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THAILAND: National reconciliation and reform: all talk and no action

An article by Jaran Ditapichai published by the Asian Human Rights Commission THAILAND: National reconciliation and reform: all talk and no action Jaran Ditapichai Three months after the Army’s crackdown on May 19th, 2010 which caused 91 deaths and almost 2,000 injured, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has not yet come to terms with the fact […]

HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Territories and countries — with and without protection

An article by Pepe Panglao published by the Asian Human Rights Commission HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Territories and countries — with and without protection Pepe Panglao I am a Filipino and I have a Filipina working in my home as a domestic worker. My family, my worker and I are amongst those fortunate enough, to experience the […]

BANGLADESH: A discussion on the rape of the nine year old child

An article by Nafiz Chowdhury published by the Asian Human Rights Commission BANGLADESH: A discussion on the rape of the nine year old child Nafiz Chowdhury My article ‘It is your daughter, so what?’ drew some response. One response was to deny the incident of rape and the wrong response of the Member of Parliament […]

PHILIPPINES: Torture

An article by Professor Harry Roque published by the Asian Human Rights Commission PHILIPPINES: Torture August 20, 2010 It was not the ideal image to wake-up to. There he was: naked, emaciated and cringing from pain whenever his torturer would pull the rope attached apparently to his sex organ. He was hog-tied like a beast […]

INDIA: Kashmir Diary–Where do we go from here?

An article by Mr. Tappan Bose published by the Asian Human Rights Commission INDIA: Kashmir Diary–Where do we go from here? Tappan Bose Friday 13, 2010 Four more were killed in the valley. It was the first Friday, Jumma of the Holy month Ramadan. The killing began immediately after the morning (fajar) prayer in Trehgam […]

SRI LANKA: Police beating of an MP–Does It Matter?

An article by Arthur Silva published by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: Police beating of an MP–Does It Matter? Arthur Silva A Member of Parliament yelled during a parliamentary session stating that police officers beat him up when he went to make a complaint on behalf of some people. He did this by […]

BANGLADESH: It is your daughter, so what?

An article by Nafiz Chowdhury published by the Asian Human Rights Commission BANGLADESH: It is your daughter, so what? Nafiz Chowdhury A man from Bangladesh who was talking to his member of parliament, asking her not to stop the local police from investigating into the rape of his nine year old daughter had the shock […]

SRI LANKA: The Rajapakse doctrine and a decree of unreserved malice

An article by Sunalie Ratnayake and Sanath Jinadasa published by the Asian Human Rights Commission SRI LANKA: The Rajapakse doctrine and a decree of unreserved malice Sunalie Ratnayake and Sanath Jinadasa From within a climate of autocracy gone customary as of late, and oppression of all possible aspects of our lives in a land like […]

ASIA: Women’s views on prevention of torture- Interview 39

An Interview conducted by the Asian Human Rights Commission NEPAL: The chairperson of the Feminist Dalit Organisation speaks against bad policing and torture Durga Sob is a prominent Dalit women’s advocate and the chairperson of the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO). She speaks against torture and bad policing in Nepal. How is the relationship between the […]

CAMBODIA: “Facing Sen’s Autocracy: Democrats Hang Together or Hang Separately”

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: “Facing Sen’s Autocracy: Democrats Hang Together or Hang Separately” Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth American civil rights icon Martin Luther King said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” A man’s thinking is comprised of […]

CAMBODIA: Interpreting the June 2 events in Cambodia

A column by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: Interpreting the June 2 events in Cambodia The French playwright Moliere said, “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” Robert F. Kennedy posited: “It is from numberless diverse acts […]

CAMBODIA: “Cambodians can remain pawns, or can hang together against Sen’s autocracy”

An article by Dr. Gaffar Peang-Meth published by the Asian Human Rights Commission CAMBODIA: “Cambodians can remain pawns, or can hang together against Sen’s autocracy” August 15, 2010 Two weeks ago, I presented in this space a contrast of reporter Benoit Bringer’s “Cambodge: Les enfants de la decharge” (Cambodia: The Children of the Garbage Dump), […]