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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 […]

PAKISTAN: Intolerance & killings in the name of Religion in Pakistan

Contributors: Nadeem Anthony An article by Nadeem Anthony published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Even no one knows about the sunrise of September 22, 2013 could be the last morning and last sunset of those Christian men, women and children, unjustly lost their lives in deadly suicide blast at the All Saints Church, Kohati […]

CAMBODIA: democrats must build new leaders and focus on nation-building

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission As per his usual custom, sixty-year-old King Norodom Sihamoni clasps his hands in a show of traditional Khmer respect, his face wears a ready soft and gentle smile. The king was a graceful dancer in his youth and is known never to have wanted […]

CAMBODIA: New Political Trend of Positive Change

An article by Ou Ritthy published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In ASEAN countries’ contemporary politics, “ASEAN Spring” describes election as a means to bring about change. This ASEAN’s political trend has impressively transformed the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam (throughout its fight for political freedom), Malaysia, and now Cambodia. Citizens in ASEAN have demanded their governments […]

CAMBODIA: Can a deadlock be broken?

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission There is no problem that lacks a solution, though we may not like our choices. Manmade problems are solvable through imaginative, productive, creative thinking and carefully thought-out action. Some predicaments are harder to deal with than others. The pain from the loss […]

PAKISTAN: Children can play an important role in disaster preparedness

Contributors: Amir Murtaza An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In the last ten years, the country has experienced multiple disasters of gigantic proportions – both natural and man-made. While the loss of life and property is insurmountable, it is equally disturbing to see such a high number of children […]

CAMBODIA: Political adjustments

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission I must admit to being pleasantly surprised when my (reluctant) suggestion that 40,000 Cambodians would likely greet Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy on his arrival from self-imposed exile on July 19, turned out to be way off the […]

CAMBODIA: Think long term beyond July 28

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission My last two articles in this space — “Building leadership for young Khmers,” and “Understanding nation building” — describe my long term goals for the developing leaders in Cambodia. I hope also to address other elements of nation-building with a […]

CAMBODIA: Understanding nation building

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission I owe this article to a number of Cambodian participants at the May 18 Cambodian Leadership Conference (CLC) in Tacoma, Washington, where I gave a keynote address on Building Leadership for Young Khmers, and two lecture-discussion sessions on political socialization and political culture. After […]

PAKISTAN: Need to create healthy activities and potential opportunities for youth

Contributors: Amir Murtaza An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Amir Murtaza Print and electronic media reports indicate that during past five years the crime rate has been increased in all big cities in Pakistan at an alarming rate.  It is equally disturbing to see that the involvement of youth […]

CAMBODIA: Building leadership for young Khmers

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission This article combines my keynote address and two lectures on political socialization and culture at the Cambodian Leadership Conference on May 18 in Tacoma, Washington, on the theme of Building Leadership for our Young Generation, organized by Khmer women’s organizations in Washington […]

PAKISTAN: Anti women practices and policies prevailed in the general elections despite some pro women activism and legislation

An article by Dr. Rakhshinda Perveen published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Dr.Rakhshinda Perveen It was indeed a pleasant surprise to see NA 44 FATA appearing as the “breaking news” on March 31, 2013, and the reason behind this first time privilege was none other Badam Zari, the 38 year old Bajour Agency’s   resident, […]

INDIA: स्त्री विरोधी नहीं हो सकते सभ्य समाज

पिछले कई दिनों से देश भर में,समाज द्वारा महिलाओं के प्रति अपराधों के घिनौने रूप पर एक चर्चा और विमर्श का माहौल हैं. अफ़सोस यह कि यह माहौल किसी आत्मचेतना के चलते नहीं बल्कि एक निर्मम बलात्कार और हत्या से उभरे जनाक्रोश के चलते बना है. इस घटना के लगभग दो महीने के बाद भी […]

PAKISTAN: Implementation of two important human and child rights focused provincial legislations is required

Contributors: Amir Murtaza An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Amir Murtaza Violations and abuse of the rights of ordinary people is a problem, which is more or less visible in every part of world.  The intensity and nature of such violations may differ from one region to another; however, […]

PAKISTAN: The case of Pashtun genocide in the country

Contributors: Kahar Zalmay An article by Kahar Zalmay published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Kahar Zalmay Pakistan is an interesting country and there are certain exciting things that only happen here. For instance, in our land of pure every now and then , a revolution is on its way, khakis keep on believing that […]

PAKISTAN: The attack on Peshawar church could be a game-changer

Nasir Saeed Pakistani Christians continue to protest against and condemn the killings of dozens of innocent Christians in Peshawar on 22nd September. But as they mourn, it is hardly comprehensible that there are reports that the organs of the victims were stripped from their bodies and trafficked on the black market. These horrendous reports have […]

CAMBODIA: Khmer CNRP’S policies that deserve support

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Happy Khmer New Year of Chnam M’sanh, Year of the Snake, Buddhist Era 2557 (April 14, 2013), to Khmer compatriots in and outside CAMBODIA! May Buddhist Khmers follow their Lord Gautama Buddha’s teaching that “Each morning we are born again. […]

PAKISTAN: Measles again hit hundreds of children in the country

An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Amir Murtaza It is roughly estimated that more than 40 children have died because of measles in Pakistan’s biggest Punjab province.  Media reports further informed that hundreds of children have contracted the disease recently and measles patients continued to approach government hospitals for […]

SRI LANKA: Evolutionary decline and the ascent of human resilience

Contributors: Bishop Duleep de Chickera A Lenten Reflection by Bishop Duleep de Chickera The weeks leading to Independence Day on February 4 were filled with intense debate on the legality and morality of the impeachment of the Chief Justice (CJ). The debate centred on the interpretation of the law and the political motives behind it. The […]

CAMBODIA: Mam Sonando & Sam Rainsy: “Everything will be all right in the end”

Cambodia is holding a second week-long period of national mourning for the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, from Friday, February 1 to Thursday, February 7.  No “joyful” entertainments will be permitted, flags will fly at half-mast, the Cambodian people are to wear black ribbons on their shirts, and civil servants will receive two holidays, on […]