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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) works towards the radical rethinking and fundamental redesigning of justice institutions in order to protect and promote human rights in Asia. Established in 1984, the Hong Kong based organisation is a Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award, 2014.

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Sri Lanka: A letter to the public from a retired Judge

I am writing this to the public as a judge who has presided over the affairs of the public for 16 years as a Magistrate and as a District Court Judge. For all those 16 years, my record has been impeccable.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

South Korea: Ghosts from the dictatorial past haunts innocent civilians even today

Dr. Kang Yong-ju is a medical doctor from Gwangju, South Korea. Dr. Kang is a victim of the notorious National Security Law and the Security Surveillance Act of South Korea.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Pakistan: Interior ministry crackdown on social media sees 200 persons grilled

The common perception in Pakistan, that ordinary citizens are not free to express their thoughts, has been validated with state inaction against hate mongers and clamping down on social media activists.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Bangladesh: Peoples'mobilization needed to end enforced disappearances

Enforced disappearance is universally recognized as a 'crime against humanity' under International Law. This crime is widespread across the world.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

India: Officers like Leetul Gogoi are the real threat to national security

Exonerating, and often awarding officers who have committed serious crimes is not new in India.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

India: Arbitrary death sentencing policy must go

The gangrape and murder of the 23year old physiotherapy student in New Delhi on the night of Dec 16, 2012 shook the nation.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Pakistan: Glamourizing 'good' terrorists-new way to serve state interests

Glamorizing terrorists as born again saviours of humanity is the new tactic adopted by the state to abet home grown terrorism.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Pakistan: Media management hides casualties to protect powerful tycoon

A criminal nexus between the police, tycoon and media was exposed one week after the collapse of an artificial stadium killing three persons and injuring some 150 persons.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Pakistan: Attempted lynching to dislodge Hindu business

Mob violence continues to grab national headlines; most recently, a mob of some 500 persons gathered outside a police station in Balochistan, demanding that Hindu trader Prakash Kumar, arrested on blasphemy charges, be released so they could publicly lynch him.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Sri Lanka: Reconciliation in a country entrenched with multiple

"In spite of several years of discussions and talks the work towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka has not made much progress.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

India: Biometric identity cards, shelters for stray cows, what for wasted children?

The government of India recently informed the Supreme Court that it has formed a Committee for looking into ways to stop the smuggling of cattle - cows in particular. The proposal does raise lot of serious questions in a country that has 38.4 percent of its children stunted, 21 percent of its children under 5 years wasted and another 7.4 percent severely wasted because of lack of food.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

Pakistan: Travesty of justice in the name of jirga

Women in Pakistan continue to be prey to jirgas, a parallel justice system held by the influential and landed aristocracy.

Date posted: 2017-06-03

India: Breaking down the Supreme Court judgment in the Babri Masjid demolition case

On April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of India(SC) passed an important judgment with respect to the fraught Babri Masjid demolition case.

Date posted: 2017-05-07

Cambodia: Prime Minister Hun Sen Was A Successful Wartime Leader But Certainly Not One In Peacetime Cambodia

Cambodian society is full of mistrust and suspicion. Regardless of which party wins, Cambodia needs a credible, peaceful power transfer mechanism to avoid major conflicts during the transition

Date posted: 2017-05-07

Indonesia: Considering Victims to Strengthen Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to inform you about an essay with title "Considering Victims to Strengthen Truth and Reconciliation Commission."

Date posted: 2017-05-07

Sri Lanka: Meethotamulla tragedy to be duplicated at Muthurajawela?

Dealing with the Meethotamulla waste dump has now become a major national problem for Sri Lanka. At least 30 persons have lost their lives due to the collapse of the waste dump. Many others might have died or suffered serious diseases due to the existence of this waste dump polluting the entire environment over a long period of time.

Date posted: 2017-05-07

India: Assamese Human Rights Defender Bondita Acharya violently threatened on social media.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is writing about the death threats, rape threats and other abusive messages received by renowned Human Rights Defender, Bondita Acharya, in Assam. She shared her thoughts on a social platform in Jorhat, condemning the arrest of three people for the possession of beef.

