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NEPAL: Government of Nepal must undertake immediate steps to address the core concerns of the families and victims of enforced disappearances

A joint press release by the Asian Human Rights organizations and undersigned groups of victims, national and international organizations, commemorating the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (30 August 2021), and calling on the Government of Nepal to undertake immediate steps to address the core concerns of the families of the victims of […]

BANGLADESH: Officials Linked to Hundreds of ‘Disappearances’

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Watch, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center Rights Groups Urge Action on Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance The Bangladesh government has repeatedly denied involvement in hundreds of enforced disappearances of activists, critics, and opposition members, and has taken no steps to investigate them, Human […]

NEPAL: Continued denial of justice for crimes relating to torture and ill-treatment – An independent mechanism needed to ensure prompt, thorough and effective investigations

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission and 55 national and international organizations On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June), victims’ groups and associations and national and international human rights organizations call upon the Government of Nepal to immediately establish an independent mechanism to effectively […]

BANGLADESH: Hold Security Forces Accountable for Torture

A Joint Statement by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian Network for Free Elections, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Human Rights Watch, Eleos Justice-Monash University, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center, and World Organisation Against Torture Rights […]

NEPAL: Joint Statement on the Occasion of the International Week of the Disappeared 2021

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission and 44 national and international organizations On the occasion of the International Week of the Disappeared 2021, we, the undersigned human rights organizations and victims’ associations of Nepal reaffirm our position to the government of Nepal to undertake immediate steps towards a reawakening of the stalled […]

UNITED NATIONS: Stand with Bangladeshi Journalists on Press Freedom DayFree Expression Under Serious Threat

A Joint Statement by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian Network for Free Elections, Committee to Protect Journalists, Eleos Justice – Monash University, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center The Bangladesh government’s increasingly violent […]

BANGLADESH: Independent probe needed for the death of protesters

A Joint Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Asian Human Rights Commission Asian Network for Free Elections, Capital Punishment Justice Project, World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Eleos Justice – Monash University, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Asian Federation Against Involuntary […]

BANGLADESH: ‘Golden Jubilee’ Should Be Turning Point on Human Rights

A Joint Statement by the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian Network for Free Elections, Capital Punishment Justice Project, Eleos Justice – Monash University, Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance, Human Rights Watch, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center, and World Organisation Against Torture International Community Should Stand with Victims of […]

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST RESPOND TO CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN BANGLADESH

The Bangladeshi authorities must end their escalating crackdown on human rights, and respect and protect people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Bangladesh to curb protesters demanding justice for writer Mushtaq Ahmed’s death in prison on 25 February, the nine undersigned human rights organizations said in a joint statement today. Ahmed, 53, […]

INDONESIA: Prospek Pengungkapan Tragedi 1965

A Joint Statement* by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the 1965 Murder Victims Research Foundation (YPKP 65) Negara belum serius menuntaskan kasus–kasus pelanggaran HAM Berat masa lalu. Ini berimplikasi pada ketidakpastian hidup korban. Khusus untuk tragedi 1965, sudah lebih dari empat dasawarsa mengambang. Padahal menurut banyak sumber, kurang lebih dari 3.000.000 (tiga juta) […]

UNITED NATIONS: Grave Allegations Involving Visiting Bangladesh Army Chief

A Joint Statement by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Asian Human Rights Commission, Eleos Justice, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center, and the World Organisation Against Torture (New York, February 5, 2021) – The United Nations should use its meetings with senior Bangladeshi military officials next […]

INDONESIA: Kehawatiran Saya Terhadap Masyarakat Orang Asli Papua

Di tulisan artikel saya ini, saya mau menjelaskan apa yang saya tau apa yang saya lihat dan apa yang saya amati selama ini. Masyarakat sipil di Papua ini ibaratnya seperti Bola pimpong, vola kaki dan Volly, Dilempar sini dilempar sana, nasip masyarakat Papua tidak Jelas, siapapun dia yang akan ketemu di pinggir hutan rumah juga […]

‘They’re not music videos’: YouTube human rights news channel Just Asia struggles to make a difference

South China Morning Post Bernice Chan   Published: 8:15am, 8 May, 2019 Hong Kong student volunteers present weekly video news programme showing oppression and state brutality across Asia Just Asia’s producer and cameraman, journalist Amila Sampath, is frustrated by channel’s low viewership but says: if we don’t do something for victims who will? A Pakistani man […]

PAKISTAN: Country needs a public policy and legislation against dowry related abuses

Dr. Rakhshinda Perveen Dowry-related violence, a serious problem that affects the lives of millions of Pakistani girls and women, and their children, is not seen as a wounding tradition even by the educated ones, and even if they are against the custom, very few dare to protest against it. Media, too, often endorses lavish wedding […]

SRI LANKA: Time to bring cultural rights in to the centre of human rights discourse*

Reaffirm the power of culture over the culture of power – Edward Said. It is a great honour to be invited to participate and speak at the Asian Human Rights Charter Workshop here at Gwangju, South Korea. A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Basil Fernando & Mr. Bijo Francis of AHRC, Hong Kong and Mr. […]

CAMBODIA: Hun Sen’s Impermanence

An article byDr.GaffarPeang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission It’s good to return to the webpages of the Asian Human Rights Commission. For the last several months it has been my honor—and a real learning experience—to work with award-winning filmmaker, Ellen Grant, Director of Media Services at Evergreen State College, to finalize her documentary […]

PAKISTAN: Dowry is a form of violence! Alas this has yet to be declared officially in the Islamic republic of Pakistan.

An article by Dr. Rakhshinda Perveen published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Violence inherent in dowry is continuously facing exclusion. It therefore does not appear as the major, and most prevalent, form of violence – not only against women and girls, but men as well – in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. The reasons […]

PAKISTAN: UN must send fact-finding mission to Balochistan and appoint UN Special Rapporteur

Peter Tatchell Balochistan was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan in 1948, without any public agreement or consent. It is a colony of Pakistan, in all but name, and remains part of Pakistan by armed force. The Baloch people have been denied a referendum on self-determination for nearly seven decades. Pakistan’s grave human rights abuses in Balochistan […]

PAKISTAN: Will CPEC help the Baloch prosper?

No doubt, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth multi-billion dollars will increase trade, economy, and prosperity, not only in both countries, but also for Middle East, Africa, and beyond. This “one belt, one road”, covering a 2,700 kilometer long route, is a huge project, which will link Gawader (Pakistan) to Kashgar (China), and China to […]

PAKISTAN: Failed prosecution system denies justice to Christian community of Joseph Colony

(In memory of 4th year anniversary of the Joseph Colony arson, 9 March 2013) Four years back, on 9 March 2013 Joseph Colony, a Christian community in Lahore was attacked by an enraged mob of thousands. It resulted in the burning of over 170 houses to ashes and affected about 300 families. The Badami Bagh […]