Women's rights

SRI LANKA: A 13-year-old girl was raped by her father

SRI LANKA: Risk of life; Need protection and counseling for the victim of rape and family by the state ——————————————————————– Sandamalee (13), a student of year 8 was raped by her father (37) on 2nd September 2002. She revealed her story when her mother (34) saw her husband raping her daughter with her own eyes […]

BURMA: Join online petition to stop the rape against ethnic minority group in Burma

The Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) based in Thailand have recently released the report “License to Rape”, which contains 173 cases of rape committed by Burmese troops against the Shan ethnic group in Burma.

INDIA: 10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun

10 years impunity for Convent well murder of young nun INDIA – Impunity for murder ——————————————————————– There is an astounding case regarding a decade of justice denied in Kerala state of India. The 21 year-old body of Sr. Abhaya was found at the bottom of a Convent well in 1992. The Church authorities claimed that […]

THAILAND: Raped by soldier, no investigation – widespread and vicious human rights violations in border area

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that two refugee women from the Karenni minority ethnic group in Burma (Myanmar) were raped by Thai soldiers near their refugee camp on March 17, 2002. The Thai authorities, however, still have not taken any action to investigate this human rights violation. We know that many refugees and illegal migrants from Burma who are living in the border areas or refugee camps have been the victims of various types of human rights violations – assault, murder and rape – but most of these abuses have been neglected by the Thai authorities due to the status of the people from Burma.

INDIA: A case of gang rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl

A case of gang rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl INDIA: Caste based discrimination – a distinct case of racial discrimination on the basis of work and descent; right to life & fair trial and justice; abduction, gang-rape and sexual exploitation against Dalit minor girl ———————————————————– We are shocked to learn that a […]

SRI LANKA: 26 year-old story writer harassed by the Church

The Controversy over SL Catholic Church Action on the short Story, Mary who called Maria, by SL writer Manjula Wediwardene. 

Following is some information about a controversy in Sri Lanka about a short story. The author, Mr. Mangula Wediwarne, 26, has had his books confiscated and may face criminal charges filed by a Catholic priest. A sample letter and contact details are provided so that you can write to the Sri Lankan Attorney-General, who is currently decided whether to try the case. The translation of the controversial short story is included at the end of this appeal for your information. 

SRI LANKA: Press Council condones incitement to rape

URGENT ACTION URGENT ACTION URGENT ACTION URGENT ACTION URGENT  ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME  AHRC UA Index:000607 07 June 2000  ————————————————————————-  UA 27/00: Miscarriage of Justice  SRI LANKA: Press Council condones incitement to rape  —————————————————————————  AHRC is deeply concerned with a recent ruling of the Sri Lankan Press Council regarding the publication […]

INDONESIA/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Kartini sentenced to death by stoning

We have received news of Kartini (full name Karteen Karikander), the Indonesian domestic worker who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery in the United Arab Emirates. Our reliable contact visited Kartini in the United Arab Emirates, as well as her lawyer (she now has one), the attorney and the judge.  Kartini’s sentence is […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Iran): Stoning to death of two women in Iran

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward the appeal received from Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) regarding the sentence of death by stoning of two women in Iran. According to the information received, they were presented without presence of their legal representative during the first trial. In addition, the verdict […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Iran): Ailing female human rights defender Shadi Sadr is beaten and arrested

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal from the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network about the violent abduction and illegal detention of their ailing colleague, human rights lawyer Shadi Sadr. Please join them in calling for her release and for her access to immediate medical treatment. […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Philippines): Groups seek release of a woman and her baby from jail

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an urgent appeal from the Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples (ACPP) in Hong Kong. The ACPP is calling for the immediate release of a woman and her 10-month-old baby who are presently detained at the Mamburao Provincial Jail in Occidental Mindoro, […]