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 […]

INDONESIA: Torture continues without effective punishment or remedy

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 inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the grave situation of torture in Indonesia. Over the past one year, police officers continue to be the actors most frequently committing torture.The key motive behind this is obtaining confessions from the accused, thus allowing the police to complete their investigation report.

PAKISTAN: Government betrays the pledges for criminalizing torture

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 attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the issue of the continual rise in cases of custodial torture in Pakistan. In a country where human rights are disposable propositions to be sacrificed at the altar of national security and interest in torture is a useful tool to shock and awe a repressed populace. The persistent rise, in trends of extra-judicial killings, custodial torture, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests by the State, speak volumes about the state of […]

INDIA: To contain torture and ill-treatment the country should undertake criminal justice reforms

A Written Submission to the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre “The persons who commit such crimes must be hung upside down in front of the victims and must be thrashed till their skin comes off. Salt and chilly must be rubbed on their wounds to make them suffer till they beg for their lives…”

BANGLADESH: Torturous policing system marked by impunity and UNHRC membership cannot co-exist

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) has shown and iterated over the years how torture is the norm in Bangladesh’s law-enforcement system. The institutionalisation of torture has been entrenched to such an extent that Bangladesh’s national psyche is incapable of imagining a law-enforcement system without torture. The police, and the paramilitary forces, are unable to work with any effectiveness or humanity when they use torture for extortion from the detainees and to satisfy political masters. Regrettably, investigation of crimes, and the efficiency that arrives with credible investigations is wholly […]

SRI LANKA: ALRC has submitted Alternative Report to the Committee Against Torture

The Asian Legal Resource Centre wishes to inform you that ALRC along with its partners Janasansadaya, Sri Lanka; Human Rights Office, Sri Lanka; Right to Life, Sri Lanka; Gampaha Citizen’s Committee, Sri Lanka; and Rule of Law Forum, Sri Lanka; have submitted an Alternative Report on Sri Lanka today, 11 October 2016, to the Committee Against Torture of the United Nations.

ASIA: Council needs to make itself effective in protecting rights

An Oral Statement to the 33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Mr. Vice President. The ALRC wishes to bring to the attention of this Council that the situation of human rights has become alarming in most Asian States. The institutionalised coercive methods of law-enforcement coupled with dysfunctional judicial systems and the violent political culture are contributing to the process of gross violations of human rights. Bangladesh is an ideal example where protection of rights is pretty much a joke. 296 persons have disappeared since January 2009, of which 61 are between January and August this year. This is continuing without […]

ASIA: Criminal Justice Process needs fundamental reforms to address gross human rights abuses

An Oral Statement to the 33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Mr. Vice President. The ALRC wishes to bring to the attention of this Council that with the exceptions of Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan, arbitrary arrest is the norm and by state design in Asia, and the judiciary in these countries are ineffective to prevent it. Crime investigation in Asia begins and ends with statements of the person in custody and not on the basis of evidence of guilt. To facilitate this process, the practice of arbitrary arrest is widely exercised in the region. This is because Asian […]