Military

BANGLADESH: Rapid Action Battalion officers arbitrarily torture and detain three men, resulting in the death of one

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a human rights organization in Bangladesh that Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials arbitrarily tortured and arrested Sha Newaz Tito, Munir Hossain Talukdar and Ziaul Alam Dipu in the Agrabad area of Chittagong, Bangladesh on 4 August 2004. The brutal torture led to the […]

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, Mr. 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 […]

INDONESIA: No Peace: Martial Law in ACEH

Dear Friends The Indonesian government has used the ‘peace talks’ in Japan as an excuse to start an all-out war in Aceh. Below is a press statement issued through SUARAM on the current situation in Indonesia. PAMELA APPS Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission ——————————————————————— INDONESIA: No Peace: Martial Law in ACEH SUARAM Press […]

BANGLADESH: Troops granted pardon despite gross human rights violations

BANGLADESH: State crime: mass arrests and torture by the army, but impunity ——————————————————————– Fifty thousand Bangladeshi troops may receive immunity from prosecution and thereby be reprieved of responsibility for torture and other human rights abuses, including the deaths of as many as 44 detainees. The means through which the amnesty would take place is the […]

BURMA: 400 sleeping Karen villagers attacked by Burmese troops

Dear Friends, For your attention, we are forwarding you the following appeal from the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in Hong Kong, regarding the Burmese troops’ attack against the Karen (one of ethnic minority groups in Burma) villagers in Thai-Burma border area. Thank you for your attention. Urgent Appeal Desk Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) ========== […]

BANGLADESH: OPEARATION CLEAN HEART…? IN BANGLADESH

The Article 11 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh states that; “The Republic shall be a democracy in which fundamental human rights and freedoms and respect for the dignity and worth of the human person shall be guaranteed [and in which effective participation by the people through their elected representatives in administration […]

INDIA: Need support the demand of a young social activist’s hunger strike for 22 months

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) recommends to you to support the campaign launched by Ms. Irom Sharmila on 2 November 2000 when she spontaneously went on a hunger strike after the random killing of 22 innocent by-standers by the armed forces of India in Manipur. She had reached the end of her tolerance of the endemic violence, disappearances, killings of innocent people, which was made possible by the imposition of the draconian AFSPA, and the designation of Manipur as a ‘disturbed area’, where the armed forces have free play. 

PAKISTAN: People’s Right to Resist

PAKISTAN: The Referendum to Complete Pakistan’s Journey to the Dark Ages – PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO RESIST Today, Pakistan’s military leader General Pervez Musharraf mocked the nation and the international community by holding a referendum as to whether he could remain as the Head of State for another five years. This is an absolute abuse of […]

UPDATE (PALESTINE): UN Envoy says Jenin devastation ‘horrific beyond belief’ – requires immediate intervention

Richard Cook, Director of UNRWA operations in the West Bank: 
“The reports we are getting are of wholesale destruction of a kind more normally associated with natural disasters such as earthquakes…. We implore the Israeli authorities to open up the camp to allow our relief teams to help its desperate population.” 

MIDDLE EAST: When Will the First Ship or Airplane Carrying Peacekeepers Arrive?

We reproduce below the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) statement calling for the immediate dispatch of peacekeepers and human rights monitors to the Occupied Territories of Palestine to implement a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the escalating violence. This statement is a declaration of support for the proposal put forward by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. We urge everyone to participate in urging all parties concerned to expedite these missions.

UPDATE (INDONESIA): NGOs condemn latest attack on human rights defenders at Komnas HAM

(RE: UA-11-2002: Attacks on human rights defenders, destruction of property, public use of weapons with impunity)  UPDATE (INDONESIA): Further attacks on human rights defenders, public threats made with impunity  ———————————————————————-  Dear Friends  We are including here a joint statement by 48 Indonesian NGOs in response to another attack by the FBR (Betawi Brotherhood Forum) on […]

UPDATE: The Ninth Open Letter on the Issues Regarding Fr. Pallath’s Case

Dear Friends, We would like to send you a copy of the ninth open letter sent by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to the Jesuit superior general in Rome regarding Fr. Pallath’s case. For further information, including this letter, please visit http://jjpallath.ahrchk.net.   Thank you.   Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission   […]

RESPONSE: US/UN: Sign the petition for small arms controls

24 July 2001  Gen. Colin Powell  US Secretary of State  Dear General Powell,  Every minute, one human life is snuffed out because of small arms. At the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, John Bolton, the US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, stated that the US will […]

RESPONSE: US/UN: Sign the petition for small arms controls

Secretary of State  US Department of State  Washington, DC 20520  Sir,  Due to these Small Arms one life per minute has been stamped out because of small arms, resulting in destroyed families, destabilized societies, weakened countries. These was a serious issue because the life of the people in the under developed countries were declining due […]

US/UN: small arms trade causing widespread civilian deaths

“In the course of this speech which has lasted for only a few minutes, one life per minute has been stamped out because of small arms, resulting in destroyed families, destabilized societies, weakened countries. To those watching and listening to us, let us give a concrete and bold response. Let us be willful,. Let us be responsible.” 
— Hon. Charles Josselin, Minister Delegate for Cooperation and Francophonie, at the UN conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons. [1] 

BANGLADESH: Human rights defender, Mr FMA Razzak, in a critical condition in hospital following abduction and brutal attack

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Front Line regarding the deadly attack on human rights defender FMA Razzak and gouging his eyes and seriously fracturing his hand and leg by the family of an army major of Bangladesh. The appeal is available at: http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/15038 . For more information, please […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Pakistan): Appeal to President Zardari to comply with his promises for ensuring the release of Dr. Afia Siddiqui

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Aafia Movement regarding Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s Upcoming appeal process, the role of the government, and the broken promises. For more information, please contact: Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui through email: drfowzia@hotmail.com. Thank you. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) ———————————————————————– Mr. […]