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SRI LANKA: Police witness to killing of torture victim detained after reversing evidence in court

(Hong Kong, January 29, 2008) A Sri Lankan police witness who went back on previous evidence given in court concerning the killing of a torture victim in Colombo was on Friday himself put in custody. ...

PHILIPPINES: Campaign pushing for prompt review of prisoners’ sentence launched

(Hong Kong, January 22, 2008) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) today is calling upon the justice of an appellate court reviewing the sentences of five prisoners to make his decision before he ...

WORLD/SRI LANKA: A group calls for a broad alliance to fight against lawlessness and corruption

(Hong Kong, January 10, 2008) “Sri Lanka needs a popular mass movement which is not affiliated to any political parties to fight against lawlessness and to re-establish the rule of law” said Mr. J.C...

THAILAND: Resurgent military threatens rights, law

(Hong Kong, December 10, 2007) Resurgent military authoritarianism has greatly undermined the rule of law and human rights in Thailand, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday. In its ...

PAKISTAN: AHRC staff member receives international housing rights award

(Hong Kong, December 5, 2007) Baseer Naveed, senior researcher for South Asia for the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), is the recipient of the 2007 Housing Rights Defender Award presented annuall...

PAKISTAN: AHRC demands to disclose the names of persons still in detention

(Hong Kong, November 21, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges upon the government of Pakistan to disclose the names of judges, lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and politica...

SRI LANKA: A Catholic nun seeks assistance against threats of kidnapping

(Hong Kong, November 19, 2007 Sr. Amithreni, a Tamil Catholic nun has sought assistance from the state authorities and human rights groups against threats of abduction as she has received many threate...

PAKISTAN: Sex videos reveal Musharraf “will stoop to any low”

(Hong Kong, November 14, 2007) Allegations that the government of Pakistan used its intelligence service to make sex videos with which to blackmail judges indicate that General Pervez Musharraf “...

THAILAND: Courts order release of detainees in landmark cases

(Hong Kong, October 31, 2007) Three courts in southern Thailand on Tuesday ruled that the authorities could not hold hundreds of men in vocational training camps there against their will, thus upholdi...

PHILIPPINES: Lawyers release primer on writ of amparo

(Hong Kong, October 23, 2007) A group of lawyers have released a primer on the writ of amparo, a new rule adopted by the Supreme Court that grants relief to those whose right to life has been violated...

SRI LANKA: A new book – Sri Lanka’s Dysfunctional Criminal Justice System, edited by Jasmine Joseph

(Hong Kong, October 22, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission has published a new book entitled ‘Sri Lanka’s Dysfunctional Criminal Justice System.’ The book consists of four chapt...

BURMA: Webpage launched for jailed “Hinthada 6”

BURMA: Webpage launched for jailed “Hinthada 6” (Hong Kong, October 16, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched a new webpage on the case of six jailed human rights def...

SRI LANKA: Ms. Rizana Nafeek’s appeal still pending at the Saudi Court

(Hong Kong, October 12, 2007) According to the law firm Kateb Fahad Al-Shammari, the appeal filed on behalf of Ms. Rizana Nafeek who was sentenced to capital punishment by a Saudi Court is still pendi...

ASIA: Filipino priest shaves head in solidarity with Burma monks; protests continue across region

(Hong Kong, October 4, 2007) A Filipino priest in Hong Kong found a new way to observe a Catholic holy day on Thursday by having his head shaved to show solidarity with Burma’s Buddhist monks. F...

BURMA: Bloggers declare international day for Burma

(Hong Kong, October 3, 2007) A group of bloggers has declared an international day calling for peaceful political change in Burma. The Free Burma! bloggers group has proposed the International Blogger...

ASIA: Protests continue against Burma junta in Hong Kong, region

(Hong Kong, September 29, 2007) Protests against the military junta in Burma over its suppression of pro-democracy protestors and monks in recent days continued in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia on...

WORLD: Junta may move money out of Burma, AHRC director warns

(Hong Kong, September 29, 2007) Members of Burma’s junta may try to move vast sums of capital out of the country, pushing the country deeper into crisis, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)...

ASIA: Protestors across Asia demand action on Burma; more rallies planned

(Hong Kong, September 27, 2007) Protests demanding global action over the crackdown on peaceful protestors in Burma were held in Hong Kong, Korea and Thailand on Thursday, and in the Philippines on We...

BURMA: Lawyers, monks determined to defy “forced politics”

BURMA: Lawyers, monks determined to defy “forced politics” (Hong Kong, September 26, 2007) Lawyers in Burma on Tuesday established a new union to introduce “genuine politics” t...

WORLD: AHRC appeals for global Buddhist boycott of Burma regime

(Hong Kong, September 20, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday urged the Buddhist community worldwide to join with monks in Burma and boycott anybody from or associated with its ...