Date posted: 2017-05-07

Over 100 foreigners die in Malaysian detention centers

Just Asia begins with Malaysia, where more than one hundred foreigners in immigration detention centers have died in the past two years. A commissioner from the National Human Rights Commission who has visited several detention centers, described conditions as "appalling" and said the deaths should be investigated as a criminal matter.

Date posted: 2017-05-07

Sri Lanka: Man killed by police officers in the Paliyagoda Police Station

On 8 March 2017, International Women's Day was observed with much fanfare across India. But women have to live by dint of their own effort, with no access to public institutions of welfare or justice.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Sri Lanka: Man killed by police officers in the Paliyagoda Police Station

Mr. Chadik Shyaman Wickramarachchi (42) had been extra-judicially killed on 25 February 2017 by officers of the Paliyagoda Police Station.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

India: Sexual violence and religious responsibility

On February 27th, a Christian priest in Kerala, Mr. Robin Vadakkancherry, was arrested on charges of raping a minor-girl.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Myanmar: Family of sexually assaulted girl killed by a solider seeks remedy

A 22-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted and killed by a soldier.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Pakistan: International Women's Day - Let's advocate change in the patriarchal mind-set

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said the following in a message on International Women's Day. "On International Women's Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, promote gender equality and women's empowerment."

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Sri Lanka: Life of human rights defender under threat

This case illustrates how the Sri Lankan Police, while arresting people for suspected crimes, do not adhere to the Police Manual, and choose to willfully torture and harass suspects, abusing them mentally and physically with impunity.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Asia: Are Asia's criminal justice institutions capable of addressing torture?

Since the promulgation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, out of 48 Asian states, 40 states have ratified/acceded to the CAT, whereas 8 states, including countries like India, have refused to ratify the convention.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Indonesia: No justice for past human rights abuses as the government aims to avoid the Human Rights Court

The ALRC recommends that the Government should take all necessary measures to ensure that past human rights violations are redressed.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

Pakistan: Militants again victorious against world's sixth largest army

Barely one and a half months into this year, eight terrorist attacks in different parts of Pakistan have claimed at least 50 lives, including of 24 security officials.

Date posted: 2017-03-14

AHRC TV: UN publishes new report of rape and other abuses against Rohingya and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 158

This week's episode of Just Asia begins with the UN's new report detailing mass gang rape, killings and other human rights abuses against the Rohingya by the Burmese military.

Date posted: 2017-02-21

Pakistan: Government outsources justice dispensation

It is unimaginable for any democratic, law-abiding society to outsource its key function of justice. And yet, the Government of Pakistan first outsourced the dispensation of justice to the military, and now to the Panchayat and Jirga, which are known for aiding and abetting grave human rights abuses, and are the primary cause of rising honour killings and cruelties by the powerful people in the country.

Date posted: 2017-02-21

Nepal: Police must follow due process in arrest and investigation

More than a dozen police personnel broke the lock of the gate and harassed his wife and children before manhandling and arresting Dr. Raut. The lack of due process in his arrest is a matter of concern.

Date posted: 2017-02-21

Indonesia: Past abuses remain untouchable

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you about a paper entitled "Kidnapping and Forced Disappearances of Activists in 1997-1998: Who was Responsible?"

Date posted: 2017-02-21

Sri Lanka: The people discuss the film Usawiya Nihandai

The film by Prasanna Vithanage titled "Usaviya Nihandai" ("Silence in the Courts"), is being shown not in cinema halls only, but also at popular gatherings.

Date posted: 2017-02-21

Burma/Myanmar: Assassination of U Ko Ni a tragedy for Myanmar

The Commissions were established two years ago to investigate conflict-era cases.

Date posted: 2017-02-15

Pakistan: The state must prosecute TV channels inciting violence against liberals and secular elements

The government of Pakistan is conspicuously silent on an organised and malicious campaign started by two television channels for inciting hate and violence against activists who are protesting for the recovery of five disappeared bloggers.

