Military

INDIA: Paramilitary unleashes brutality in Manipur injuring several innocent persons

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from human rights organisations in Manipur, India regarding the attack by an underground group against the government forces and a retaliatory strike by the government forces on September 30, 2007. It is reported that in the attack organised by the People’s Revolutionary Party of […]

BURMA: Challenge to the Burmese military junta: Dialogue with the people or face downfall!

Dear friends in the solidarity movement, Today, about 200,000 people rallied the streets in Burma (in Rangoon and different cities). The Buddhist monks are leading the pro-democracy rallies, defying military junta’s order for them to stay away from the street rallies or face legal action by the Ministry of Religious Affairs. With the escalation of […]

BURMA: Lawyers, monks determined to defy “forced politics”

BURMA: Lawyers, monks determined to defy “forced politics” (Hong Kong, September 26, 2007) Lawyers in Burma on Tuesday established a new union to introduce “genuine politics” to the country and defy what they called the regime’s “forced politics” as protests continued for a tenth day despite harsh warnings in the media and through loudspeakers on […]

MYANMAR/BURMA: Myanmar’s neighbours would benefit from its political transformation

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to you concerning the dramatic and rapidly worsening events in Myanmar of the last few weeks, about which you are fully aware. Many persons around the world maintain that Myanmar’s neighbours are largely responsible for the propping up of its military dictatorship, which but for the Association […]

UPDATE (Burma): Monks on the march, boycotting military regime across country

Dear friends, The recent dramatic and historic developments in Burma, with thousands of monks taking to the streets, have received a lot of international attention in recent days. Here the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) gives a short summary of some of the latest events and also add comments and information on some incidents and […]

PAKISTAN: Photo-history of the 2007 lawyers’ movement in Pakistan published online

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in collaboration with the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) wishes to announce the publication of a pictorial book that documents the development of the lawyer’s movement throughout the recent tumultuous months in Pakistan. The book covers all the events that occurred between March and July 2007. The publication, entitled “People’s […]

PAKISTAN: The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns violence unleashed by the military regime leading to killing of 30 persons in Pakistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AS-100-2007 May 13, 2007 A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns violence unleashed by the military regime leading to killing of 30 persons in Pakistan The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the violence unleashed on peaceful protestors by the military dictator in Karachi, […]

PAKISTAN: International community must intervene to ensure that the military regime is not allowed to impose emergency or martial law to subvert justice

The Supreme Court of Pakistan made an order yesterday (May 7) suspending the judicial panel hearing into the accusation made by the military regime against the country’s suspended Chief Justice Mr. Iftekhar Chaudhary, pending a decision on a challenge to the panel filed on his behalf. The Chief Justice has challenged the decision of the […]

THAILAND: Young man allegedly illegally detained & tortured by army

Dear friends, The Working Group on Justice for Peace (Thailand) has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) about the alleged horrific torture of a 23-year-old teacher named Sukri Ar-dam in southern Thailand. Sukri was arrested by the police acting under special powers to deal with the ongoing conflict in the south, and he was […]

SRI LANKA: Giving police powers to the military will pave the way to torture chambers in military camps

The government has recently announced that police powers will be granted to the military by way of further emergency regulations. When the BBC Sinhala Service questioned the government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukawella, as to whether the giving of police powers to the military will not result in the re-emergence of torture chambers inside military camps […]

THAILAND: Murder is not self defence

In response to the shooting of a group of youths in the south of Thailand on April 9, an army officer has been quoted as saying that the armed militia personnel were justified to fire in self defence. Two young men and two boys died and a number of others were wounded when Village Defence […]

THAILAND: Soldiers use martial law to intimidate and steal from villagers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has obtained information that a group of soldiers and forestry officials in northern Thailand raided a village on January 22 and forced their way into houses. The officers didn’t give their names or other details of what they were doing or why, and when challenged by the […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Four months of martial law under dictatorship; emergency rule in south to continue

Dear friends, The military junta that has now controlled government in Thailand for four months has in recent weeks made clear that martial law was never partially lifted at the end of November, as it had earlier ordered, and that it instead now intends to use more of the powers under that law to stifle […]

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 […]

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 […]

THAILAND: No way to justify the coup

The Nation newspaper of November 22 has published a summary of the full reasons to be given by the military junta in Thailand for its September 19 takeover. According to the newspaper, the justifications for the coup, due to be published shortly, include the following: corruption and conflict of interest; abuse of power; violations of […]

NEPAL: AHRC welcomes the historic agreement between the SPA and Maoists, but cautions on the issue of impunity

Statement | Nepal | 07-11-2006

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the agreement reached between the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) political parties and the Maoist insurgents, which paves the way for an end to the decade-long conflict in Nepal and the establishment of peace, security and development, as well as the rule of law, justice, and the enjoyment of […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Please attend important event on threats to civil rights under military regime

[RE: UG-018-2006: THAILAND: UN rights bodies must act urgently to address junta; UP-189-2006: THAILAND: Illegal detention of former government ministers; UP-190-2006: THAILAND: Websites and radio stations shut down by military junta; UP-194-2006: THAILAND: Join protest for media freedom and 1997 Constitution] ———————————————————————- UP-204-2006: THAILAND: Please attend important event on threats to civil rights under military […]

THAILAND: MILITARY COUP – One month on, fact vs. fiction

It is now one month since the armed forces of Thailand under General Sonthi Boonyaratglin took power on September 19. Since that time, the coup group and government officials have been creating a fictional version of what they have done, are doing and will do. To mark this occasion, the Asian Human Rights Commission lists […]

THAILAND: Military junta won’t bring justice to south

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  AS-255-2006 October 18, 2006 A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission THAILAND: Military junta won’t bring justice to south In the days after the September 19 coup in Thailand there was some expectation that bloodshed in the south may lessen. Like a lot of other things, this has not happened. Reports […]