Right to food

INDIA: Family forced into abject poverty because of police and army actions

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received further information from the Social Development Foundation, Delhi, India, about the desperate conditions faced by a family that has been forced into hunger and abject poverty due to persecution by authorities conducting operations against communist militants. The authorities have hounded the family of five, headed […]

UPDATE (INDIA): NHRC and Supreme Court instruct state government to act on starvation and hunger cases

(HA-01-2004: INDIA: Severe hunger in eastern Uttar Pradesh state; HU-01-2004: INDIA: Supreme Court instructs Uttar Pradesh government to look into severe malnutrition and starvation deaths; HA-04-2004: INDIA: Imminent starvation among Dalits classed as Above Poverty Line by authorities in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh) Dear friends, Further to two earlier Hunger Alerts (HA-01-2004) and (HA-04-2004) […]

INDIA: Indian Red Cross ignores starvation of Kolkata evictees

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has previously reported on the forced eviction of thousands of people from their rightful homes in Bellilious Park, Kolkota, India since July 2003. As of present, nothing has been done to rehabilitate or compensate these people, a number of whom have starved to death and a large number […]

INDIA: Intolerable delay in implementation of court ruling exacerbates hunger among Dalit community in Uttaranchal

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information from the Social Development Foundation, Delhi, India about a village of impoverished Dalits (‘untouchables’) in Uttaranchal state facing severe hunger after the local authorities have failed to implement a Supreme Court order granting them rights over land. The land, which was stolen by […]

UPDATE (India): Supreme Court instructs Uttar Pradesh government to look into severe malnutrition and starvation deaths

Dear friends, Further to two earlier Hunger Alerts (HA-01-2004 and HA-03-2004) on starvation in Uttar Pradesh state, India, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Supreme Court has instructed the government of Uttar Pradesh to take steps to guarantee the right to food of the affected persons. In a letter to the Chief […]

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara of Samanalaweva Police Post in Balangoda on 26 August 2004. Due to brutal torture, the victim still suffers from severe pain on his […]

INDIA: Imminent starvation among Dalits classed as Above Poverty Line by authorities in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, Further to our first Hunger Alert, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new information from the Social Development Foundation, Delhi, India about families on the verge of starvation in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh state. According to the information, the group of Dalits (‘untouchables’) known as Bansfors is facing imminent starvation […]

INDIA: Children going blind due to starvation in Uttar Pradesh state

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), India about the case of two young children suffering serious illnesses due to starvation. The AHRC urges you to write to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the two children are restored […]

THAILAND: Hunger caused by mass arrest of villagers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by reports of malnutrition among villagers of the Pang Daeng community, Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai province, after security forces arrested 48 persons for alleged land encroachment, under dubious circumstances. Although the persons–who are all from minority groups–have now been released from jail, the […]

INDIA: Severe hunger in eastern Uttar Pradesh State

INDIA: Starvation death, malnutrition, government corruption and inaction ———————————————————————  Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Social Development Foundation, Delhi, India about persistent starvation and malnutrition in villages of Sonebhadra district, eastern Uttar Pradesh. The affected villagers are all Adivasis, or tribal people, who have been involved in a […]

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 […]

INDIA: Almost 75,000 people are homeless after being forcibly evicted by the West Bengal government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation

INDIA: Almost 75,000 people are homeless after being forcibly evicted by the West Bengal government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation  INDIA: Forced eviction of the urban poor; Right to housing; Right to food ———————————————————— Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about case of another forced eviction from West Bengal, India. […]

INDIA: Two hundred Adivasis made homeless over land rights

Dear Friends On 21 July, about 100 police and the Maharashtra State Farming Corporation (MSFC) security personnel destroyed about two hundreds huts of adivasis – indigenous people – and more than thousand acres of crops. No notice was given to the people. Several hundred adivasi children and women have been rendered homeless. The adivasi people […]

BURMA: Hunger still rampant in Burma

Burma is a fertile country with abundant resources. In years gone by it was said that nobody ever starves in Burma. This has long ceased to be the case. Empirical evidence suggests that every day millions of people there go hungry, hundreds of thousands are seriously malnourished, and that some are indeed starving. This May, […]

UPDATE (BURMA) FREE Professor Salai Tun Than

Dear Friends Below is an email from the Free Dr Salai Tun Than group. We cannot, at this stage, verify the information, but we will confirm as soon as we can. Statement on the Hunger Strike of Dr. Salai Tun Than by his daughter Mai Theingi Tun Than Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 17:34:11 +0700 […]

UPDATE: SRI LANKA: The denial food to infants – Newspaper report and link with international organization

Regarding the campaign for the reduction of milk prices in Sri Lanka, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued an urgent appeal and several updates based on the work of the People’s Campaign to Reduce Milk Prices in order to put pressure on the milk companies to lower their prices and the Sri Lankan government to take action to resolve this serious socio-economic issue. 

UPDATE: SRI LANKA: Mothers’ activity to reduce the milk prices; companies and government’s response

Regarding our earlier urgent appeal (30-07-2001) on the unbearable increase of milk prices in Sri Lanka, we are sending the latest activity by the Movement of Mothers to Combat Malnutrition (MMCM) to draw your attention and support for this issue and the response of the milk companies and Sri Lankan government.

UPDATE(SRI LANKA): Nestle Lanka Ltd. has refused to reduce milk prices

Regarding our earlier urgent appeal (30-07-2001) on the unbearable increase of milk prices in Sri Lanka, we are sending you some information on the latest situation of the ‘Reduce Milk Prices Campaign’ and the upcoming activities that are planned. 

SRI LANKA: Nestle, Anchor, Govt, IMF denying food to infants

The following appeal is to protest the increase in the price of milk products in Sri Lanka. This is a serious human rights concern about one of the most basic of all rights – the right to food. 

UPDATE (AUSTRALIA) : Asylum seekers have accused government of hiding the truth; hunger strike continues

Dear Friends,  We’re sending you following update regarding twenty-two detainees who were arrested and on hunger strike at Port Hedland in Australia.  Asylum seekers have accused Australian government of hiding the truth and insisted that they are being kept incommunicado. Meanwhile, around 130 people are still on hunger strike.  We will send you further updates […]