Press Releases

You can filter the articles by the following criteria.

ASIA/HONG KONG: AHRC supports petition to suspend levy of all foreign helper’s contracts

(Hong Kong, July 25, 2008)  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) supports a petition seeking the suspension of a levy, not only for new but for existing contracts of Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH...

SRI LANKA: Trinity College teacher is illegally arrested and tortured

(Hong Kong, July 23, 2007) On March 11, 2008 Shanthigara Suresh Kumar of 21 A, Kandy Road, Balagolla, a teacher at Trinity College Kandy was illegally arrested and detained. Mr. Shanthigara has compla...

PHILIPPINES: Responses to Abadilla Five case reveals judicial delay a shared experience

(Hong Kong, July 2, 2008) Random interviews conducted by a researcher for the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) have revealed that the plight of the Abadilla Five is a shared experience and common ...

SRI LANKA: Human rights organisations mark the Day in Support of Victims of Torture

(Hong Kong, June 27, 2008) Several human rights organisations held meetings and other activities to highlight the problem of torture and the sufferings of the torture victims in several locations in S...

SRI LANKA: Death threats to petitioners to Supreme Court

(Hong Kong, June 23, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today wrote to the Sri Lankan authorities to provide protection to a family facing death threats to force them to withdraw their pet...

PHILIPPINES: Abadilla Five writes pleading for “compassion and help”

(Hong Kong, June 17, 2008) Marking their twelfth year in jail, the Abadilla Five writes pleading for “compassion and help” to a known Filipino Catholic priest and others expressing concern...

CAMBODIA: Petition for an end to land grabbing in Cambodia

(Hong Kong, June 12, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has today launched an online petition to urge the prime minister of Cambodia to end land grabbing for development projects or other ...

PHILIPPINES: Abadilla Five marks 12 years in jail

(Hong Kong, June 12, 2008) Twelve years ago tomorrow, Colonel Rolando Abadilla, an influential police colonel during the regime of late President Ferdinand Marcos, was murdered. His murder resulted in...

PHILIPPINES: AHRC begins blog documenting various forms of arbitrary killings

(Hong Kong, May 26, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has launched today a campaign blog which documents cases involving various forms of arbitrary deprivation of life in the Philippines....

UN: Sri Lanka’s Defeat a Victory for Human Rights Council

UN Vote Upholds Council Membership Standards on Rights (New York, May 21, 2008) – UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lank...

BURMA: Human rights lawyer honoured with award

(Hong Kong, May 23, 2008) A lawyer in Burma has been awarded a prestigious European human rights award in recognition of his struggle for labour rights under extremely adverse conditions. U Aye Myint,...

PHILIPPINES: Appellants invoke UN’s decision holding government responsible for delay

(Hong Kong, May 13, 2008) The lawyers for the Abadilla Five, have invoked, as addendums to their Petition for Review on Certiorari, a decision by the United Nation Human Rights Committee, finding the ...

PHILIPPINES: Lawyers seek to nullify Abadilla Five’s conviction

(Hong Kong, May 5, 2008) The legal counsels of the Abadilla Five has filed today a Petition for Review before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to declare as “null and void” a decision by the Court of ...

SRI LANKA: AG told to appeal in the Gerald Perera torture case

(Hong Kong, April 9, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission has written to the Attorney General of Sri Lanka requesting him to appeal against the judgement of the Negombo High Court delivered on 2nd ...

PHILIPPINES: Bishop’s intervention sought for a sick detainee

(Hong Kong, March 27, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday has sought the intervention of a Catholic bishop in the case of an ailing detainee, one of the Abadilla Five, who fears for h...

THAILAND: Angkhana urges UN on missing husband, torture

(Hong Kong, March 12, 2008) The wife of abducted Thai human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit on Tuesday spoke to the United Nations about his continued disappearance, and presented a report on tortu...

SRI LANKA: Arrest and torture of journalists

(Hong Kong, March 11, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission has written to the UN Rapporteur on Torture seeking his intervention regarding several Sri Lankan journalists after receiving reliable inf...

THAILAND: Blog campaign launched on national rights body

(Hong Kong, March 4, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched a blog campaign to raise debate on the appointment of new members to Thailand’s national human rights body. The H...

THAILAND: Victims have “no confidence” to pursue cases against police without security, investigators told

(Hong Kong, February 22, 2008) The wife of abducted human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit and three victims of police torture on Friday told investigators that they have “no confidence”...

REPUBLIC OF KOREA: Keep rights body independent, petitioners urge

(Hong Kong, January 30, 2008) Hundreds of people from around the world are signing a petition demanding that the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) be kept independent. “Many peop...