Poverty & adequate standard of living

SRI LANKA: AHRC calls for assistance for families affected by massive landslide in Haldummulla

(Hong Kong, October 29, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is shocked and saddened by a tragic landslide, which, according to reports, has caused the disappearance of more than 300 residents in the mountainous area of Meeriyabedda, Haldummulla, Badulla District, in the early hours of 29th October 2014. The AHRC extends its solidarity to those […]

INDIA: 11 villagers jump in Narmada Canal after 22 year fight over land rights.

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from the Narmada Asargrast Sangharsh Samiti that 11 villagers jumped into the Narmada main canal in Boreli while 3 of them were arrested just before attempting that. The villagers were protesting the lack of compensation for families 25 years after being evicted from their village, […]

PAKISTAN: Floods 2014- colossal failure of state authorities

by Bushra Khaliq The 2014 floods in Pakistan is the fifth in series of floods since 1973, 1988, 1992 and 2010. This time the late monsoon rains [in the early part of] September unleashed terrific floods in Central Punjab. Swollen rivers, particularly the Chenab breached floodwalls, sweeping away thousands of villages and the Government despite […]

INDIA: Halt demolition of Dalit and Tribal Hamlets in Chhipiya and Khairaha Nala

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from the Samaj Chetna Manch Dabhaura about the demolition drive against Dalit and tribal settlements in Chhipiya and Khaiaha Nala, In Java block of Rewa District, Madhya Pradesh. The AHRC has been informed that the administration has threatened them with eviction against its own repeated […]

PHILIPPINES: Restore land and livelihood rights of families in Laiya

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from the Defend Job  Philippines about the forced demolition of roughly 277 houses in Sitio Balacabacan, Laiya, Batangas, Philippines. The demolitions were carried out on 3 July 2014. The AHRC has also learnt that the authorities are intimidating the community which is now living in […]

PHILIPPINES: Police burn houses after forcibly evicting community in Las Pinas

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Defend Job Philippines about the forced eviction of a community from Factor Compound in Las Pinas city. The police also fired in the air to intimidate the community. CASE NARRATIVE: On the morning of 19 August 2014, more than 120 members of the […]

PAKISTAN: Internally displaced persons of North Waziristan, reproductive health and Gender

Pakistan like other developing countries that face, dearth of democracy and abundance of abusive authority has never been a homogenous country. There is the Pakistan of masses and there is the Pakistan of classes. For the poor and powerless of this sixth most populous country, human development based on essential core values like self esteem, […]

INDIA: Social boycott of Dalits in Madhya Pradesh, water supply cut off

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Kamal Singhi, a journalist based in Indore, about continuing social and economic ostracism of Dalits in Sitapat village of Mhow Tehsil in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The ostracism that began some 17 days ago has culminated into the locally powerful landlords cutting off the […]

INDIA: Poverty will remain unless public justice system is reformed

Statement | India | 15-08-2014

Courtesy: Mathrubhumi Daily India’s battle against poverty has reached the phase of “elimination” from “alleviation” said President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation. That was last evening, the eve of 68th Independence Day of the republic. It was encouraging to listen to the president explain that the difference was not merely about semantics. […]

PHILIPPINES: Reinstate all workers of NXP Semiconductors dismissed illegally

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Defend Job Philippines about the illegal dismissal of the whole leadership of the NXP Workers Union by the management of NXP Semiconductors Philippines, INC. The workers were dismissed on 5 May 2014 on the pretext of their not reporting to work on 9 […]

INDIA: Two more sanitation workers die cleaning sewer

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learnt about the death of two sanitation workers in Hyderabad. They have died while cleaning a gutter, a practice outlawed by the Supreme Court of India. These deaths follow others – one sanitation worker in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, and three in Gujarat – that have taken […]

INDIA: Annual killer Encephalitis strikes again: 60 children killed in Gorakhpur alone.

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Manoj Singh, a local journalist working with Gorakhpur News Line, regarding the deadly disease Encephalitis, which has struck again in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The toll has already climbed to 60, with monsoons – during which the disease spreads quickly – still distant. Despite […]

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 […]

PAKISTAN: Protect kiln workers from torture, illegal detention and attacks

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that brick kiln owners, with the patronage of the Punjab provincial government, have been holding children, women, and men in illegal detention. Women who have been demanding compliance of the minimum wage and social security have been beaten, their clothes stripped, and their children […]

PHILIPPINES: Reinstate all illegally dismissed workers of Print Town immediately

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the allegedly illegal and unjust dismissal of more than 100 production workers in the Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna Plant. The information from Defend Job Philippines and Nagkakaisang Manggagawa sa Print Town (United Workers in Print Town) also documents the pitiable livening and working conditions […]

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 […]

INDIA: Stop communal violence in the state of Madhya Pradesh

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from civil society groups in Madhya Pradesh who have forwarded a fact-finding report regarding another incident of communal violence against Muslims in Khirkiya Nagar Panchayat, Harda District, Madhya Pradesh. The incident, which resulted in numerous people losing movable and immovable property, occurred on 19 […]

PHILIPPINES: Immediately stop eviction drive against 250 poor families of R10, Tondo

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Defend Job Philippine regarding eviction notice served on 250 families living along the R-10 or Road 10 in Tondo, Manila by the government authorities. The planned forced eviction, without compensation, will not only jeopardize living conditions of the people but also expose them […]

PHILIPPINES: An urgent call to help millions affected by continuous torrential rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Trami.

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding massive disruptions to normal life caused by Tropical Storm Trami (known in Philippines as Maring). The situation, unfortunately, has merely worsened by the Southwest Moonsoon or Habagat. As of now, data puts the number of affected at around 402, 415 families and 1, […]