Date posted: 2017-02-15

Sri Lanka: 'Silenced Shadows': A fine presentation of compassionate resistance Poetry in Sri Lanka

The Amnesty International has published a collection of poems titled ' Silenced Shadows'.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

India: Another Adivasi student suicide marks Rohith Vemula's death anniversary

Rohith Vemula's suicide a year ago shook the country. The circumstances of his death left no doubt that it was an institutional murder committed through continuous harassment, and not a simple suicide.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Pakistan: The state of Balochistan - a millennial Hazara lawyer's view

The morning of 8 August 2016 brought dramatic changes to my life; on that day 56 lawyers of the Balochistan Bar Council and Balochistan Bar Association got killed in a split second in a suicide attack.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Sri Lanka: Six Police Officers Sentenced to Death

Last week, in the High Court of Badulla five police officers and a security officer were sentenced to death for causing the murder of Sadun Malinga, a 17-year-old boy.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

India: Where police rape women and NHRC seeks mere compensation

It is almost a week since the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) admitted to having found prima facie evidence of the security personnel of state government of Chhattisgarh having raped and sexually and physically assaulted at least 16 women, mostly women belonging to the indigenous communities.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Sri Lanka: The job of a judge is to do justice, regardless of nationality

Concerns have been raised about the preliminary report of the Consultation Task Force (CTF), particularly about hybrid courts and foreign judges.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Pakistan: Sessions judge and his wife must be prosecuted for employing and torturing minor

A 10-year-old child working as a household help was tortured by her employers, an Additional Sessions judge and his wife; the girl has been severely injured.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Farmlands 'developed' a bit more into farmer graveyards in 2015

How does one deal with a 42% spike in suicides by farmers/cultivators in a country where "development" has been the buzzword for the last couple of years?

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Sri Lanka: Conspiracy to deny due process rights to Sri Lankan citizens

Again questions arise: why have Sri Lankan governments desisted from granting this basic right to Sri Lankan citizens?

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Pakistan: State-sponsored attack on worship place of Ahmadis

It now seems that the government announcement to finally recognise the services of the great Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam was mere eyewash.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Asia: Cannot remove hunger without functioning public institutions

The year 2016 has proved to be a difficult year in terms of food and livelihood security for the poor and marginalized communities across Asia.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Nepal: Unceasing choreography of injustice

Just like 2015 and the years prior, 2016 has been no different in terms of human rights, rule of law, and functioning of justice institutions in Nepal.

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Thailand: Military regime must go

How does one deal with a 42% spike in suicides by farmers/cultivators in a country where "development" has been the buzzword for the last couple of years?

Date posted: 2017-02-14

Sri Lanka: UNCAT Committee recommends the Government appoint independent investigating body to inquire into torture

The Committee makes recommendations to the Government on almost all aspects of the system of administration of justice in Sri Lanka that the Committee finds to have serious defects.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

Bangladesh: Aspirations for democracy and the rule of law cannot be defeated by authoritarianism

Bangladesh's incumbent government, its law-enforcement agencies, and its Judiciary, complement each other in maintaining the spree of gross human rights abuses. They have operated in tandem to intensify the pattern of human rights violations to a new level in the nation's history. The country's gruesome human rights realities have, apart from numerous other things, contributed to changing public knowledge and perception about institutions of the State, heightening alienation.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

Sri Lanka: Aspirations to justice defeated at all level

In Sri Lanka, what remains widespread in political, social, and cultural life is widespread shameless impunity relating to every form of abuse of human dignity and human rights. This widespread shameless impunity is also widespread in the entirety of the legal system in Sri Lanka.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

Nepal: Dr. C.K. Raut and supporters arrested and tortured at peaceful gatherings

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the Nepal Police who arrested Dr. C. K. Raut and more than two hundred supporters of his campaign.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

India: Mr. Khurrum Parvez's arrest exposes a system that lacks justice at its core

Mr. Khurrum Parvez is a human rights defender, the chairperson of Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, working in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Since 15 September 2016, Khurrum is in detention.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

India: Neither democracy nor justice as core values

The incumbent government has pushed the people to one of the worst living conditions they have faced in recent collective and individual memory. Millions of Indians are repeatedly queuing up before banks and currency dispensing machines, struggling to withdraw legitimately earned money.

Date posted: 2017-01-17

Mass destruction in Burma and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 149

This week Just Asia begins with Burma, where satellite evidence shows mass destruction in Rakhine state, home to the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.

Date posted: 2017-01-01