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THIALAND: The Judicial Harassment of Human Rights Defenders and Torture in the South

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to draw the attention of the interested persons to follow the judicial harassment of three human rights defenders in Thailand. According to the AHRC U...

SRI LANKA: A New Book on negativity and Nihilism in Sri Lankan Consciousness – by Basil Fernando

There is something deeply negative and nihilist imbedded into the Sri Lanka consciousness. By ‘Sri Lankan consciousness’ I mean the consciousness of all Sri Lankans, whether they are from the majo...

THAILAND: Call for observers in verdict of landmark Kaeng Krachan National Park case

On 7 September 2016, at 10:30 a.m., the verdict in the case of Karen people forcibly relocated from the Kaeng Krachan National Park will be read at the Central Administrative Court in Bangkok. The Asi...

PAKISTAN: The AHRC asks UN working group to re-open the case of Ehsan Arjumandi, missing since 2009

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been actively following the case of disappearance of human rights defender Ehsan Arjumandi, a dual national of Norway and Iran, who has been missing since ...

WORLD: A Video ON ”Thoughts on poetry, with poetry recital in Sri Lanka by Professor. K. G. Sankara Pillai”

Professor K G Sankara Pillai – is a well-known Indian poet, philosopher and author. He came into prominence in the 1970s with the publication of the poem “Bengal” and is now one of t...

ASIA: A NEW BOOK – TRAGICOMEDY OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTOCHTHONY – By Basil Fernando

Introduction Many of the essays published in this booklet were initially published in several publications, such as Ceylon Independent, The Nation, and Colombo Telegraph. All these articles are link...

SRI LANKA : Emperor Asoka’s contribution to Sri Lankan culture – a speech by Basil Fernando

The ‘Trikone’ Foundation has issued a video of a speech by Mr Basil Fernando, Director of Policy and Programmes, on the Emperor Asoka’s contribution to the Sri Lankan culture and the crisis of...

PAKISTAN: Special report on grim situation of freedom of expression

(Hong Kong, 3 June 2016) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)’s bi-monthly magazine, article 2, has produced a special edition on “The state of freedom of expression in Pakistan”. The repor...

BANGLADESH: Families demand return of their disappeared dear-ones within the month of Ramadan

Members of families of 19 disappeared victims once again took to the street, yesterday, 26 May 2016. They formed a “human chain” in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka to demand the return o...

NEPAL: Protest & Repression – Special Report on State Responsibility for 37 Killings During Protests in Terai

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (‘the THRD Alliance’) published today a report on the anti-Constitution protests from August 16, 2015 to February...

Asia: A Poetry Recital – “Looking for Raju” – By Basil Fernando -One of the 15, winning poems selected by Amnesty International

May 17, 2016 Share| We are pleased to release a short video of Mr Basil Fernando reciting his poem“Looking for Raju” which is among the 15 winning poems selected by Amnesty International in their...

WORLD: Depravity against women & girls in the Kashmir conflict – In the latest issue of Torture Magazine

( Hong Kong , 3 May 2016) “Conflict in Kashmir is the root cause of the problem. It has made the life, property, dignity and chastity of Kashmiri women insecure. With a revival of militancy this sc...

SRI LANKA: Proposing a way out of the societal-crisis

After decades of engagement across Asia, and in particular, in Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries, seeking to learn about and confront the most fundamental problems plaguing our societies, the ...

SRI LANKA: Where are the policies for change? – A documentary

We are sharing with you a discussion conducted between Dr. U C P Perera, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, who has also ...

THAILAND: Call for new investigation into Somchai Neelaphaijit’s case

Twelve years after the disappearance of Somchai Neelaphaijit, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) calls upon the Thai authorities to begin a new investigation into Somchai’s case, and to ratify...

THAILAND: Failure of justice for human rights defenders

One year after the assassination of human rights defender Mr. Chai Boontonglek, a member of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT), the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned...

THAILAND: Courts used to harass defenders

A group of human rights defenders in Northeast Thailand has been forced into a frivolous and damaging case in court, due to their attempts to protect community resources against a gold mining operatio...

WORLD: Deadline for 2016 ‘Alternative Nobel’ Nominations is March 1

Do you know someone ordinary achieving the extraordinary? Less than one month left to nominate candidates for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award. March 1 is the deadline for proposals for this year’s R...

WORLD: Remembering Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer – Latest issue of Torture Magazine

( Hong Kong , 08 February 2016)“His judgement in the Indira Gandhi case in 1975 was controversial, and earned him both accolades and criticism. Krishna Iyer’s judgement snowballed the politica...

BANGLADESH: Immediately release Mahmudur Rahman, arbitrarily imprisoned since 2013

Hong Kong, 03 February 2016 Geneva-Paris-Hong Kong, February 3, 2016. The authorities of Bangladesh should immediately release journalist Mahmudur Rahman, who completed 1,000 days in custody without t...