Police negligence

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 […]

CAMBODIA: Army beats and arrest villagers in a land dispute in Kampot province

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that soldiers beat villagers when they protested against the grabbing of their land in Chey Sena village, Ta Ken commune, Chhouk district, Kampot province, on 23 June 2008.  Four villagers were arrested on charges of the robbery of a mobile phone and wrongful damage to […]

PAKISTAN: Perpetrators of murder enjoy impunity

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a peasant was murdered, one was abducted and several more were injured in an attack by a powerful group. After the passing of almost three months no one has yet been arrested. A session court has rejected the application for anticipatory bail before […]

NEPAL: Kanchanpur district police refuse to take action on the alleged murder of a woman

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned with the deliberate negligence of the Kanchanpur district police in the murder of a woman, who was allegedly murdered by her husband on 6 June 2008. According to information received from the National Alliance of Women’s Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRDs), the police delayed in […]

INDIA: Corrupt police officers aid murder suspects

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) about a murder case in Azamgarh district, Uttar Pradesh. Despite the Superintendent of Police conducting an investigation into the case from 8 August 2008, the police have not arrested the suspects. On the contrary, the […]

INDIA: Police fail to investigate a case of rape and mother receives death threats

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM, a local human rights group working from West Bengal, India that a woman whose daughter was raped and murdered has been threatened at gunpoint to withdraw her case against the perpetrators.  The local police have refused to perform their duties to cooperate […]

SRI LANKA: Inadequate police action into the sexual abuse of a girl

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Kandy Police Station has failed to take proper and prompt action into the complaint involving the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl on 2 June 2008. The police, instead of arresting the suspect and investigating the case, told the girl’s father to […]

SRI LANKA: Teacher severely beats a student once again

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that a boy, who had been previously beaten by his teacher, was taken to a hospital for his injuries after having been beaten once again. The father of the boy has already made a complaint to the police, but they, instead of conducting a […]

INDONESIA: Yet another attack on a group advocating religious freedom

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed of yet another attack on a peaceful gathering of groups advocating religious freedom by a group of Muslims in Jakarta on 1 June 2008. The policemen, who were in the area when it happened, failed to intervene to prevent the attack. At least 28 […]

INDONESIA: A man dies in police custody following arrest

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a man has died in police custody following his arrest after he was falsely accused of stealing a palm oil nut on 26 March 2008. The police officer and three unidentified companions, who had taken the victim with them, have not been […]

SRI LANKA: Two persons disappear in separate incidents

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the disappearance of two persons, one of them a student, in separate incidents in February and May of this year. The student victim was taken by persons who were described as policemen into a white van. The other victim was last seen on […]

SRI LANKA: Alleged ill treatment against a couple by Ahangama police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the ill treatment of a couple by the Ahangama police on 26 September 2007. When the wife of the couple asked a question, a police officer conducting an inquiry allegedly assaulted and humiliated her. She was later charged with obstruction of police duties […]

SRI LANKA: Alleged assault of a student by Deniyaya police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a Sub Inspector attached to Deniyaya Police Station allegedly tortured a young student in the process of interrogating him on suspicion of carrying out a robbery on 28 April 2008. As the boy denied the charge the police threatened and demanded money from […]

UPDATE (Philippines): More unsolved murders of crime suspects

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that another six persons have been killed on the pretext that they were either involved in criminal activities or had criminal records in General Santos City. The AHRC is seriously concerned by the continued failure by the concerned authorities to prevent these murders and […]

SRI LANKA: Police refused to take action on rape of girls

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that a mother, whose two teenage daughters had been raped, one remains missing after having been forcibly abducted, was refused by the police to have her complaints recorded at the police station. The policemen on duty also did not take action in pursuing the perpetrators […]

GENERAL APPEAL (Philippines): Systemic failure to prevent a pattern of arbitrary deprivation of dozens of lives

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern regarding the continuing failure by the police and the local government to ensure protection and prevent the systematic murders in General Santos City. At least 29 persons, five of whom are minors, have already been killed from February 4 to May 16, 2008 […]

INDIA: Session’s judge supports caste based discrimination 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 caste based discrimination practiced during village panchayat (village council) meetings since 2007. The victim in this case was denied the right to file a complaint with the local police and moreover, […]

CAMBODIA: Young man died in pre-trial detention due to medical negligence

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that a young man named Yan Sok Kea died on 28 April 2008 due to lack of medical treatment while in pre-trial detention in Prey Sor Prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. He was detained on 14 November 2007, fell ill while in detention, […]

SRI LANKA: Young boy severely assaulted by deputy principal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that a young boy was severely assaulted by the deputy Principal in Galle on 27 March 2008. As a result of this punishment, he was admitted to a hospital for treatment.  CASE DETAILS: (based on the testimony of Uspatabandige Tharindu Ishan Gunasekara (11) and his […]

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) […]