Right to life

PHILIPPINES/ASIA: The AHRC questions the membership of former President Arroyo in the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP)

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Mr. Federico Mayor, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty Mr. Federico Mayor President International Commission against the Death Penalty C/o The Secretariat Edificio Torres Ágora, Serrano Galvache 26, 28071 Madrid SPAIN Tel: +34 91 394 89 53 Email: asunta.vivo@icomdp.org Dear Mr. Mayor, […]

PAKISTAN: Karachi killings – government combating militancy with state sponsored militancy

Baseer Naweed Karachi, the capital of Sindh, remains a hotspot of continuous arms clashes between different political and religious parties where the government has still not been able to use rational methods to control the fighting. The conflict between different armed groups is a clear demonstration of the collapse of the rule of law. The […]

INDONESIA: Papuan Peace Declaration

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following declaration from a group of Papuan organisations, indigenous and political Papuan stakeholders issued at the conference for peace in Papua which was held between 5-7 July 2011 in the UNCEN auditorium, Abepura Papua, Indonesia. The conference was organised by the Network of Peace in Papua […]

INDONESIA: Army members stab indigenous Papuan to death following his complaint

Dear friends,  At least five members of the Indonesian national military killed an indigenous Papuan, Derek Adii on 14 May 2011 while he was boarding the Lalobar ship service, in Samabusa Nabire Port, West Papua. It is reported that the soldiers attacked and stabbed Mr. Adii to death after he had complained about the rough […]

PAKISTAN: Extremists openly plan to kill hundreds of Ahmadis–government turns a blind eye

The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from Faisalabad city of Punjab province, the second largest industrial and commercial city of the country that a plan has been chalked out to kill the owners and their family members of 36 commercial and industrial establishments belonging to Ahmadiyya community. The plan includes the people working […]

NEPAL: Bring all the perpetrators of Ram Hari Shrestha’s murder to book

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the abduction and murder of a businessman, Ram Hari Shrestha, by members of the Maoist party in 2008. Although five Maoist cadres have been charged in the case, only one has been arrested so far and was sentenced on 31 May by […]

NEPAL: Killing of a young man in an alleged encounter by police must be investigated

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the killing of Sahid Ullah Dewan, alias Adbul, by three policemen from Police Post, Bethary, Rupandehi District. Abdul was shot in broad daylight on 26 October 2009 in Rupandehi District. The police claim that the victim was killed in an encounter and that […]

INDONESIA: West Papua — Violence against indigenous women

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article written by Fien Jarangga & Galuh Wandita. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- An article from Fien Jarangga & Galuh Wandita, Cultural Survival – Spring 2011 forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission INDONESIA: West Papua — Violence against indigenous women Fien Jarangga coordinates […]

BANGLADESH: People rally further demanding the arrest of army Major Mustafizur and the attackers

(Hong Kong, May 5, 2011) The inhabitants of Paikgachha have again held a rally demanding the arrest of Mustafizur Rahman Bokul, a major in the Bangladesh army, and his aides for gouging the eyes of human rights defender FMA Razzak and his brother Bodiuzzaman Bodiar. The rally was held at the zero point of Paikgachha […]

SRI LANKA: Law student under threat writes to the Chief Justice

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the case of the law student, who is under threat in Sri Lanka, that he has sent a letter to the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, informing the court about the threat to his life. In the letter, the victim, Mr. Dasanayaka […]

PAKISTAN: Human rights defender first abducted by Taliban on charge of working for NGOs and then by the military for supporting the Taliban remains missing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a person was abducted by the Taliban on suspicion of working for NGOs. After his escape he was then abducted by the military on suspicion of working for the Taliban. Mr. Hameed Ullah Khan, a human rights defender and social worker, was abducted […]

INDIA: Caste-based discrimination and corruption pushing 83 families to death in Orissa

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the information that 83 Dalit families of Ranapada village have been deprived of their food security by non-Dalits from about 54 neighboring villages. It is reported that the reason for the aggressive discrimination against the Bauri families (Dalits) is because three women from Bauri community […]

BANGLADESH: State agents allow army officer’s relatives to rob off the house of a human rights defender

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) informed you on 4 March 2011 regarding death threat to the family of F. M. A. Razzak, a human rights defender by the relatives of an officer the Bangladesh Army (For further details, please see our latest Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-013-2011).  Now, the AHRC has received updated information […]

PAKISTAN: Four activists protesting the disappearance of their leader also disappeared after their abduction by the law enforcement agencies

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that four activists of a nationalist political group were abducted from a crowded part of Karachi city by the police and plain clothed persons in police and military jeeps when they were ending their six day hunger strike in protest against the second disappearance […]

INDIA: Human rights defender murdered for challenging corruption

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the murder of human rights activist Mr. Niyamat Ansari in Kope Gram Panchayat of Latehar District, Jharkhand state, on 2 March, as well as a similar attempt on the same day upon the life of his associate Mr. Bhukhan Singh. It is reported […]

BANGLADESH: Army officer’s father threatens to destroy home and establishments of a human rights defender’s family

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding death threat to the family of F. M. A. Razzak, a human rights defender, and his well-wishers from the relatives of an officer the Bangladesh Army regarding an illegitimate claim of ownership of a land, which had already been settled by the concerned […]

PAKISTAN: Five more disappeared persons are extrajudicially killed in Balochistan

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the bodies of five disappeared persons have been found in different areas of Balochistan. The bodies bore bullet wounds and marks of torture. Five victims were abducted from Balochistan province and Karachi, Sindh province at different times but their bodies were found in […]

PHILIPPINES: Maguindanao massacre — questions of morality, practice of law and the legal system

Myrna Reblando’s reaction demonstrates the absence of remedy within the system of justice not a mere ‘hysteria’.   Facts of the case & details of the video   As described and shown in the video of Philstar.com: Victim’s kin goes hysterical at Maguindanao massacre trial   February 03, 2011   MANILA, Philippines — Today’s hearing of […]

PAKISTAN: Four more disappeared persons bullet riddled bodies found and four are abducted

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that four disappeared persons bullet riddled and torture marks bodies were found from Balochistan province who were previously arrested by the law enforcement agencies. Their bodies were thrown in different places of Baluchistan and Four more persons were abducted by the Frontier Corps (FC) […]

PAKISTAN: A student leader abducted and four bodies of disappeared persons are found

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a student leader from Balochistan was abducted from the check post of the Frontier Corps in Quetta while he was returning from an interview for internship at Pakistan Telecommunications, a public sector company. In the campaign of killings of disappeared persons four more […]