Victims assistance & protection

SRI LANKA: HRCSL is increasingly becoming farcical

The public information on the situation of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) became even more confused with the statement made by one of the commissioners, D. Jayawickrama who was quoted in the Sunday Island, July 30, 2006.   Mr. Jayawickrama stated that the reason the Commission had stopped proceedings in the inquiries […]

THAILAND: Attempt to abduct human rights commissioner should be of grave concern for diplomatic community

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing to you further to open letters to the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand, Lawyers Council of Thailand and Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva on the need for a concerted response to the alleged attempt to abduct Vasant Panich, NHRC member […]

THAILAND: NHRC must resolutely defend its members or risk their lives and its mandate

The Asian Human Rights Commission is writing to you to express its persistent concern over the alleged attempted abduction on 28 June 2006 of Vasant Panich, a member of your National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand and the head of the Subcommittee on Legislation and Administration of Justice.  The facts of the case, as […]

SRI LANKA: Sixth day of mourning against executive interference into the judiciary and other independent institutions — Sri Lanka is ceasing to be a law based society

The numerous appointments to key national commissions by the executive president, contravening constitutional requirements, are a very clear indication of Sri Lanka’s drift from a law-based society to one in which the law plays a significantly reduced role.  While criticism against presidential actions has pointed to matters including the fact that no person is above […]

INDIA: Snail pace progress at the National Human Rights Commission ?the Commission must accept responsibility

Statement | India | 09-05-2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2006 AS-101-2006 A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission INDIA: Snail pace progress at the National Human Rights Commission the Commission must accept responsibility The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received a communication from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India on 9 May 2006, informing the […]

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission has ceased to function – what will you do about it?

This is to bring to your notice that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, which is your counterpart in that country, has ceased to function as the time of office of the earlier commissioners, chaired by Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, has expired and no new commissioners have been appointed. The power of appointment of the […]

SRI LANKA: Proposal to destroy independence of Sri Lankan HRC must be vehemently opposed

A report in today’s Daily Mirror newspaper of April 3 states that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa “is exploring the possibility of setting up independent commissions under the 17th Amendment, bypassing the now defunct Constitutional Council…” The president is also quoted as having said that he was looking into the possibility of an appointed parliamentary […]

SRI LANKA: Human Rights Commission will cease to function from April

In a news item published in the Island on March 29, 2006 outgoing chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Radhika Coomaraswamy, confirmed that the terms of office of the Commission members would expire on April 3, 2006. Like the other commissions created under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, the Human Rights […]

SRI LANKA: A father of a son extra-judicially killed is threatened with death for pursuing justice

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received the following letter from Dr. K. Manoharan of Trincomalee, whose son was one of five students murdered on 2 January 2006. As we believe that the problems he has raised are of the greatest importance from the point of view of witness protection in Sri […]

NEPAL: Supreme Court ruling on the Royal Commission for Corruption Control and the release of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed

Statement | Nepal | 14-02-2006

The Asian Human Rights Commission welcomes the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday February 13, 2006, which declared the controversial Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) unconstitutional and ordered it to be scrapped immediately. This has paved the way for the release of ousted Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who had […]

UPDATE (Bangladesh): Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in Chapainawabganj

[RE: UP-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Three persons tortured by the Chapainawabganj police; UA-041-2006: BANGLADESH: Eight people killed and at least one hundred injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district; UA-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Two people killed and thirty-five injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district] ———————————– UP-016-2006: BANGLADESH: Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in […]

GENERAL APPEAL (Sri Lanka): Institutional development relating to human rights

Dear friends, You will be aware that Sri Lanka has a new Executive President who was elected on 17 November 2005.  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is issuing this urgent appeal because of the serious constitutional deadlock that has been affecting human rights in Sri Lanka for several months due to the non-appointment of […]

SRI LANKA: One month after the attempted arson on the HRC premises no criminal action taken against any person

The issue of attempted arson to one of the buildings of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka came to be discussed at the 35th Session of the UN Committee against Torture (the Committee) during 10 and 11 of November 2005, in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Sri Lankan Government Delegation (the Delegation) stated to the […]

SRI LANKA: Serious concerns over the lack of an effective official investigation into the attempted arson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka’s headquarters in Colombo

The Asian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) inquiries reveal that no progress has thus far been made by officials investigating the attempted arson of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka headquarters on October 12, 2005. Eight days have now passed and immediate and effective action is required as a matter of urgency. AHRC has […]

INDIA: The role of a human rights commission is not to demoralise human rights defenders

Statement | India | 14-04-2005

On April 11, staff of the West Bengal-based human rights group Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (Masum) went by appointment to raise their concerns over attacks on Gopen Sharma, a local human rights defender, before the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. Gopen Sharma, who was present with one of his children, is being pursued by the […]

NEPAL: A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped by army soldiers from the Eastern Pritana Headquarter, Itahari

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from local human rights groups that a 16-year-old girl (name withheld) was gang-raped by five army soldiers from Eastern Pritana headquarter, Itahari on 10 November 2004. It is also reported that after being raped, the girl was threatened by the army soldiers with their […]

PHILIPPINES: Threats to a key witness and his family for testifying against soldiers involved in the disappearance of six men

Dear friends,   The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal from the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) about the threats on Sgt. Esequias Duyogan and his family.     Sgt. Duyogan is the key witness to the forced disappearance of six men, collectively known as ‘PICOP six’, in […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture of a 17-year-old boy falsely accused of being a member of a kidnap-for-ransom group

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal concerning the torture of a 17-year-old boy, who was falsely accused by soldiers and policemen of being a member of a kidnap-for-ransom group, in Basilan, Mindanao. He is presently detained together with adult offenders in a jail where he was remanded. Asraf Jamiri […]