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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 […]


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 […]

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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