Transitional Justice

INDIA: Change from within requires empathy

Article | India | 23-04-2018

Sachin Kumar Jain Today’s society does not need isolated sympathy. It needs empathy; to feel the other by planting ourselves in their circumstances. To see what their eyes are seeing, hear what their ears are listening to, feel their fears and joys, successes and failures. Empathy is not a miracle, but a way to feel […]

INDIA: The fight for gender equality in the Indian Navy

Article | India | 18-10-2017

By Madhavi Gopalakrishnan* In August this year, proceedings were initiated to discharge Sabi Giri, a sailor with the Indian Navy, on grounds that she had undergone sex reassignment surgery in the previous year. Sabi, who had joined the Navy as an 18-year-old, had felt uncomfortable with her gender identity for some time; in October 2016, she […]

INDONESIA: Anti-terror unit should be evaluated in wake of suicide bombing

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the suicide bombing and explosion in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, Indonesia, which killed five persons and injured 10. Three police officers and two alleged perpetrators died in the blast. In the last one year, the suicide bombing in Kampung Melayu is the second such incident. Earlier, there was a […]

SRI LANKA: Right to Information and Batticaloa women : Hypothesis vs Reality

An Article on “Right to Information and Batticaloa women : Hypothesis vs Reality” by Radika Gunaratna , published in the Daily Mirror issue of 20 April 2017, forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission By Radika Gunaratna, Attorney-at-Law, Human Rights and RTI Activist Yet, it is still questionable whether citizens from all corners felt the […]

AHRC TV: UN to probe Rohingya abuse in Burma and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 165

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where the UN has agreed to ‘urgently’ dispatch an investigation team to probe the abuse amounting to war crimes against the Rohingya Muslim minority. According to the resolution adopted by consensus, the investigators must provide an oral update in September, and a full report by this time next […]

AHRC TV: Calls for UN envoy to be appointed for Balochistan and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 163

This week Just Asia begins with calls by activists for a UN special rapporteur to be appointed to look into deteriorating human rights in Balochistan. Leading the protest outside the UN office in Geneva, Baloch activist Mehran Marri said the past 4-5 months had seen a particular low, with the abduction and disappearance of women […]

PAKISTAN: One step forward, two steps backward in the march towards real democracy

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day This year’s theme for the Human Rights Day is ‘Stand up for someone’s rights today! The statement could not be better suited to what is happening in Pakistan, where human rights defenders are being increasingly targeted for speaking out. Branded […]

NEPAL: Unceasing choreography of injustice

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day Just like 2015 and the years prior, 2016 has been no different in terms of human rights, rule of law, and functioning of justice institutions in Nepal. Rather, the legacy of human rights and justice institution collapse has remained intact, […]

INDONESIA: Two years under Widodo and rights protection still weak

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of Human Rights Day Commemorating Human Rights Day every December 10 reminds us of the importance of human rights protection, which is still lacking in Indonesia. In the last two years, under President Joko Widodo’s administration, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has observed […]

WORLD: Asian Charter on Human Rights – it’s significance and purpose

Statement | World | 02-09-2016

On 17th March 1998, the Asian Human Rights Charter, or the People’s Charter, was launched in Gwangju City. The work for the Charter was the exclusive initiative of the Asian Human Rights Commission, supported by hundreds of organisations and a large number of individuals. All the supporting organisations were named in the back cover of […]

NEPAL: Political parties choreograph transitional injustice

Statement | Nepal | 13-05-2016

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned about the recent political move in Nepal. The political parties have ganged up to undermine the ongoing transitional justice process, to flout the verdict of the Supreme Court of Nepal – on how those involved in crimes committed in the conflict period can be given amnesty, and […]

WORLD: Remembering Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer – Latest issue of Torture Magazine

( Hong Kong , 08 February 2016)“His judgement in the Indira Gandhi case in 1975 was controversial, and earned him both accolades and criticism. Krishna Iyer’s judgement snowballed the political crisis leading to the imposition of the emergency,”  Justice G.S. Singhvi, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India noted in his summary of one of the […]

NEPAL: Apply Panchsheel on Nepal

An article from The Hindu forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission No other term but ‘dismay’ can describe one’s response to New Delhi’s ungenerous reply toNepal’s democratic drafting of a Constitution through a Constituent Assembly. The Ministry of External Affairs merely ‘took note’ of the document, and followed that up a day later with a […]

BANGLADESH: Judicial harassment against free speech defenders continues

A Press Release from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organisation Against Torture (Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture;OMCT) forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) PRESS RELEASE – THE OBSERVATORY BANGLADESH: Judicial harassment against free speech defenders continues Paris-Geneva, August 14, 2015 – The three-year prison sentence handed down to Mr. Mahmudur Rahman yesterday morning by […]

PAKISTAN: No place for slum dwellers

In urban planning, slums are thought of as a tumor; an alien growth that can risk the overall development of an urban mega project. The notion ignores the fact that the labor force needed to materialize the urban dream often comes from this underbelly, which provides shelter to lives lived in the shadow of ostentation. […]

INDIA: Stop Meghalaya Government from buying time for coal mine owners

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information that the Meghalaya state government has placed an application before the National Green Tribunal to extend the date of transportation and payment of royalty on coal. This application has been made despite the government and mine owners having had one entire year to clear out […]

NEPAL: Refrain From Supporting Government Until Flaws in TRC Act are Amended

Statement | Nepal | 11-07-2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) objects to the remarks made by the Government of Nepal that it is not going to amend the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Act. The Act was adopted on 4 May 2014, despite it being in contravention of the 2 January 2014 Supreme Court directives. The government has argued […]

NEPAL: Recently passed Truth & Reconciliation Law is a mockery of the rule of law and transitional justice process

Statement | Nepal | 15-05-2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses its concern over the recently passed Truth and Reconciliation Law in Nepal. The law violates international standards, the Supreme Court verdict of January 2, 2014, and also the Interim Constitution and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of Nepal itself. The last time the government came up with the […]

NEPAL: Transitional justice is not an excuse for mass amnesty

Statement | Nepal | 02-04-2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the move of the Nepal government to form a taskforce that will draft new bills related to transitional justice. The expert team has been given 10 days to submit new drafts on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Enforced Disappearances (CED). A year ago, […]

THAILAND: Danger to political freedom following attack on historian

On 12 February 2014, assailants fired repeated gunshots and threw homemade bombs at the home and car of Professor Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a history professor at Thammasat University and outspoken political and cultural critic. The attack took place during the day and Professor Somsak was at home when it occurred. Although he did not sustain any […]