Threats and intimidation

UPDATE (Cambodia): Reporter receives death threat after revealing illegal logging in Kompong Thom province

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that on 16 June 2007, a Radio Free Asia reporter, Lem Pichpisey, who is also known by his on-air pseudonym, Lem Piseth, 38, received a death threat through his mobile phone after he reported on the illegal logging activities and massive deforestation in Kompong Thom […]

INDONESIA: Alleged threats to lawyers in Medan by military personnel

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the public threats on two advocates from the Medan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Medan) by six members of the Indonesia Armed Forces (TNI-AD) on 5 June 2007, during a court trial at Pancur Batu State Court. It is reported that the military personnel […]

SRI LANKA: Alleged torture and fabrication of charges of a man by the Katadeniyawa police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by the alleged torture and fabrication of charges against a man by the Kotadeniyawa police. According to the information from the Human Rights Citizens Committee in Gampha district, Mr. T.G. Chaminda Weerawardene, who resides in Divulapitiya, Negombo district was illegally arrested on 2 June […]

NEPAL: Human rights defender threatened for publishing book on violations by the military

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about threats to which human rights defender Mr. Jitman Basnet of Solukhumbu District, Nepal, was subjected on May 21, 2007, giving rise to serious concerns for his physical and psychological integrity. Mr. Basnet was arrested on February 4, 2004 by plain-clothed army personnel from […]

UPDATE (Nepal): Continuing threats and harassment by Maoists of a girl and her mother

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about continuing threats, including death threats, and harassment allegedly being perpetrated by members of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) (CPN-M) against 13-year-old school girl Sarita (name changed for her security) and her mother in Baglung district, Nepal. Since March 2007 the two victims […]

SRI LANKA: A man was brutally tortured and denied food by a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) officer

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the inhuman treatment by the police towards a 29-year-old man, Mr. B Sumith Priyantha Fernando, on 26 March 2007. Mr. Fernando was illegally arrested, detained and was subsequently brutally tortured by a police officer, Officer- in Charge (OIC) of the Special Investigation Unit […]

INDIA: Alleged torture of a man by police and continuous intimidation to victim by Communist Party of India (Marxist) activists

[NOTICE: To facilitate your intervention of the urgent appeals issued by the AHRC, we have developed a new automatic letter-sending system using the “button” below. However, in this appeal, we could not include e-mail addresses of all the Indian authorities. We encourage you to send your appeal letters via fax or post to those people. Fax numbers and […]

NEPAL: Four human rights abuse cases alleged done by Maoists

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed by a reliable source of four cases relating to intimidation and assaults allegedly committed by the Maoists. Details of each case are described below. At the present stage, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) (CPN (M)) formally ended the armed conflict in the country […]

INDIA: A family threatened by extortionists and the local police refusing to take any action

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our local partner MASUM, based in West Bengal that a family is facing continuous threat from extortionists and that the local police is refusing to take any action in the case. Mr. Monoranjan Ghosh, the head of the family was assaulted several times […]

INDIA: Apparent police inaction into the alleged constant assaults and threats against a man

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from its local partner MASUM, a human rights organization in West Bengal, India, about the apparent police inaction into the alleged constant assault and threats against a man named Mr. Susanta Mondal. Since 2005, the victim and his family members have been harassed and […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Subsequent pressure by Ambalangoda police to the torture victims continues

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information about the alleged subsequent pressure to teenage torture victims Alagiyawadu Lakmal Chathuranga and L.P. Pradeep Kumarage, who were tortured in a most inhuman and degrading manner by the Ambalangoda police on 7 August 2004. The victims were released on 9 August 2004, and […]

UPDATE (Bangladesh): Continuous police harassment of tortured women: Grave concern for her safety

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned about the security of Mrs. Shahin Sultana Santa, a torture victim who was brutally attacked by the police of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on 12 March 2006. According to the latest information, Mrs. Santa has been implicated with fabricated criminal charges by both […]

NEPAL: Torture victim keeps facing death threats by the local police authorities in Kalikot district

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information about alleged torture and death threats of Mr. Puradi Prasad Pandey of Kalikot district, Nepal, from December 2006 to the present. The victim was allegedly arrested by the police members of District Police Office (DPO), Kalikot three times on the charge of being suspect […]

BANGLADESH: Extreme torture, child abuse and an extrajudicial killing in Bangladesh as Navy runs rampant

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received shocking information from local human rights group ODHIKAR regarding the murder of Mr. Khabirul Islam Dulal, Commissioner of Ward No. 6 of the Char Fashion Municipality in Bhola district, allegedly caused by a brutal assault by naval officers on 20 February 2007. Mr. Dulal was […]

NEPAL: Assault and threat of a policeman by senior police officers at District Police Office in Surkhet

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Surendra Thapa was severely beaten up by senior police officers of the District Police Office (DPO), Surkhet district in Nepal on 15 October 2007. After he disclosed this incident to the public, he has faced constant threats of dismissal from his job. […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Further intimidation faced by torture victim J.V. Saman Priyankara from Matale

[Re: UP-80-2005: SRI LANKA:  Further death threats to torture victim J.V. Saman Priyankara from Matale ; UP-74-2005: SRI LANKA: Torture victim Priyankara received death threats again and urgent witness protection is required; UP-37-2004: A Kandy coordinator of National Police Commission allegedly cooperates with torture perpetrators; UP-34-2004: Priyankara brutally assaulted and arrested with no access to […]

INDIA: Attack on John P Abraham, and Adivasis Tribal People

Dear Friends, INDIA: Attack on John P Abraham and Adivasis Tribal People We need your help to prevent any further personal attack on John P Abraham, and to show solidarity with his cause to help the advisasis tribal people in India. Thank you. Urgent Appeals Desk Asian Human Rights Commission Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 […]

PHILIPPINES: Surveillance on a labour leader in Laguna

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan, a local labour organization in Laguna province, about the surveillance and harassment on labour leader Hermenegildo Marasigan. Marasigan, national president of Organized Labor Association in Line Industries and Agriculture- Kilusang Mayo Uno (Olalia-KMU), have […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Immediate protection needed for Mr. J.C. Weliamuna with impartial investigation for grenade attack

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward the appeal sent to the President of Sri Lanka and the president of the Bar Association by Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation based in the Netherlands on 7 October 2008. This appeal is in regard to the recent grenade attack against Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, […]

BANGLADESH: Human rights defender, Mr FMA Razzak, in a critical condition in hospital following abduction and brutal attack

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from Front Line regarding the deadly attack on human rights defender FMA Razzak and gouging his eyes and seriously fracturing his hand and leg by the family of an army major of Bangladesh. The appeal is available at: http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/15038 . For more information, please […]