WORLD: How should the work on the Asian Charter for Human Rights be carried forward?

by Basil Fernando The following is a presentation made at a workshop organized by the Asian Human Rights Commission and the May 18th Foundation (14-16th September 2017) on the preparations for the 20th Anniversary of the Asian Human Rights Charter 1998. This paper addresses the direction the Asian human rights movement should take in order to contribute to the improved enjoyment of rights in Asian countries.

INDONESIA: No justice for victims of enforced disappearances

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More than two years since President Widodo was inaugurated in October 2014, the Indonesian government has shown little effort to settle cases of enforced disappearances which occurred under the Suharto dictatorship and under successive governments. Until now, the President and the Parliament have not yet shown their willingness to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, despite signing it nearly seven years earlier.

BANGLADESH: Unbridled state power and a collapsed justice framework behind enforced disappearances

A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to update the United Nations Human Rights Council about the situation of Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Bangladesh. Enforced disappearances are increasing alarmingly in Bangladesh since Mrs. Sheikh Hasina has become the Prime Minister in January 2009. The victims’ families and the eye-witnesses have consistently accused the law-enforcement agencies including the national police and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for being responsible for enforced disappearances.