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CAMBODIA: The Violation of the Union Development Group Co. LTD (Union) against villagers in Botumsakor and Kirisakor Districts, Koh Kong Province

A Statement from Cambodian Civil Society Organisations forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission We, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) underwriting this statement, condemn the repeated and ongoi...

SRI LANKA: Press Release by Lawyers for Democracy

A Statement from Lawyers for Democracy, Sri Lanka. forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission “Lawyers for Democracy” views with deep concern the death of Marimuttu Manoj, a youth from Talawak...

PAKISTAN: Enforced and involuntary disappearances are continuing unabated in many Asian countries-HRCP

A Statement from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Lahore, February 04, 2015: The international conference on disappearances in Asia, held in Islam...

WORLD: Western elite isn’t really interested in democracy unless its friends win – Jakob von Uexkull

“The idea that after the fall of the USSR we would have this liberal democracy spreading around the world was of course naive but, in many cases, these are issues of power. We have a Western elite t...

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 62

This week’s special episode on Sri Lanka brings you an exclusive interview with Basil Fernando, Director for Policy and Programme Development at the Asian Human Rights Commission. Mr Fernando has ju...

SRI LANKA: An Interview with Basil Fernando on Good Governance

Today, (6th February 2015) the Rupavahini, TV channel in Sri Lanka, telecast a one hour interview with Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission in its early morning programme ‘Ayubowan ...

NEPAL: Torture victim threatened by Army Officer

Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding continuing threats to torture victim Padam Bahadur Khadka, who was 14 years old at the time of the original in...

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka must address its past before it can move on

An interview published in the UCA News, Thailand forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Prominent Sri Lankan rights lawyer Basil Fernando was effectively forced from his homeland amid mounting...

SRI LANKA: Solution to increasing crime is effective policing, not re-imposition of the death sentence

The media has reported a speech made by the new Minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa wherein the Minister has stated that everything will be done to curb the increase in crime including, if necessar...

SRI LANKA: Will and capacity to curb corruption, true test of independence

The 67th anniversary of the declaration of independence will take place as a hopeful event. The defeat of the repressive and corrupt Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and the resolution of the crisis of judic...

BURMA/MYANMAR: Students demand for a democratic education system

A Statement from the Burmese Students in Hong Kong forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission We, the Burmese students in Hong Kong, stand by our fellow students in Myanmar(Burma), who are now cou...

NEPAL: Family thrashes woman for marrying a Dalit

Dear Friends, The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) that Mrs. Sangita Lama Pariyar (21), resident of Ward 4, Padhmapur Village Development Committee (VDC...

ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 61

This week’s episode of Weekly Roundup brings you stories from across Asia The episode begins in Sri Lanka where the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is being reinstated and the recent de...

NEPAL: Police in Dang District tortured minors leaving one with a broken leg

Dear friends, The Terai Human Rights Defenders (THRD) Alliance in Nepal has informed the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) that police have tortured 16-year-old Prakash Gharti Magar and his friends...

THAILAND: Two-year anniversary of conviction of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk amidst ongoing constriction of freedom of expression

On 23 January 2013 the Criminal Court in Bangkok convicted Somyot Prueksakasemsuk of two violations of Article 112 of the Criminal Code. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is a long-time labour rights activist an...

WORLD: Independence of judiciary is restored in Sri Lanka

Dr. Shirani Bandaranayke returned to the Supreme Court, and was warmly welcomed by all the judges of the Supreme Court and other courts, today January 28, 2015 The Asian Human Rights Commission is ple...

BANGLADESH: Stop disappearances and extrajudicial executions

Enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions are on the rise amidst the political crisis in Bangladesh. At least nine people including two women have been disappeared, and seven men extrajudic...

PAKISTAN: Anti-Torture Bill presented in Senate will fail to deliver

On 21 January, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics has unanimously adopted a draft anti-torture bill. PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar moved The Torture, Custodial Death and Custodia...

SOUTH KOREA: How can we expect the NHRCK which blames civil society rather than stepping up its efforts for improvement fulfill its mandates as a NHRI?

For more information or inquiries, please contact Ms. Eun-ji KANG by email (khis21[at]hanmail.net) from Korean House for International Solidarity. – Chairperson Hyun Byung-cheol should reflect o...