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THAILAND: AHRC “deplores” further extension of emergency rule

(Hong Kong, April 10, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Tuesday deplored the announcement that the emergency regulations in force across Thailand’s southernmost provinces are to ...

THAILAND: AHRC hosts anti-internet censorship petition

(Hong Kong, March 28, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Wednesday launched a new webpage to host a petition against censorship of the internet in Thailand. The petition, by Freedom Aga...

INDIA: AHRC calls for international protest over massacre, questions Indian “democracy”

INDIA: AHRC calls for international protest over massacre, questions Indian “democracy” (Hong Kong, March 15, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday called for widespre...

SRI LANKA: Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene named International Woman of Courage 2007

(Hong Kong, March 12, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission congratulates Kishali Pinto-Jayawardene of Sri Lanka for being recognized as Sri Lanka’s Woman of Courage for the year 2007.  Ms. P...

BURMA: Lawyers’ group appeals for “reactivation” of bar council

BURMA: Lawyers’ group appeals for “reactivation” of bar council (Hong Kong, March 1, 2007) A lawyers’ group on Thursday made an appeal for the “reactivation” of the...

BURMA: UN group to examine case of seven detainees

(Hong Kong, March 1, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday sent a detailed report on the illegal and arbitrary detention of seven persons in Burma to a United Nations specialist g...

THAILAND: “End Emergency Decree in Southern Thailand” new webpage demands

(Hong Kong, March 1, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday launched a new webpage calling for an end to the emergency regulations in force across the country’s southernmost ...

BURMA: Rights defender sues 30 journals for libel

(Hong Kong, January 31, 2007) A rights defender in Burma on Friday sued 30 news journals for slander after they all published an article portraying her as a prostitute. Naw Ohn Hla, a 43-year-old from...

INDIA: Five men charged with murder of someone not dead

(Hong Kong, January 26, 2007) Five Indian men are facing charges of murder despite the “dead” man having appeared in court and told the judge that the case was fabricated, the Asian Human ...

THAILAND: Four months’ martial law, emergency rule denounced

(Hong Kong, January 19, 2007) Martial law and emergency regulations should be lifted from Thailand without further delay, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said in an appeal issued on Friday. I...

THAILAND: New protests announced; censorship up 500%

(Hong Kong, January 17, 2007) A coalition of anti-coup groups has announced new protests against the military junta in Thailand, while another concerned about media freedom has reported a sharp increa...

JAPAN: AHRC welcomes call for Japanese government to take up killings in Philippines

(Hong Kong, January 16, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Monday welcomed the submitting of a letter requesting the Japanese government to take up extrajudicial killings in the Philipp...

THAILAND: AHRC condemns renewal of emergency rule in south, revival of cold war “death squad” command

THAILAND: AHRC condemns renewal of emergency rule in south, revival of cold war “death squad” command (Hong Kong, January 12, 2007) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Friday conde...

BANGLADESH: AHRC cautiously welcomes order on separation of judiciary

(Hong Kong, January 11, 2007) A new order by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh that the country’s judges be set free from government control has been cautiously welcomed by the Asian Human Rights ...

AHRC calls for Security Council intervention in Burma

Embargoed for Release: Friday, 6 June 2003 At: 02:00 GMT For more information, please contact: In Hong Kong, Basil Fernando: +852-2698-6339 AHRC calls for Security Council intervention in Burma (Hong ...

SRI LANKA: The National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Has Used Its Powers to Bite the Victims and Not the Perpetrators

ASIAN CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM 2002 – The Session on National Human Rights Commissions (December 10, 2002) National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka; A Disappointing Institution The Sri Lankan Co...

HONG KONG: AHRC Submits Concerns about Proposed Article 23 Legislation to Legco

AHRC Submits Concerns about Proposed Article 23 Legislation to Legco: Article 23 May Diminish Rule of Law and Increase Corrupt Practices The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has grave concerns abo...

INDONESIA: Attorney General’s Office Providing a ‘Fountain of Impunity’

INDONESIA: Attorney General’s Office Providing a ‘Fountain of Impunity’  Weeks after Indonesia’s ad hoc human rights court handed down a \”not guilty\” verdict to ...

KASHMIR: Prominent journalist in Srinagar, Muzamil Jaleel, assaulted by Indian police

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is alarmed to learn that a close associate of AHRC and an associate member of the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Muzamil Jaleel, has been assaulted by sev...

SRI LANKA: Complications Develop in the Prosecution of Perpetrators

Update: The Torture Case of Ms. H.P. Nandini Sriyatha Heart; Complications Develop in the Prosecution of Perpetrators In AHRC’s last communication on this matter, AHRC informed of a letter it ha...