Victims assistance & protection

INDIA: Police term custodial death of woman as suicide

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information about a woman, Ms. Victoria Dayoun Kharkongor, being found dead inside the toilet of the Dispur Police Station in Guwahati on 5 July 2015. The police claim that she was mentally ill and hung herself inside the toilet. According to the preliminary police reports, Ms. […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture victims mark Anti-Torture day with poetry, music and painting

(Hong Kong, June 26, 2015) Torture victims and their families will mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture today, through art and literature; by reciting their poems, singing their own compositions, and painting live murals. Through art, local event organizer Defend Job Philippines, hopes they could draw attention to the lack of […]

INDIA: Minor tortured in police custody in Madhya Pradesh

The AHRC has received information about the torture of a minor in custody at Kotwali Police Station, Katni, Madhya Pradesh. A video has been recently broadcasted in different national news networks in India displaying actions of the police, who were seeking to extract a confession from Ravi, a minor, by visciously torturing him in the […]

INDIA: Burgeoning Violence in Manipur

Dear Friends, The AHRC has received information about deepening cycles of violence in Manipur. A 12-year-old boy, Bishal, has been subjected to torture by the Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF), a militant group based in Manipur. KRF suspected Bishal to be the member of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), another Valley-based insurgent group. This act of torture […]

INDIA: A police officer brutally assaulted in Manipur

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information about a police officer, Mr Amitabh Singh Arambam.  He was brutally beaten by the security contingent of the Manipur Assembly Speaker, while he was on his way home with his wife and children.  Mr Amitabh Singh Arambam is known for his honesty and integrity at […]

INDIA: Wife gang-raped by husband’s friends in Kerala; police stonewall victim

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission has received information from Nervazhi, a human rights organisation based in Thrissur District of the Indian state of Kerala concerning the case of Mary (name changed) who was gang-raped by her husband’s friends. Mary struggled to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators with the local police. The police […]

INDIA: Government might as well have legalised child labour

Misleading media headlines like “Govt. proposes complete ban on child labour till 14 years” notwithstanding, the Cabinet’s nod to amendments in the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012, is a hoodwink that will push more children into hazardous work, something the government claims it opposes.  The Cabinet has decided to ban employment of […]

NEPAL: Let natural disaster not be compounded by State failure

Statement | Nepal | 13-05-2015

Another earthquake, this one with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale, struck Nepal on 12 May. It has led to 65 deaths and counting, adding to the more than 8,000 lives lost since the first earthquake hit Nepal two weeks ago on 25 April 2015. Tuesday’s earthquake was centred about 76 km (47 […]

INDIA: Student Tortured in Police Station

Dear Friends, The AHRC has received information about the torture of a young man by the police authority of Pavaratty Police Station in Kerala. Aslamuddin, a young man of 18 years, studying at Venmanad School in Kerala, was riding his bike through the Chuku Bazaar Road along with his friends, Avinash and Jamshir. According to […]

INDIA: A man from Bihar crippled after 7-year ordeal under the Police Authority of Kerala

Dear friends, The AHRC has received information from Nervazhi, a local human rights organisation, regarding the brutal torture done under the police custody of various police stations in Kerala. The man tortured is Mr. Martim P.A. who was tortured in a way that has crippled him. A series of unfortunate events occurred in the life […]

SRI LANKA: Benedict Selvaraj – arrested, assaulted, and forced to confess

Dear Friends, According to information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission, Mr. Benedict Selvaraj, a mason living in Hantana Estate, Kandy has been assaulted, arrested and threatened with torture by police officers attached to the Crime Branch of the Kandy Police. Benedict has been arrested and later assaulted during a church procession in full […]

NEPAL: Police use waterboarding to extract confession

Dear Friends, The Advocacy Forum (AF) in Nepal has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) about the alleged police torture of Mr. Munna Lal Yadav. Munna has been arrested on the fake charge of killing Tirtha Ram Yadav. Following his arrest the police allegedly beat him with plastic pipes on the soles of his […]

INDONESIA: Mr. Indra Pelani, a Land Rights activist brutally murdered in Jambi

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the persecution, kidnapping, and premeditated murder of Mr. Indra Pelani (22), an activist of a local peasant group, in Pelayang Tebat Village, Lubuk Mandrasah Sub-District, Tebo Regency, Jambi Province, Indonesia. The AHRC notes that the murder of Indra constitutes premeditated murder, considering the […]

SRI LANKA: Police refuse to conduct criminal investigation due to political influence

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. J M Piyathilaka, who is a social activist and a member of the Justice of the Peace (JP.), was assaulted in public by three people at a restaurant at Jaffna Junction in Anuradhapura on 21 February 2015. He lodged a complaint at Police […]

SRI LANKA: New government lacks credible strategy for eliminating corruption

One of the promises of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, as common candidate at the last presidential election, was the elimination of corruption, i.e. something the last government was steeped in. Elimination of corruption is therefore a major objective of his newly elected government. His catchwords were Yaha palanaya (good governance), which itself implies radical elimination of corruption. Today, […]

SRI LANKA: Independent investigation needed for Sameera’s extrajudicial killing

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has detailed information on the killing of Sameera Dananjaya Pathirana (39) in the cell where he was detained in Ja-Ella Police Station. Sameera was illegally arrested on 17 March 2015. Later, police officers admitted him to the Ja-Ella Government Hospital due to his precarious medical condition. Immediately […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Student protesters and their supporters denied legal and medical assistance in Tharawaddy Prison

Students and their supporters detained in Tharawaddy Prison continue to be denied access to lawyers. In addition, the authorities have refused medical assistance for the detainees that are injured. Thus, the government continues its persecution of the Burmese students who have taken a stand against the government’s plan with respect to education. The background to […]

NEPAL: Inescapable truths

March 24 marks the fifth annual International Day for the Right to Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this day in 2010 to honor the memory of victims and recognize the work of countless human rights activists around the world who have devoted […]

SRI LANKA: Efficient police investigation needed into the murder of two business people with protection for victims and witnesses in the case

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information, that a business couple from Meetiyagoda, in the Galle District, had been brutally murdered in broad daylight, in cold blood by a criminal gang. Previously, they repeatedly lodged complaints with the police requesting an investigation and protection from the criminal actions of these gangs. […]

PHILIPPINES: Yet another questionable murder case filed against an arbitrarily detained activist

On December 10, 2014, we wrote about Renante Gamara, a labour activist, who was tortured and detained on fabricated charges. He was expecting a decision from the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Taguig City on his pending appeal to have charges against him dismissed. Gamara was arrested on April 3, 2012 in Las Pinas City, […]