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CAMBODIA: Old politicians in a new society

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-015-2014 June 23, 2014 An article by Mr. Ou Ritthy published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The political deadlock in Cambodia has lasted almost a year as the negotiations have produced little common ground for both the opposition and ruling parties. After the elections, the CNRP’s weekly mass demonstrations became a daily […]

CAMBODIA: Hun Sen’s days are limited; can CNRP improve?

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-014-2014 June 23, 2014 An article byDr.Gaffar Peang-Methpublished by the Asian Human Rights Commission Last month I was, again, hopeful as leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party and ruling Cambodian People’s Party announced their respective desire to end the 10-month political deadlock. Subsequently, the working group that has met periodically to […]

PAKISTAN: Die my daughter, die quickly!

Contributors: Marvi Sirmed FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-013-2014 June 6, 2014 An article by Marvi Sirmed published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Die my daughter, die quickly! Marvi Sirmed Farzana Perveen’s murder was not the first time men played the game of honour on a woman’s body. In societies like Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and much […]

CAMBODIA: Time has long come to rethink

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-012-2014 June 5, 2014 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission It has become trite to write on political developments in Cambodia. The oft-promised imminent “breakthrough” in the country’s political deadlock has proven time and again to be another performance of the endless Ramvong circle dance that is the […]

PAKISTAN: Between bread and bullets

Contributors: Naseer Memon FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-011-2014 May 12, 2014 An article by Naseer Memon published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Millions of the poor make South Asia a hotbed of perpetuating social and political unrest and turmoil. India, with an advantage of a stable democracy, fares slightly better on the human development index with […]

CAMBODIA: Disputants fight before sitting together, need core values

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Leaders of Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have an obligation, when their elected representatives inevitably sit and work together at the National Assembly – they will – to explain to voters why for so long the people […]

PAKISTAN: Legitimising Misogyny

Contributors: Marvi Sirmed FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-010-2014 April 24, 2014 An article by Marvi Sirmed published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), in its recent meeting, declared Section 6 of the Family Laws Ordinance, binding a man to seek prior permission from his wife before remarrying, to be against Shariah […]

CAMBODIA: Hun Sen has a choice. What will he choose?

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-008-2014 March 17, 2014 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Gautama Buddha (563-483 B.C): “What we think, we become.” Confucius (551-479 B.C.): “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms […]

NEPAL: Mental health and Human Rights

An article by Dr. Rubby Das published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. If there is discrepancy or disruption in mental well-being, which is must for an individual’s […]

PAKISTAN: Disappearances-no end in sight

Contributors: Reema Omar An article by Reema Omar published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Reema Omar http://www.dawn.com/news/1090810 ON Feb 26, 2013, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) published its report on Pakistan, following its visit to the country in September 2012. The report expressed concern at the continuing practice […]

CAMBODIA: Stop cursing the darkness

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Eleanor Roosevelt (1884—1962) (Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt): “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” James Madison (1751—1836) (Federalist Paper #47): “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a […]

CAMBODIA: Plus ça change…

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: Plus ça change…   Plato (429-347 B.C.): “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Nikita Krushchev (1894-1971): “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridge even […]

PAKISTAN: Development Challenges for Children amid Growing Terrorism

Contributors: Amir Murtaza An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The Pakistani nation has been united in pouring salutes and tributes to Aitzaz Hassan, who has sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow school children.  The fifteen-years-old hero of the country had captured a suicide bomber targeting […]

CAMBODIA: Some thoughts for 2014

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Confucius (551-479BC): “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955): “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Leaders of both the Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party each […]

PAKISTAN: A pending matter-Aasia Bibi case

An article by Waqr Gilani published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Waqar Gillani http://tns.thenews.com.pk/pending-matter/#.UsrywTqqob0 Four and a half years after she was first charged with blasphemy, what exactly is happening with Aasia Bibi and her casePeople seem to have forgotten Aasia Bibi while she languishes in one jail or the other for the last […]

CAMBODIA: Think, act, and become

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission As we are only days away from the New Year of 2014, I find it apt and beneficial to end the year of 2013 with this article. Someone more philosophical than I wrote that today is yesterday’s future. In the days, weeks, months, and […]

CAMBODIA: The future awaits

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In one week, from Nov 18 to Nov 25, the much talked about plan of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders to hold two mass demonstrations in Phnom Penh, one on Human Rights Day on December 10 “for all people who have suffered […]

CAMBODIA: The future awaits

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In one week, from Nov 18 to Nov 25, the much talked about plan of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders to hold two mass demonstrations in Phnom Penh, one on Human Rights Day on December 10 “for all people who have suffered […]

CAMBODIA: The world we created

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission As Cambodia’s government is delegitimized by ongoing political deadlock resulting from the dispute between the Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party over the outcome of July elections, it is unfortunate that very few Cambodians understand that […]

CAMBODIA: Time to get to work

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The more Hun Sen attempts to ignore grievances of the increasingly vocal cohort of Cambodian voters who allege election irregularities and fraud, the more the emboldened and determined opposition party demands an independent impartial joint CNRP-CPP investigation committee to seek more accurate accounting of […]