand are facing grave threats against their lives. CASE NARRATIVE: As we described in our original appeal […]

THAILAND: Villagers and rights defenders at imminent risk of violence

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that threats against human rights defenders in the Khon Rak Ban Koen Group working to protect their communities from the negative effects of mining in Loei Province in Thailand are again at imminent risk of violence, under the cover of the military takeover of the […]

INDIA: Four dalit girls raped in Haryana, state and privileged communities try to silence the victims

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning the kidnapping and rape of four dalit girls in the north Indian state of Haryana. The crime was committed to force dalits from exercising their legitimate right to equal treatment with dignity, and the local village headman is alleged to be one of […]

PHILIPPINES: Arrest of four poor urban leaders who were negotiating the postponement of a demolition of 21 homes

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the arrest of four poor urban leaders. They were negotiating on-site for the postponement of a demolition of informal settlers in Muntinlupa City. The victims were invoking an agreement reached with the local and national government giving them time to relocate. However, […]

PHILIPPINES: Five peasant leaders were arrested for unknown reasons in Central Luzon

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that five farmers, all members of the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA), were arrested by the local police while resting in their farm hut. They were given any reason for their arrest which was ordered by the Department of […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Farmers falsely accused of trespass and destruction of a teak field are prosecuted and imprisoned

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the case of a group of farmers who were accused of trespassing and destroying the teak field of a company, NRDC, in the forest reserve area in which the farmer had been growing their paddy for years. They were prosecuted and locked up in […]

PHILIPPINES: A peasant leader who was defending his land was hurt in a confrontation with thugs

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a peasant leader was hurt after protecting his land from perpetrators that set up markers on disputed land. The disputed land is covered by a notice of land reform coverage dated December 17, 2013 issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). […]

INDIA: Does model code of conduct allow mocking the murders?

Statement | India | 19-03-2014

What should the government do when farmers commit suicide in an extreme response to massive crop failures? Mocking these suicides would certainly not figure as a possible response in any sane mind. But that is exactly what Chief Minister of Maharashtra did when alerted to 22 more farmers ending their lives as noted by the […]

PHILIPPINES: Police used excessive force to demolished homes of informal settlers living in dire conditions by the roadside

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from Defend Job Philippines, a local non-governmental organisation in Manila, regarding the use of excessive force by policemen who demolished the residences of informal settlers on January 27, 2014 along Agham Road in Quezon City. The policemen demolished the houses without […]

INDIA: Government overlooked people’s concerns on Mapithal Dam constructions

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Mapithel Dam Affected Villagers Organization (MDAVO), Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) and Centre for Research and Advocacy (CRAM), Manipur regarding the final stage II Forest Clearance for Mapithel Dam of Thoubal Multipurpose project in Manipur by the Ministry of Environment […]

NEPAL: Construction of drinking water pond must be stopped to save 32 Dalit families from being displaced at Saptari district

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that 32 Dalit families of Barmajhiya village development committee 2 in Saptari district of Nepal are living in fear of forceful displacement due to the ongoing construction of a drinking water pond near their village. These Dalit families have been living in their area […]

INDIA: Middlemen chop the hands of two bonded labourers in Odisha

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received disturbing information from  local media KBK Samachar and CGNET Swara regarding two bonded labourers in Kalahandi district of Odisha who have had their hands chopped by middlemen. The AHRC has learnt that the middlemen illegally confined the labourers for almost a week before the incident. […]

INDIA: Violent Attack, Arbitrary Detention, Death Threats to activists of Meyor Community, Arunachal Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from civil society groups regarding death threats, arbitrary detention and harassment of members of the Meyor community, a group of indigenous people in Arunachal Pradesh. They are being targeted for their activities on conservation of community land and natural resources. The Meyor community with […]

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous people falsely charged, threatened for planting crops on their ancestral land

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the fabrication of charges, death threats and forcible eviction of indigenous people from their ancestral land in Porac, Pampanga. The victims were targeted by two big corporations for demanding that the land, which is rightfully theirs, be given to them. […]

INDIA: Human rights defender Ms Agnes Kharshiing released; struggle for land rights of indigenous people continues

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received communication from Ms. Agnes Kharshiing, President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), regarding her arrest, denial of bail, and subsequent release. She was arrested on 8 November 2013 when the Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA) conducted an eviction drive in the Umsawli area of Shillong […]

INDIA: Immediate release of human rights defender Ms. Agnes Kharshiing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned of the arrest of Ms. Agnes Kharshiing, President of Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), and subsequent rejection of bail by a lower court in Shillong, Meghalaya. On November 9, Ms. Kharshiing was arrested for protesting against the eviction drive underway in Shillong that has left […]

PHILIPPINES: A female land rights activist killed in front of her husband and daughter who remains traumatised

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the murder of a female land rights activist in San Andres, Quezon province. The victim and her family had been demanding the ownership of the land that they cultivate from their landlord. She was shot dead in front of her […]