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UPDATE (India): Human rights activists in Varanasi facing continuous threat from women traffickers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Guria, a local human rights organisation working on women trafficking in Uttar Pradesh regarding the death threats on human rights defenders associated with Guria. Four unknown persons allegedly engaged in human trafficking in Varanasi threatened to kill the activists associated with Guria. The […]

NEPAL: A torture victim allegedly receives constant threats from the police in Myagdi district

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received from the Advocacy Forum yet another torture case allegedly committed by the Parbat district police officers on 15 July 2008. The victim was arrested due to a petty offence but was subjected to a brutal torture which caused multi-fractures in his left arm. He was […]

UPDATE (India): Border Security Force continues to threaten victims’ families

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is informed by MASUM, a local human rights organisation in West Bengal involving the Border Security Force (BSF) officers stationed in West Bengal. It is reported that the BSF officers who killed two persons in December 2007, are now threatening their family to keep them silent. Despite […]

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 […]

SRI LANKA: Men allegedly with the backing of police threaten petitioners to withdraw case

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that four members of a family received death threat by four men allegedly hired by police on 23 June 2008. It is reported that four men threaten the family members to withdraw the case which is currently pending under the Fundamental Rights jurisdiction at […]

INDIA: Another Dalit murdered by the dominant caste members over the land dispute in Gujarat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Navsarjan, a human rights organisation working on Dalit rights in Gujarat about the forced displacement of a Dalit (formerly known as ‘untouchable’) community as a result of the murder of a Dalit by upper caste persons. In August 2007, nine Rajputs (upper caste) […]

INDIA: A Dalit brutally murdered by the dominant caste members in Gujarat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Navsarjan, a human rights organisation working on Dalit rights in Gujarat about the murder of a Dalit (lower caste untouchable community according to the caste Hindus in India) by upper and dominant caste persons in Kasumbad village, Gujarat. The murder was the culmination […]

SRI LANKA: Protection urgently needed for the family of a rape victim

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the case of the rape of a 17-year-old girl after her abduction allegedly by a politician on 17 December 2007. While the Biyagama police have commenced an investigation into this case they have failed to secure the family’s safety despite the fact that […]

INDIA: Police tortured a man in Kerala

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Nervazhy, a local human rights organisation working in Kerala concerning the case of Binish, a deaf person who was taken into custody by Pattanakadu police on 28 February 2008. It is reported that the police officers who took Binish into custody, tortured him […]

THAILAND: Lives of witnesses at risk if ministry does not reverse decision on protection before February 29

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned that despite calls from human rights defenders and organisations across Asia and around the world, still the justice ministry in Thailand has not reversed its decision to transfer responsibility for protection of witnesses in human rights cases under its control back to the police. […]

SRI LANKA: Witness of murder case allegedly harassed and removed from employment

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the authorities at the Negombo Base Hospital have allegedly harassed a women since she reported a suspicious incident of murder to the Negombo police on 12 November 2007. She was transferred from one place to another, and ultimately removed from her employment. She […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Police continuously fail to protect wife and two daughters of murdered activist facing threat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of the continuing failure by the police, particularly the Task Force Usig (TFU), to promptly afford necessary protection and assistance to the wife and two daughters of murdered activist Jose Manegdeg III. Although they did assure that they would reinvestigate to gather more […]

UPDATE (Philippines): No protection for family of murdered activist facing continuing threats

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you regarding the continuing threats to the family of murdered activist Jose Manegdeg III (a.k.a. Pepe). They are forced to take security measures by themselves due to the lack of protection and assistance by the authorities for nearly two years on. The police investigating […]

UPDATE (Indonesia): Final review appeal begins on Munir’s death

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) had been informed that the final review appeal into the Supreme Court’s ruling acquitting the sole suspect into the death of a prominent human rights activist, Mr. Munir Said Thalib, has began on 16 August 2007. Munir died of arsenic poisoning on a Garuda Indonesia Airways flight […]

PAKISTAN: Two men abducted and their whereabouts still unknown;Police allegedly tortured and threatened family members to withdraw case of abduction

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the abduction of two men by two unidentified persons on 27 July 2007. Police subsequently arrested and tortured a family member to force the family to withdraw their complaint. They even attacked family member’s house. With the lack of investigation into the abduction, […]

SRI LANKA: Man severely tortured by the Badureliya police; Court denies medical examination of torture victim

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the torture, illegal arrest and detention and the fabrication of charges of a 42-year-old man by the police. He was brutally tortured and denied medical treatment. His lawyer informed court about the torture but despite of the threat to his life the Magistrate […]

PHILIPPINES: Two activists shot dead respectively by armed group

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that two activists were shot dead respectively by armed group. One activist was shot dead in front his wife and children on 17 July 2007. Another activist was dead after a shot on June 15 2007. CASE DETAILS: (based on the Alliance for […]

SRI LANKA: Young woman brutally stabbed to death by members of Armed Forces

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the gruesome stabbing unto death of a 27-year-old woman by Army personnel or members of the Special Task Force (STF) in Paduwankarai, in the Batticaloa District. Accordingly several personnel in military uniform had come to the house she was staying and shouted her […]

UPDATE(Nepal): Torture and sexual molestation victim receives threats from the police for registering a case in court

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned by reports that a torture and sexual molestation victim, 30 year-old widow Ms. Kalpana Bhandari, has received serious threats from the police since she registered a case demanding compensation for torture with the Kathmandu District Court on June 11, 2007, concerning her arbitrary arrest, […]

UPDATE(Pakistan): Gang rape victim threatened by local politicians; police exonerates perpetrators before investigation

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information on the case of a 15-year-old girl who was gang-raped by more than a dozen attackers from Town Layyah in Punjab province beginning on 30 January 2007 (For details, please see: UA-081-2007). According to the latest information we have received, the victim has been […]