Rule of law

INDIA: Police, magistrate and doctor cover-up murder of 17-year-old girl

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the attempt to cover up the murder of 17-year-old girl Mousumi Ari by the police, magistrate and the doctor.  Mousumi Ari, of Narayanpur Village, West Bengal, was murdered by her in-laws in October 2003. However, as her father-in-law is connected with the police, […]

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 […]

NEPAL: Four men arbitrarily detained and suspected of being seriously tortured

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that four individuals were arbitrarily arrested on 1 February 2004 by the security forces in Bajura (west part), Nepal, and are suspected of being seriously tortured while in custody. The four individuals, Messrs. Tula Thapa, Rajendra Adhikary, Ram Bhadur Rana and Man Bahadur Shah […]

SRI LANKA: Man tortured by drunk policemen from the Mahiyanganaya Police Station

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the torture of Mr. Tennakoon Mudiyanselage Gunesekera by six policemen from the Mahiyanganaya Police Station on 31 December 2003. The victim was severely assaulted by the perpetrators with wooden bats solely because he did not see one policeman’s bicycle parked near the hotel. […]

SRI LANKA: Brutal attack of the police on the people in Baddegama village in Madahapola who campaigned against crime

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned about the brutal attack by the police on the people of Baddegama village, Madahapola on 31 December 2003. When the torture victim’s mother went to the Gokarella Police Station to lodge the complaint, about 200 drunken policemen and their supporters who had gathered at […]

SRI LANKA: A 15 year old boy tortured by officers from the Department of Excise and falsely charged

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about the torture and false charges against a 15 year old boy in Sri Lanka. This is another example of brutal custom of torture and disregard for the rule of law in Sri Lanka. AHRC calls for your solidarity to pressure the local authorities […]

UPDATE(Republic of Korea): Send your petition letter to the South Korean government requesting release Mr. Song Du-yul immediately

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) requests your urgent solidarity for Mr. Song Du-yul, who was arrested and indicted for violating the National Security Law of Republic of Korea. Mr. Song has received intensive investigations about his alleged pro-North Korea activities by the prosecution of the Republic of Korea for two months since […]

SRI LANKA: Arbitrary arrest and torture of 22 year old Shiron Jeewantha Pallekanda at the Katugastota Police Station

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about another severe torture case from Kandy, Sri Lanka. According to the information received, Shiron Jeewantha Pallekanda, 22, was severely tortured after being arrested by the police from the Katugastota Police Station on 7 December 2003. The police have not provided any medical treatment […]

SRI LANKA: Torture victim tortured again and remanded on fabricated charges by the police after lodging a complaint against police

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned that torture victim Mahadura Pandula Sri Thaminda was arrested by police officers from the Kandy Police Station on fabricated charges on 10 November 2003, after he refused to withdraw his complaint against the police. According to the victim’s family, the victim received threats from […]

UPDATE (REPUBLIC OF KOREA): Scholar Song Du-yul indicted for violating the National Security Law

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Korean-German scholar Song Du-yul, 59, was indicted by the prosecution for violating the National Security Law on 19 November 2003. Mr. Song has received intensive investigations about his alleged pro-North Korea activities by the prosecution of the Republic of Korea for two months […]

PHILIPPINES: Two young boys shot dead by army soldiers

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding information from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) on killings of two teenage boys by army soldiers. Even though there was no crossfire between them and the alleged Waray-Waray Gang members (wanted criminals), the army soldiers distorted the incident, claming that the two boys […]

REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Arrest of scholar Song Du-yul under the National Security Law

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Korean-German scholar Song Du-yul, 59, who returned to Republic of Korea (ROK) after 37 years of exile in Germany, was arrested for allegedly violating anti-communist provisions in the National Security Law on 22 October 2003. He was arrested after he refused to make […]

SRI LANKA: Brutal torture by the police puts the victim in critical condition

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on another serious torture case in Sri Lanka. According to information we have received, an innocent man was brutally tortured by the police personnel attached to the Bentota Police Station including its Officer In Charge (OIC) and a Sub Inspector (SI). In particular, the […]

INDONESIA/ACEH: The Military Court released 12 soldiers from torture charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that the Lhokseumawe Military Court in Aceh released 12 soldiers from Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 301, who had tortured the civilians, even though they had confessed their crime. In Aceh area, the military soldiers arbitrarily arrested and tortured the civilians with genuine impunity, accusing them of […]

THAILAND: Why has the rule of law been made a victim of Thailand’s anti-drug campaign?

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission – AHRC Why has the rule of law been made a victim of Thailand’s anti-drug campaign? Since February, when the government of Thailand opened the way for alleged drug traffickers to be murdered with impunity, over 2000 persons have been killed. This relentless carnage poses an enormous […]

CAMBODIA: Ten years after UNTAC, not an inch of progress in Cambodia’s rule of law

The total destruction of the Thai embassy and businesses in Phnom Penh on January 29, widely reported by the international media, does not come as a surprise to anyone who has worked on the Cambodian justice system since the elections of 1993 under the UN Transitional Authority for Cambodia (UNTAC). These events reveal that there […]

PHILIPPINES: Six farmers shot – one fatally – by shooting incident with alleged police involvement

Dear Friends, The following is a forwarded appeal from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDF) regarding a shooting incident in the city of Panabo on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on Jan. 6, 2003. This incident resulted in six people being seriously wounded with one of the victims dying in the hospital after seven […]

HONG KONG: Proposal to enact national security law raises serious concerns

HONG KONG: Fundamental human rights at risk; threat to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and the press ——————————————————————– On Sept. 24, 2002, the Hong Kong government released a consultation document containing its proposals to enact national security legislation related to Article 23 of the Basic Law, the mini-Constitution of Hong Kong. The consultation paper […]

HONG KONG: AHRC Submits Concerns about Proposed Article 23 Legislation to Legco

AHRC Submits Concerns about Proposed Article 23 Legislation to Legco: Article 23 May Diminish Rule of Law and Increase Corrupt Practices The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has grave concerns about the Hong Kong government’s consultation document “Proposals to Implement Article 23 of the Basic Law” that was released for a three-month consultation period on […]

UPDATE (SRI LANKA): Court orders Release Of Lalith Rajapakse

Dear Friends  Following is an update with some progress on the case of Mr. Lalith Rajapakse, a torture victim in Sri Lanka. We are not requesting any further action at this stage, but we may request this in the near future is there is no positive action for his state of health and the prosecution […]