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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 […]

PAKISTAN: Floods-disaster affected children should be hunger-free

An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission During past week, I have traveled in interior parts of Sindh province and collected information about extraordinary human and financial losses, caused by heavy monsoon rains. While talking to local media, they had confirmed the death of at least 220 people, including children, […]

PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s neo-colonial rule in Balochistan

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is urging the complete demilitarisation of occupied Balochistan, as a precondition for a negotiated political settlement to end six decades of economic neglect, ethnic persecution and military repression by Islamabad. Echoing the criticisms of Baloch national leaders, the HRCP says the Pakistan government’s current peace and reconciliation package […]

PAKISTAN: Floods in Sindh-the ‘untouchables’ waiting to get a touch of relief efforts

An article by Fizza Hassan published by the Asian Human Rights Commission As Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicts more monsoon rains in the coming days, the worst victims of rains and breaches in a monsoon-swollen Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) in Badin district — the Pakistani low caste Hindus (Dalits) of the districts were denied […]

CAMBODIA: Something is happening among Cambodians on which democrats can build

Contributors: Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In my column in this space in August, “A look at the future of Cambodia’s youth and education,” I posited that, “If youth is the future of the country and education is a sine qua […]

CAMBODIA: A look at the future of Cambodia’s youth and education

In this discussion on youth, education, and Cambodia’s future, topics in vogue today, I would like to introduce some brief theoretical concepts about perceptions and reality; follow with what some regular Cambodians (whom I have not met) write; and examine some observations and survey results by several organizations. My purpose is to provoke discussion about […]

SRI LANKA: Peace, Military & People

Contributors: Mr. J.C. Welliamuna Mr. J.C. Welliamuna An article by Mr. J.C. Welliamuna published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Discussion on the validity of the Non-military Engagement of the Military War or internal armed conflict in the North and East was over; Emergency is no more; but still the military is everywhere. The military […]

PAKISTAN: Rights of disabled children should be protected

An article by Amir Murtaza published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Amir Murtaza International and national legislation have unanimously recognized that all children have several inherent rights and government as well as society has obligations to protect and promote those rights. However, it is highly unfortunate that protection and promotion of the rights of […]

AFGHANISTAN: Child Sex, Bacha Bazi and DynCorp

In recent two e-mails I received from the parents of two teenage girls who were forcefully married to wealthy and powerful Tajik war criminals in Northern Afghanistan, they have painted heart-broken stories of their innocent daughters’ torture, humiliation and imprisonment by their ignorant husbands. Sajida and Rashida were barely 12 years old at the time […]

CAMBODIA: Signatories of Paris peace accords cannot change Cambodia, Cambodians can

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission We live in interesting times – times of great challenges, opportunities, and of creativity and hopeful changes. This year, the 20th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords falls on October 23. Some people celebrate and commemorate its achievement. Others reflect on its […]

PAKISTAN: Armed conflict, internal unrest and violence in Balochistan have left children without any parental look after

For nearly a-decade-long armed conflict, internal unrest and violence in Balochistan have resulted split up of families which left children alone without any parental look after; hundreds of their parents mainly men who were either imprisoned or dead or whose fate still is unknown. In this grim situation, besides parents, young children too are reported […]