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Memories of a father

The Asian Human Rights Commission has today released a remarkable new book,┬áMemories of a father, by Professor T V Eachara Varier. The story recounts Professor Varier’s desperate and endless attempts to get to the bottom of his son’s arrest, torture, murder and disappearance at the hands of the police force in Kerala, India, ...

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Close Contact With Victims makes Human Rights Work Meaningful and Effective

Edited by Josefina Bergsten, Philip Setunga & Meryam Dabhoiwala. Photographs by Josefina Bergsten. ————- A publication based on a workshop on human rights work in Asia, conducted in Wattala, Sri Lanka on November 14-24, 2003, organised by the Human Rights Correspondence School (HRCS), and Rule of Law & Tort...

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The right to speak loudly

We desperately need cross-cultural discussions on the rule of law and human rights. Much of the discourse is dominated by the West, as is the language of justice, which is associated with several centuries of struggle there. As a result, many of the problems faced by people in Asia are beyond the comprehension of those […]

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Crime and Justice

A critique of the Recommendations by the Committee on Reforms of the Criminal Justice System in India “THE RULE OF LAW is the foundation of a justice system and the soul of a civilized society. Any attempt to dismantle the fabric of the rule of law will eventually crumble the edifice of the Constitutional supremacy […]

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TORTURE: A Crime Against Humanity

Edited by Philip Setunga & Nick Cheesman A book based on the Workshop on The UN Convention Against Torture held between April 2-7, 2001 at Thrissur, Kerala, India, organised by the Religious Groups for Human Rights (RGHR) a project of the Asian Human Rights Commission and hosted by Jananeethi, Thrissur, India This book is temporarily ...

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Monitoring The Right for an Effective Remedy For Human Rights Violations

Implementation of Article 2 of ICCPR On the Occasion of the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Asian Human Rights Commission 2001 Material contained in this document may be reproduced for the promotion and protection of human rights. In such reproduction, an acknowledgement of the authors and the publisher would...

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TORTURE: Mother of All Human Rights Violations

Edited by Philip Setunga & Nick Cheesman “..in Malaysia, the fight against torture is something that, while people may be horrified by it, lacks an active campaign. I think that attending here has really focused my attention on torture and the need for long term reform of the overall system” “..I think there is one [...

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Buddhism, Human Rights and Social Renewal

The radical elements of early Buddhism have now been submerged by dominant social values… Yet canonical works clearly indicate that the first Buddhists raised a banner of revolt against caste, priestcraft, tyranny and social injustice. This submerged tradition can be recovered and revivified. It can provide inspiration for Buddhists...

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Rule of Law, Human Rights and Legal Aid in Southeast Asia and China

Report of The Practitioner’s Forum 9-12 June, 1999, Bangkok – Thailand The idea for the Legal Aid Practitioner’s Forum originated from the International Human Rights Law Group’s Cambodian Defender’s Project (CDP). Established in 1994, CDP started as a training program for Cambodian activists to become free le...

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Hong Kong after 1997 – The First 1000 Days

Remembering is important to any society. It provides signposts of the past through which a community can better understand the present and make a prognosis of the direction of the future. This book is about remembering, about remembering the events of the firs 1,000 days in Hong Kong under the sovereignty of China. During this […]

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