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Collapsed rule of law buries the foundations of human rights: The AHRC International Human Rights Day Statement 2004

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2004, the state of human rights in most countries of Asia is very bleak. Without serious efforts to defend these principles, life in a ...

UPDATE (Thailand): Torture cases transferred to special investigators, but police still free

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is pleased to announce that the two cases of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment recently reported as having occurred in Lumpini (Bangkok) an...

THAILAND: Proposal to introduce national security law in Thailand must be vigorously and unequivocally opposed

The proposal now being discussed within the government of Thailand to introduce a national security law allowing prolonged detention without judicial recourse is an invitation for national disaster. S...

UPDATE (Thailand): Demand immediate criminal action against police torturers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is seriously concerned that some key perpetrators of recent cases of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment in Thailand remain at large, despite...

THAILAND: U.N. expert’s offer to visit a great opportunity for Thailand

Hopefully the Prime Minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, will change his position on a proposed visit to the country by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executio...

UPDATE (Thailand): More serious allegations of police torture emerge in Thailand

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned by information we have received regarding further torture inflicted on victims by police in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. Th...

THAILAND: Two cases of extremely serious torture and cruel and inhuman treatment by Thai police officers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to bring to your attention two recent cases of very serious and gruesome torture and cruel and inhuman treatment by police in Thailand. Ac...

THAILAND: Abuse of workers’ rights at two factories on Thai-Burma border

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our partner, Yaung Chi Oo Workers Association and Map Foundation, regarding the denial of labour rights and inhuman...

THAILAND: What is the public prosecutor doing now?

Many key questions remain to be answered after the mass killing in the south of Thailand on October 25. Above them all, what is the public prosecutor doing about this case? Under section 148 of the Cr...

UPDATE (Thailand): A list of the victims of the mass killing in Narathiwat province; Immediate international intervention needed

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is sending you a list of the names of the victims of the tragic incident in Narathiwat province, southern Thailand, of this October 25, 2004 that...

THAILAND: Questions for the government of Thailand

As details emerge about what happened in Narathiwat province of southern Thailand this October 25, extremely serious questions must now be asked. The first key question is how is it possible that so m...

THAILAND: At least 84 people killed in Southern Thailand

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that at least 84 people died and more than 20 others were injured on 25 October 2004, when the Thai government security ...

THAILAND: Catastrophe in Thailand could have been avoided, must be addressed

The latest mass killing in the south of Thailand is a direct consequence of the intentional and dramatic weakening of controls over the police and armed forces there in the last two years. Despite ala...

UPDATE (Thailand): Update on libel suit against media-reform activist Ms Supinya

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission provides you the updated information below regarding the libel case filed by media conglomerate Shin Corp against a media-reform activist Ms Supinya Kla...

UPDATE (Thailand): Justice Minister responds over case of disappeared lawyer

Dear friends, In response to the previous update on the case of disappeared human rights lawyer Mr Somchai Neelaphaijit, the Thai Minister of Justice, Mr Pongthep Thepkanchana, has defended himself an...

UPDATE (Thailand): Inaction by Thai authorities in investigating the disappearance of Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned by the delay in investigating the disappearance of a prominent human rights lawyer, Mr. Somchai Neelaphaijit, who has been m...

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.)...

ASIA: Centrality of rule of law

On 21 September 2004 Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressed the General Assembly emphasising the primacy of the rule of law over all other factors governing global affairs, be ...

THAILAND: Hunger caused by mass arrest of villagers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned by reports of malnutrition among villagers of the Pang Daeng community, Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai province, after secur...

THAILAND: Thailand’s obsolete criminal defamation law must be scrapped

On Monday, September 6, Supinya Klangnarong will go to court on a charge of criminal defamation arising from an interview printed in the Thai Post newspaper last year; three of its editors are also su...