Threats and intimidation

CAMBODIA: Village head disperses villagers; prevents Member of Parliament from meeting with them

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the alleged threat to a Member of Parliament (MP) who was prevented from holding a meeting with villagers by the village head of Tuk Lich village, Siemreap province on 26 February 2008. The MP organised the meeting to listen to the villagerÂ’s complaints […]

SRI LANKA: Alleged torture and laying false charges against family members by Kolonne police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the alleged torture of a man and false charges being made against him and his family members by the Kolonne police on 16 December 2007. The police severely assaulted him at the time of arrest and then arbitrarily arrested other family members who […]

UPDATE (Burma): Family and human rights defenders threatened over complaint

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that since our appeal on the case of a child soldier who was jailed in 2005 (AHRC-UAC-016-2008) a number of persons involved in the case have been threatened by local authorities. His aunt, who made the complaint, is under watch, and two people […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Colleague of murdered bishop receives death threats

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that another colleague of the late Bishop Alberto Ramento of the Philippine Independent Church (PIC), a prominent human rights defender murdered in October 2006, has been receiving renewed threats to his life over his mobile phone. The sender of the SMS also claims they […]

SRI LANKA: Kandy police are threatening a torture victim to leave the area

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Kandy police have been threatening a man to leave the area when he returned to Kandy in 2007 since last September. The man was a torture victim and released from the prison due to lots of intervention in 2000. After his return to […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Renewed surveillance on a priest facing threats

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that a priest, Rev. Eleuterio J. Revollido, whom we reported to have been facing continuing threats, has once again been experiencing surveillance. In the testimony he had written, Rev. Eleuterio has said that on several occasions from November 29 to December 7 unknown […]

CAMBODIA: Journalist receives death threats from government official after exposing his neglect of duties

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that a journalist working for Koh Santepheap newspaper, Try Vantha, 46, has been threatened by a senior official of the social affairs department in Preah Vihear province. On 13 November 2007, Try was in a restaurant where the official, Kim Thany, was also present. While […]

CAMBODIA: A military police officer threatened a woman journalist in Kompong Thom province

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding threat of a journalist by military police captain on 27 November 2007. The journalist was interviewing with military police commander Lork Vong of Sandan district in Kampong Thom province regarding a brawl involving two military police officers. While the journalist was interviewing, a […]

INDIA: Human rights activist facing threats for reporting cases in Uttar Pradesh

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) regarding the recent threats to Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, the convener of the PVCHR in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh state. It is reported that Dr. Lenin has been receiving calls over his telephone from unidentifiable telephone numbers […]

SRI LANKA: Kalutara North police illegally arrested and detained a man

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the illegal arrest and detention of a man by Kalutara North police on 12 November 2007. He lodged a complaint but instead he was detained as a counter measure to harass or frighten him without any inquiry being made into his own complaint. […]

UPDATE(Cambodia): Copies of magazine confiscated and publisher hides due to the fear of retaliation

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the police arbitrarily confiscated all copies of a magazine without the court’s decision in Phnom Penh and the provinces on 1 November 2007 in Cambodia. Whilst the police are repressing the freedom of expression, it is reported that Mr. Lem Pichpisey, a publisher […]

SRI LANKA: No investigation after Piliyandala police assault a man

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Piliyandala police beat a man on 27 September 2007. It was only after the victim produced a letter from the office of a government minister that a high ranking officer at the station allowed him to lodge a complaint. However no investigation […]

UPDATE (Nepal): Another two cases of torture perpetrated by the same members of the Morang Police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from reliable sources concerning another two cases of torture allegedly perpetrated by the same three members of the Morang District Police Office, Balram Yadav, Shyam Chaudhary and Rajendra Mehata. CASE DETAILS: Mohammad Jabbar Miya, 19, owns a meat shop at Devkota Chowk, Biratnagar Municipality […]

PAKISTAN: Higher police officers have impunity in the torture case of a French researcher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed from Pakistan Women’s Lawyer’s Association that the police in Pakistan have been involved in beating, torturing and threatening a French researcher on 20 September 2007 and have not been charged. While no action has been taken against them, the police officials threaten local journalists […]

NEPAL: Three members of the Morang police engaged in serial torture

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from reliable sources concerning two cases of torture allegedly committed by the same perpetrators from the Morang District Police Office in Nepal on 4 and 10 September 2007 respectively. The AHRC has also received another two cases of torture by these persons that it […]

SRI LANKA: Kalutara South police tortured a man in order to fabricate charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the prolonged and brutally torture of a man by the Kalutara South police, Sri Lanka on 14 October 2007. The police took him to the police station where started assaulting with a wooden baton, suffocating him by slamming water from a hosepipe onto […]

UPDATE (Philippines): Four activists facing continuing threats under surveillance

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of yet another incident whereby four activists, two of them were reported by us to have already been threatened a year ago, were kept under surveillance by unidentified men on 20 September 2007 in Angeles City. They had just finished a press conference […]

NEPAL: Journalist abducted by Maoists, whereabouts still unknown

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from reliable sources in Nepal that a journalist Mr. Birendra Shah was abducted by the members of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) on October 5, 2007 from Pipra Bazaar, Kalaiya, in Bara district. It is reported that he was abducted for writing news […]

PAKISTAN: Chief Justice of a provincial High Court was threatened by a ruling party

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from reliable sources that several judges including the Chief Justice, of the Sindh High Court were threatened by a ruling political party in General MusharrafÂ’s government on accepting the bail applications of several arrested lawyers on 29 September 2007. There were a variety of […]

SRI LANKA: A 17-year-old schoolboy victimized by education and policing institutions of a failing system

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the alleged assault and arbitrary deprivation of a 17-year-old schoolboy’s right to education by his school principal for more than 4 months, despite education department directives to the contrary. When his parents complained to the police, they were threatened and pressurized by the […]