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CAMBODIA: The challenges of building democratic institutions

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission Jean Monnet, regarded by most as the founding father of the 27 member European Union, once said, “Nothing is possible without men; nothing is lasting without institutions.” That statement has influenced my political thinking over time. I have reflected on Monnet’s inferences […]

CAMBODIA: Democrats can develop leadership qualities and lead successful actions against autocracy

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission In a little more than two weeks, the United States will celebrate its 235th anniversary of independence from England. Compared to Cambodia whose history dates back more than 2,000 years, the US is a toddler, but this toddler remains the world’s political, […]

INDONESIA: Kimaam Island — Rich but Poor

An article by Wensislaus Fatubun published by the Asian Human Rights Commission INDONESIA: Kimaam Island — Rich but Poor Kimaam Island, also called Frederik Hendrik Island, Dolok island, Yosudarso and Kolepom, covers an area of 14,357 km. Most of the area is swampy. This island is separated from southwest Irian Jaya by the Muli strait […]

PAKISTAN: Dirty war from Bangladesh to Balochistan

An article by Ali Baloch published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Dirty war from Bangladesh to Balochistan Ali Baloch The Pakistani state is violating the international laws since her creation on 14th august 1947.The Pakistan first started violating the international norms by the military aggression and forceful occupation of the sovereign state of […]

PAKISTAN: Destruction of the Indus Delta: A case of human rights

An article by Jameel Junejo published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Destruction of the Indus Delta: A case of human rights Jamil Junejo Once the Indus Delta, a magnificent creation of the mighty Indus river, was the most prosperous, fertile and beautiful piece of land characterized by prosperity, agricultural productivity and soil fertility. […]

PAKISTAN: Labour rights as citizen rights- Realising constitutional reforms

An article by Sharafat Ali published by the Asian Human Rights Commission The 2-day National Conference Labour Rights as Citizen Rights: Realising Constitutional Reforms was organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Sungi Development Foundation and Muttahida Labour Federation in Islamabad. The conference shared stakeholders’ concerns on the current status of labour rights, identified […]

PAKISTAN: A question of faith-a report on the status of religious minorities in Pakistan

An article by Sherry Rehman published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: A question of faith-a report on the status of religious minorities in Pakistan Why a report on the status of religious minorities? As part of the Jinnah Institute’s Open Democracy initiative, ‘A Question of Faith’: A Report on the Status of Religious […]

PAKISTAN: Ethical implications in mentoring medical students

An article by Dr Ambreen Usmani published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Ethical implications in mentoring medical students ABSRACT Introduction: Formal mentoring programs are essential for medical colleges since medical students face a busy and stressful life style. The medical curricula are very vast, making the students socially isolated. In order to cut […]

PAKISTAN: A year on from the Lahore attacks but Ahmedis still suffering

An article by Nasim Malik published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: A year on from the Lahore attacks but Ahmedis still suffering A day of ghastly sight of gristly, gruesome bloodshed of Ahmadis in Lahore Pakistan A year after the terrifying horrendous massacre of 86 Ahmadis of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Lahore, […]

PAKISTAN: Human rights violations in Sindh through feudal feuds–a way forward

An article by Jamil Junejo published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: Human rights violations in Sindh through feudal feuds–a way forward Jamil Junejo The news about the scores of people killed into feudal fights into interior Sindh, Pakistan has been, unfortunately, the matter of every day. It is indeed strange and hard fact […]

CAMBODIA: The Lotus Movement — If we have our political or personal differences, let’s not tear each other apart

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: The Lotus Movement — If we have our political or personal differences, let’s not tear each other apart Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth I write often that our future and what we do are not dictated by what we know. Its how we […]

PAKISTAN: The cases of extrajudicial killing has got nonstop in Sindh & Balochistan

An article by Abdul Jabbar Bhatti published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PAKISTAN: The cases of extrajudicial killing has got nonstop in Sindh & Balochistan The cases of extrajudicial killing has got nonstop in Sindh. Every day, newspapers and TV channels are filled with deceased bodies, assassinated by unknown persons, police personnel and law […]

NEPAL: Thousands of Dalits remain homeless after Koshi Flood in Nepal

An article by Indira Shankar published by the Asian human Rights Commission On August 18, 2008, more than 35,000 villagers were displaced by a massive flood of the Koshi River in Nepal. The damage has been tremendous, and has led to increasing hunger and poverty. At the time of breaching about 168,000 Cusec diverted into […]

CAMBODIA: When actions convergence, change can’t be stopped

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: When actions convergence, change can’t be stopped April 15, 2011 Happy Khmer New Year of the Rabbit to all my Cambodian and non-Cambodian Buddhist readers! May you be blessed in this New Year with new thoughts and a new soul as […]

CAMBODIA: Two inspirational historical events spark young Cambodians to work for change

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: Two inspirational historical events spark young Cambodians to work for change I do have my political preferences. Like anyone else, my political socialization began in childhood. And like other Cambodians in general, I was taught to “korup, bamroer, kaowd k’lach, smoh […]

PHILIPPINES: Telltale Signs: Judicial chicanery in Webb & Abadilla Five cases

The Philippine Supreme Court exhibited chicanery in its February 8, 2011 decision denying “with finality” the appeal of the five men known as the “Abadilla 5” who were convicted of the ambush killing of Col. Rolando Abadilla on June 13, 1996. In reaching this decision, the Court had to address the issue of whether to […]

EGYPT: The real Egyptian revolution is yet to come

An article by George Katsiaficas published by the Asian Human Rights Commission EGYPT: The real Egyptian revolution is yet to come by George Katsiaficas Around the world, people are enthusiastically greeting the “Egyptian Revolution” — the astonishing victory won by the historic 18-day People Power Uprising. As events move more rapidly than anyone can anticipate, […]

CAMBODIA: Lessons from Tunis and Cairo that premier Hun Sen and Cambodian democrats can learn

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: Lessons from Tunis and Cairo that premier Hun Sen and Cambodian democrats can learn There are lessons from events in Tunisia and Egypt, useful for Cambodia’s ruler, Hun Sen, made prime minister by the Vietnamese occupation forces in January 1985; and […]

CAMBODIA: Buddhist thought for the New Year

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: Buddhist thought for the New Year January 14, 2011 As we enter the fifteenth day of the New Year 2011, I would like begin this first article of the year for the Asian Human Rights Commission, with the words of Lord […]

PAKISTAN: Blasphemy laws — Stopping the rot

The introspection, debate and outrage generated a month ago by the attacks on two villages in Gojra on July 31 and Aug 1 may be out of public sight, as happened all too often in the past, but the nine people murdered and the homes and churches gutted are not out of mind. Neither is […]