ASIA: Reengineer justice institutions to end infant malnutrition in Asia

An Oral Statement to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Environment and Right to Food Mr. President. 70% of all malnourished children live in Asia. South Asian countries comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan make up more than 50% of this number. Exact figures of child malnutrition in China and Myanmar are not known due to restrictions the two states employ against independent assessments. However, available limited research findings throw China and Myanmar into the same basket of states that have neglected their future generations for decades. Countries like India […]

ASIA: Upholding Truth and Justice or Protecting Religious Freedom is impossible without capable justice institutions

An Oral Statement to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Clustered Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteurs on Truth Justice Reconciliation and Freedom of Religion Mr. President. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring to the attention of this Council that irrespective of the international documents a state is party to, truth, justice, reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence is impossible at the domestic level, without functioning national justice institutions that are equipped, independent and willing to be the first line of defence to human rights violations. This principle, of having domestic institutions, also applies to guarantee freedom of […]

INDONESIA: Human rights defenders remain unprotected

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the Government of Indonesia has yet to demonstrate any serious intention to protect human rights defenders (HRD’s). So far there is no specific law or regulation that undertakes the protection of human rights defenders. In the past two years there were some cases of assassinations and persecution of HRD’s. The government has yet to change its policies to protect them.

INDIA: Urge authorities to take concrete steps to arrest farmer suicides

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) draws the attention of the Human Rights Council to the continuing problem of farmer suicides in India. The suicides have seen a spike despite authorities’ claims of measures from loan waivers to compensation for crop failures.

PAKISTAN: Persecution of Human Rights Defenders deserves effective international intervention

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the threats to life facing human rights defenders in Pakistan. While arresting and torturing rights defenders is an old government tactic to silence dissent, the present enforced disappearance of social media activists is creating an atmosphere of fear and apprehension. Due to this worsening climate of fear and intimidation, many activists working for a tolerant, progressive and inclusive Pakistan have left the country, or are forced into submission.

NEPAL: Speed up Transitional Justice Process

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the transitional justice process in Nepal. Please note the lack of amendments to the Transitional Justice Acts. Additionally, enactment of particular, necessary laws is needed. There is a shortage of funds and human resources to accomplish this process.

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

A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of the following: No progress is being made. There is an unwillingness on the part of the government to resolve past human rights abuses using proper mechanisms. These mechanisms are under the standard of fair trial principles, the rule of law and international human rights instruments to which Indonesia is a State party. For the past two years, under President Joko Widodo’s administration, the government has aimed at avoiding judicial mechanisms and introduced a new alternative mechanism. It is called […]