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PAKISTAN: With 40,000 ghost teachers and 5,200 ghost schools in Sindh–education is a scary prospect

Contributors: Irshad Salim FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-003-2015 January 22, 2015 An article by Irshad Salim published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Over 40,000 ghost teachers and 5,229 ghost schools remain un-addressed in Sindh despite allocation of Rs 145.02 billion budget for education. Additionally, around 60 percent schools remained without drinking water facility, 40 percent without […]

PAKISTAN: Balochistan, a place of enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings and mass graves

by Naserullah Baloch This year in many parts of Baluchistan military operations were conducted, and in some areas it is still going on. Many deputations came from the operation hit areas who reported that many people were abducted forcefully by paramilitary troops. Security forces have dumped many mutilated bodies of numerous missing Balochs. In District […]

PAKISTAN: End domestic violence

by Sarmad Ali Domestic violence, bonded labour, child marriages, child abuse and child labour are the never-ending social problems of Pakistan. There are seven landmark laws aimed at protecting Pakistani women — the Protection of Women Act 2006, the Anti-Rape Bill 2014, the Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection Act 2012, the Women in Distress and Detention […]

CAMBODIA: Ruling Elite’s crimes against humanity revisited

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth Cambodians’ dissatisfaction with the country’s direction is well-documented. Displeasure with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s rule is coupled with frustration that the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party leadershave failed to control the CPP – one reason for an outgrowth of small parties likely to split votes from the CNRP in 2018. […]

CAMBODIA: Some Thoughts for 2015

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-002-2015 January 15, 2015 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission I begin this New Year 2015 with a renewed reminder: It is less what we know, but more how we think, that determines the quality of our life and our future. We must imagine, explore, and […]

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INDIA: Ad-hoc action will perpetuate child malnutrition

If the government does not take charge of the problem of child malnutrition, others will take advantage of the vacuum. Powerful international players ready to feed on hunger have their foot in the door. When all is done and dusted, the Modi government’s claims to success will be judged against India’s darkest distended underbelly, its […]

CAMBODIA: Fight draft laws and laws restricting dissent and basic rights

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-022-2014 October 24, 2014 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission On October 10, a coalition of international groups (Forum Asia, Asia Democracy Network, Civicus, Cooperation Committee for Cambodia’s Beyond 2015 initiative, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), International Forum of National NGO Platforms […]

CAMBODIA: The “Ruling Elite” faces charges of crimes against humanity

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: The “Ruling Elite” faces charges of crimes against humanity Excitement abounds these few days among Cambodians, particularly expatriates, who hope to see Prime Minister Hun Sen brought to justice before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. On October 7, […]

CAMBODIA: Something to learn from KPNLF freedom fighters

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-020-2014 Sept 25, 2014 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In about 10 days, thousands of Cambodians (and their foreign friends) in Cambodia and abroad will gather in small and large groups to commemorate the thirty fifth anniversary of the Non-Communist Resistance […]

PAKISTAN: Deaf, Dumb, Blind, Dead

Contributors: Anwar Ul Haque FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-018-2014 August 6, 2014 An article by Anwar Ul Haque, published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In last 29 days the world has witnessed unprecedented violation of sanctity of Medical Institutions by Israel in Gaza! Several hundred innocent children and as much unarmed civilian women were brutally killed by unmanned […]

CAMBODIA: A compromise based on the high national interests and the people

FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-017-2014 July 28 , 2014 An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission It is an irony that Prime Minister Hun Sen, who clings to political power as the result of alleged electoral irregularities and fraud and who refuses to permit any impartial investigation of the allegations is […]

PAKISTAN: The lack specific legislation adversely affects the rights of IDPs to health and education, adequate shelter and housing

Contributors: Shad Begum FOR PUBLICATION AHRC-ETC-016-2014 July 21, 2014 An article by Shad Begum  published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Pakistan is prone to natural and man-made disasters. A major earthquake in 2005 and floods and militancy in 2009-2010 caused massive displacements of population, yet we rely on ad hoc measures in times of […]

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 […]