ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 77

In this week’s Roundup, AHRC TV reports on Ganga Maya Adhikari’s ongoing hunger protest in Nepal. She has given the government a 10-day ultimatum to meet her demands for action against the murderers of her son. AHRC TV interviews Ganga Maya in hospital; the government has yet to begin prosecuting those involved in the killing.

Next in the programme, AHRC TV interviews Dipendra Jha who has found dire problems with the way relief supplies have been distributed after the earthquake in Nepal. Many remote areas where 100% of buildings were destroyed are constantly neglected, while easily accessible areas have been continually supplied.

In Pakistan, Asia Bibi, a prisoner accused of blasphemy, is suffering from intestinal bleeding and is being denied medical treatment. So far, the government has failed to take appropriate action fearing the potential actions of angered extremists who want her to be executed immediately.

The programme then moves to Bangladesh where Right Livelihood Award Laureate Dr. Zafrulla Chowdhury challenges contempt of court conviction. The case has caused serious concern over the state of freedom of expression in the country.

Filipino attorney Glocelito C. Jayma also speaks to AHRC TV regarding the extremely slow process of achieving justice within the Filipino judicial system.

Finally, Healing Manipur, an AHRC documentary film about extrajudicial executions in India and the Indian Armed Forces Special Powers Act will premiere in Geneva at a side event to the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

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