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HONG KONG: Live coverage on the Occupy Central

(September 28, 2014, Hong Kong ) Thousands of protesters take to Hong Kong’s streets as Occupy protest grows, Sunday afternoon, September 28, 2014. Click here to watch the live coverage by the...

WORLD: The AHRC story: 30 years of commitment to human rights protection

The Story of 30 Years of Commitment is a documentary (now accessible online) produced by Josefina Bergsten, which traces 30 years of work of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and its sister or...

PHILIPPINES: Torture victim is grateful to those who helped him in his release

(Hong Kong, July 21, 2014) On June 23, we reported that Fernando Obedencio, a torture victim, was released after the court dismissed the fabricated charges laid on him for possession of illegal drugs....

BANGLADESH: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Adilur Rahman Khan

(Hong Kong, July 4, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to share news of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan having been awarded the 31st Annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. The AHRC co...

INDONESIA/PHILIPPINES: Events in Hong Kong to mark the day for torture victims

(Hong Kong, June 26, 2014) To mark the day for victims of torture, a forum and a public gathering with migrant workers will be held simultaneously in Central and in Causeway Bay on Sunday, June 29. Fo...

THAILAND: AHRC condemns coup with launch of new webpage

(Hong Kong, June 3, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission on Tuesday launched a new webpage in response to the military coup in Thailand of May 22. The webpage contains links to the Hong Kong-based ...

ASIA: An interview on understanding of the Rule of Law (video )

(Hong Kong, May 29, 2014) In this extensive interview, Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission explains what it means to be a Rule of Law system and why it is important for human rights de...

PHILIPPINES: Armed men and landlord that use force against indigenous tribes must be held to account

(Hong Kong, May 16, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned, and demands an investigation into the actions of the security guards and their employer landlord for shooting at...

THAILAND: Scholars call for release of political prisonerSomyot, abolition of lese majesty offence

(Hong Kong, April29, 2014) Scholars from around the world gathered for a Thai studies conference in Sydney have called for the release of SomyotPrueksakasemsuk and other persons imprisoned under Thail...

ASIA: Correct Statement on Rights Award Issued

(Hong Kong, April 28, 2014) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has corrected and re-issued its 24 April 2014 statement concerning Bangladeshi human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan. The re-iss...

THAILAND: Rights groups tell U.N. torture is still rife

(Hong Kong, April 25, 2014) Rights groups in Thailand have informed the U.N. of continuing, routine use of torture in the country, ahead of a review of its compliance with an international law against...

PHILIPPINES: The AHRC’s comments on Manila mayor’s apology to 2010 bus hostage victims

(Hong Kong, April 23, 2014) Yesterday, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and his delegation arrived in Hong Kong reportedly to offer an apology on behalf of the City of Manila to the victims and families of...

PHILIPPINES: The response by the AHRC to Al Jazeera’s questions on Hacienda Luisita massacre

(Hong Kong, April 14, 2014) On April 12, Al Jazeera broadcasted a report, titled: “Philippine farmers fight for land rights” indicating that none of those involved in the massacre of fa...

THAILAND: Australian academics voice concern for missing Somchai, Sombath

(Hong Kong, March 6, 2014) Academics of the Australian National University on Thursday submitted a letter to the diplomatic mission of Thailand in Canberra marking the tenth anniversary of the enforc...

PHILIPPINES: Torture victims speak out – “They tortured me, used me to get reward” Video interview 14

(Hong Kong, February 6, 2014) On January 14, the Court of Appeals (CA), Fifth Division, has concluded that Rolly Panesa, a 48-year-old security guard, could not possibly be Benjamin Mendoza, a leader...

ASIA: AHRC TV – A panel discussion with two members of parliament, one from Sri Lanka, one from Nagaland, India and a human rights activist on the prevention of torture

(Hong Kong, January 30, 2014) In a video panel discussion Eran Wickramaratne, a Member of Parliament and Mohon Kikon, a Member of the Legislative Asembly, Nagaland, India and Ernesto Anasarias, a huma...

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Report for 2013

The full report is available for download at: http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/hrreport/2013/AHRC-SPR-001-2013.pdf/view (Hong Kong, December 8, 2013) On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, 201...

PHILIPPINES: Massacre victims’ family to mark 4th year anniversary by protest, candle light, Nov. 23

(Hong Kong, November 23, 2013) Myrna Reblando, widow of journalist Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, one of the journalists killed in Maguindanao massacre, will join the victims’ families a...

PHILIPPINES: Maguindanao massacre widow’s poem – “You and me against the world”

(Hong Kong, November 21, 2013) In her second poem, Myrna Reblando explains what inspires her to continue in her demand for justice on behalf of her husband, Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, and ...

PHILIPPINES: Maguindanao massacre widow writes a poem to pay tribute to her husband and other victims

(Hong Kong, November 20, 2013) Myrna Reblando, widow of Alejandro “Bong” Reblando, one of the journalists killed in the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, writes a poem to pay tribute...