Threats and intimidation

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 […]

UPDATE(Indonesia): Continuing threat on the head of the Human Rights Commission in Papua; soldier threatens to kill a priest

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern regarding the continuing threat and lack of protection to Mr. Albert Rumbekwan, head of the National Human Rights Commission’s (Komnas HAM) office in Papua. On September 23 unidentified persons broke into Rumbekwan’s house. It is believed this was yet another incident in the […]

THAILAND: Court dismisses case against protesters; prosecution should cease pursuing innocent persons

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is pleased to inform you that a court in Thailand has dismissed an appeal against 20 persons who were arrested for demonstrating against a pipeline project. The court held that the group was exercising their freedom of assembly which was protected under the abrogated 1997 Constitution. Another […]

NEPAL: Continuing impunity for policemen that tortured a school teacher

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you of the continuing failure by the authorities to take adequate action against the policemen involved in torturing a school teacher following his arrest on August 23, 2007. The victim, Siya Ram Gachaedar, was taken for questioning to Haraicha Area Police Station (APO), Haraich […]

UPDATE (Bangladesh): A human rights defender is implicated with the alleged false charges

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned that Mr. Jahangir Alam Akashi, a journalist, as well as a human rights defender based on Rajshahi city, has been implicated with an alleged false extortion charge on 28 August 2007. The charge against Mr. Akashi is based on a complaint lodged by Mr. […]

UPDATE(Burma): Human rights defender sentenced to three years in jail for “illegal tuition”

Dear friends, Further to our most recent update on Burma from last week, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that another human rights defender in Burma has been sentenced to jail for three years on the pretext of giving illegal tuition. As described in the previous appeal (UP-105-2007), Ko Min Min […]

SRI LANKA: Man severely tortured by the Badureliya police; Court denies medical examination of torture victim

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the torture, illegal arrest and detention and the fabrication of charges of a 42-year-old man by the police. He was brutally tortured and denied medical treatment. His lawyer informed court about the torture but despite of the threat to his life the Magistrate […]