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CAMBODIA: Khmer Buddhist New Year 2556 is time for Cambodians to spark effective change

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Talking about the need for political change in Cambodia gets “old.” I write aplenty in this space and elsewhere on the topic, yet Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party persists and keeps piling on more reasons why change […]

CAMBODIA: A survival recipe — attitude change, practice Buddha’s teaching, engage in nonviolent action

My article last month in this space brought comforting and kind words in e-mails from some Cambodian and non-Cambodian readers, to whom I am grateful. It’s they who encourage me to have hope in Cambodians’ abilities to find ways to effect change. I continue to receive requests from readers in Cambodia to provide translations from […]

NEPAL: Corruption in Nepal – Curse or Crime?

An article by Om Prakash Sen Thakuri published by the Asian Human Rights Commission “Ghus linya ra dinya dubai deshka thula satruhun” “Both bribe takers and givers are the worst enemies of the nation”. King Prithivi Narayan Shah This stringent attitude towards corruption was expressed by late King Prithivi Narayan Shah, founder of new Nepal […]

PAKISTAN: Power crisis in Karachi — an offshoot of privatization

An article by Lateef Mughal published by the Asian Human Rights Commission It is a fact that uninterrupted supply of electricity is the responsibility of a power utility, mostly owned by the governments across the world, but unfortunately in 2005 the previous government of Pervez Musharraf handed over the management of one of the major […]

CAMBODIA: “O Khmer euy Khmer, chous ach knong srae”

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Something is changing within the Khmer nation. Those storied Khmer characteristics – the broad smile; the gentle, peaceful compassionate nature – and the centuries-old traditions of “korup, bamreur, karpier, smoh trang” — “respect, serve, defend, be loyal (to leaders)” — passed down […]

PAKISTAN: Female child–victim of gender based violence and discrimination

On February 17, a Karachi based charity ambulance service informed that the bodies of five newborn female children were discovered on a deserted place in Korangi, a densely populated squatter settlement in Karachi. The discovery of newborn dead bodies has been a common happening in Pakistan and such occurrence never received any specific attention from […]

PAKISTAN: Honour Killings — Reckless Practice of the Culture

Honour killings locally known as karo-kari are completely against the concept of Islam. The root of honour killings is centuries old and it is a practice followed before the Islamic era called Jahiliyah, the time of ignorance before the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Although such kind of practices are strictly forbidden in Islam it has still […]

CAMBODIA: Toppling dictators is not impossible if we think smart and act smart

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission My grandson, 12, a seventh grader, read “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror” (2004), a bestseller by a former Soviet prisoner, Natan Sharansky. He passed the book to me, saying I might be interested in […]

HONG KONG: Racial discrimination is alive and well and living in Hong Kong

An article by Stewart Sloan published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Racial discrimination is alive and well and living in Hong Kong, thank you very much. Although westerners might find this hard to believe, ask any Filipino, Thai, Indonesian or any other member of a minority group. Any one of these people will tell […]

PAKISTAN: Urgent need to enact food security law in Pakistan

An article by Muhammad Boota Sarwar published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Food for All is the main theme of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) but the people living below poverty line are increasing day by day due to price hike and rising un-employment and estimated to cross 40% of the population, majority living […]

SRI LANKA: A tribute to a finest human being — ‘Farewell my dear Father’

An article by Ruwandi Silva published by the Asian Human Rights Commission It was the late eighties. Sri Lanka was heading towards more and more turbulent times dragging along the disillusioned and frustrated generations with her to a bottomless abyss. Widespread social inequality, rising unemployment, brutal state repression and sharpening ethnic divide provided an ideal […]

SRI LANKA: Extravagance — national pride to continue in 2012 as well?

Contributors: JC Weliamuna JC Weliamuna An article by Mr. JC Weliamuna published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Brief analysis of Corrupt Public Expenditure in Sri Lanka JC Weliamuna Lessons from China or Tunisia? Just few months ago, in response to a public outcry for more accountability and transparency in the use of public funds, […]

NEPAL: Witchcraft as a Superstition and a form of violence against women in Nepal

An article by Sujata Paudel published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Sujata Paudel Famous Nepali saying states that “the heaven exist there where the women are respected”. This saying underlines the strength of women. The woman is also considered the first teacher in any family who can guide her children and family in the […]

CAMBODIA: The people must no longer wait for Preah Batr Dhammik to come to their rescue

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The end of 2011 is filled with less than happy news on Cambodia and her people that dampens the holiday mood. On the first of December, Radio Free Asia presented a somber broadcast on the […]

PAKISTAN: No let up in violence against women in Sindh, 557 killed during the eleven months of 2011

An article by Abbas Kassar published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Incidence of violation against women are on rise in Pakistan especially in its Sindh province where they are subjected to various forms of violence including murders under pretext of “family honor” that is called in Sindhi language as Karo Kari( honor killing) kidnapping, […]

AFGHANISTAN: Children were killed in an attack on Shiites

An article by Rod Nordland of Asia News published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Massoud Hossaini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Afghan Shiites who were taking part in a religious ceremony at a shrine in Kabul on Tuesday were attacked by a suicide bomber. Rod Nordland KABUL, Afghanistan — A Pakistan-based extremist group claimed responsibility for […]

PAKISTAN: Dismal state of children education in disaster affected areas – do we realize?

I have been visiting, quite frequently, in flood affected areas of Pakistan’s Southern Sindh province and realized that government, non-government and private organizations are trying to provide food and relief to affected population. One can argue the quality and appropriateness of relief efforts but it is quite encouraging that relief efforts are underway to provide […]

PAKISTAN: Extra judicial killings-Children are the target in Balochistan

An article by Sohaib Mengal published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The media and the judiciary keep concentrating on non-issues but turn a blind eye to brutalities and human rights violations by state-run agencies Prime Minister Gilani, on his recent visit to Quetta, asked the militants to shun violence and urged them to choose […]

CAMBODIA: Perhaps Cambodians soft power will advance their struggle for rights and freedom

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Last August, my column in this space examined the future of Cambodia’s youth and education. Immediately after it appeared, an American friend e-mailed to ask if I was perhaps too pessimistic. Cambodia has the youngest population among the 10 members of the […]

PAKISTAN: Need to implement UN CRC to minimize girl child neglect

The death of a four-year-old girl, due to lack of proper medical treatment, in a densely populated slum in Karachi, has neither noticed nor raised any concern either among public or policy makers on essentially preventable deaths of girl child in this part of the world. It is a clear fact that despite the introduction […]