State of emergency & martial law

SRI LANKA: TNA to legally challenge new laws

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from the Daily Mirror, written by Kelum Bandara. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- An article from the Daily Mirror forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission The Tamil National Alliance decided to legally challenge the regulations imposed under the Prevention of Terrorism […]

MALAYSIA: Stop arrests and intimidation against Bersih 2.0

The Asian Human Rights Commission is seriously concerned about the recent arrests and intimidation by the Malaysian government against the leaders and supporters of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) in Malaysia. Bersih 2.0, a coalition of over 60 NGOs, planned to hold a rally on July 9 to demand electoral reforms […]

CAMBODIA: Thailand and Cambodia must put people before politics

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward to you the following press release from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- A Press Release from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) CAMBODIA: Thailand and Cambodia must put […]

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights in Sulu: The Case of Temogen Tulawie

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from a campaign website, Protect Human Rights Defenders! Protect Cocoy Tulawie! Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- An article from Protect Cocoy Tulawie! Campaign forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission PHILIPPINES: Human Rights in Sulu: The Case of Temogen Tulawie How it […]

INDIA: 10 questions to Chidambaram on Manipur

Statement | India | 14-12-2010

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) appreciates the effort taken by the Home Minister of India in undertaking a visit to Manipur. Manipur is one of the states in India with a poor human rights record. During the past three years the number of encounter killings reported from the state has steadily increased, until the […]

PHILIPPINES: Sulu’s emergency declaration is legally flawed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2010 AHRC-OLT-010-2010 An Open Letter to Faith Suzzette delos Reyes-Kong, senior legal officer of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR 9) by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Ms. Faith Suzzette delos Reyes-Kong Senior Legal Officer Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR 9) 2nd Floor, Philippine Veterans Bank […]

THAILAND: Web board shutdown indicates shut down of free speech

(Hong Kong, July 8, 2010) The decision of an independent online news site to shut down its web board is indicative of the shut down of free speech in Thailand under the ongoing state of emergency, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Thursday.  In an announcement posted on its website, www.prachatai.com, Prachatai said that […]

UPDATE (Thailand): Release Sombat Boonngamanong and all detainees under Emergency Decree

Dear friends,  The authorities in Thailand continue to detain persons without charge under emergency regulations imposed in response to anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok during April and May. In this appeal we bring you the case of one person, Sombat Boonngamanong, who was detained for holding a memorial for victims of the violence on 26 June […]

THAILAND: International law and the limits of a state of emergency

The government of Thailand claims to be complying with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in its application of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations, B.E. 2548 (2005) in response to the recent protests in Bangkok, which is today, 6 July 2010, coming up for renewal. The Asian Human Rights […]

THAILAND: Hundreds detained under emergency regulations

Dear friends,  The authorities in Thailand have extended the emergency declaration imposed in response to anti-government protests, and which enables arbitrary detention with minimal judicial oversight. To date the police have released the names of over 400 persons who have been held under its provisions, most of who about few if any details are known. […]

[AHRC Forwarded Open Letter] THAILAND: Complaint of arbitrary detention under Emergency Decree

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward to you the following open letter to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand from Mr. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk regarding recent cases. The letter was written on the cover of a cake box and presented to the NHRC during a visit by Mr. Somyot. Asian […]

UPDATE (Burma): Human rights defender jailed for second time

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that, as anticipated, a human rights defender in Burma was imprisoned again last week. She was originally jailed because of complaints she made against local officials and has now been imprisoned with her husband under the same charges, after appearing before the same […]

THAILAND: Request for all sides to adopt peaceful means and negotiations in order to find a common path out of the crisis

H.E. Prime Minister, Director of the Centre for the Restoration of the Emergency Situation (CRES) and Leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD): The violent outbreak that occurred on 10 April, 2010, which resulted in the deaths of 16 protesters and 6 soldiers and injuries to over 800 people, represents losses that […]

PAKISTAN: The High Court is unable to recover a man from illegal military detention after 15 months

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that a man is still missing fifteen months after his arrest by plain clothed intelligence agents, and despite admissions by officials that he is in custody. Although the Supreme Court has made strong efforts to address the issue of disappearances in Pakistan it remains unable […]

INDIA: Manipur police kill another in extra-judicial circumstances

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information concerning the illegal arrest and alleged murder of another person by state police. It is widely suspected that his killing was part of a combined operation between the Manipur State Police Commando Unit and officers of the 21 Assam Rifles (AR).  CASE DETAILS:  On […]

UPDATE (Burma): New fraudulent criminal case lodged against released human rights defender

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received news that a human rights defender who was released from jail in September is facing a new criminal trial under the same charges. She served more than a year in jail because of complaints she made against local officials, but is facing another trial along […]

BURMA: Nine people imprisoned on confessions obtained from torture

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has already issued an open letter on the case of Dr. Wint Thu and eight other people who in December 2009 were given long jail terms for alleged offences against the state in Burma after they were tortured into giving confessions that the police used in court. […]

BURMA: Activist due to be sentenced over alleged bombing plot

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been closely following the case of democracy activist Kyaw Zaw Lwin, whom the military regime in Burma has accused of involvement in a bombing plot. Authorities at the airport arrested him in September 2009 and he has been tried for a number of offences but none […]

PAKISTAN: Military Undermines Government on Human Rights

(New York, January 21, 2010) — Pakistan’s military actively undermined the civilian government’s human rights agenda in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today in its new World Report 2010. The 612-page report, the organization’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights trends in more than 90 nations and territories […]

PAKISTAN: A military coup is unfolding

in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan, one that will have adverse consequences for Western troops deployed in Afghanistan. A year after rogue elements of Pakistan’s intelligence services disrupted Indian-Pakistani peace […]