BANGLADESH: Free expression and free assembly cost high price

A Written Submission to the 41st Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The United Nations Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures play a pivotal role in advocating for the people’s freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly in the world, where authoritarianism and right wing political propaganda are on the rise. The Council, unfortunately, in fact, accommodates Member and Observer States who maintain double standards. Bangladesh – an incumbent Member of the Council – often speaks like a soothsayer while the State muzzles the freedom of expression and opinion of its citizens inside the country. The Asian Legal Resource […]

BANGLADESH: Judiciary abdicates independence

A Written Submission to the 41st Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has been consistently expressing its serious concerns over the dysfunctional justice institutions of Bangladesh – an incumbent Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The victims’ right to fair and speedy trial and the lawyers scope of contributing to the process of justice ceases to exist in the country under an illegitimate authoritarian government. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has been consistently expressing its serious concerns over the dysfunctional justice institutions of Bangladesh – an incumbent Member of the United Nations […]

INDIA: Government must end violation of bodily integrity and health of women

A Written Submission to the 41st Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the Human Rights Council to the continuing violation of women’s bodily integrity in India exposing them to serious health consequences in India. Though the abuse of women, including the violation of their bodily integrity is widely prevalent and well documented, a recent report has pushed the extent of the same even further. The report by The Hindu Business Line, a reputed newspaper in India, found that women working in sugarcane fields in Beed district of the state […]

INDIA: Human rights of migrants under threat

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), along with its sister concern, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) draws the attention of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on the state of the human rights of migrants in India. The ALRC is deeply concerned with the Indian’s government’s stance on the rights of migrants, especially of the Rohingyas that the Indian government refuses to recognise as refugees and is instead threatening to deport them on the basis of their being economic migrants. The ALRC urges the UN Special Rapporteur […]

INDONESIA: Extreme poverty in Asmat regency has caused measles and malnutrition

A Written Submission to the 38th 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 extreme poverty and health crisis faced by Asmat regency in Papua, Indonesia. Approximately 70 Papuan children died from measles and malnutrition in 2018. Extreme poverty and a lack of public infrastructure in the province, particularly in Asmat regency, has caused serious health problems and malnutrition, direly affecting children. The Indonesian government has failed in protecting its citizens’ right to health and life.

INDIA: Right to freedom of opinion and expression deteriorating

A Written Submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) along with its sister concern, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to bring the state of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in India to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.

INDONESIA: Corruption and bribery threatening judicial independence

A Written Submission to the 38th 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 lack of accountability and independence of Indonesia’s judges and lawyers. One of the most serious problems threatening the Indonesian judiciary is corruption, involving judges, court clerks and lawyers. Not only does such corruption have a negative impact on the accountability of judges and lawyers, but it also seriously undermines fair trial and due process.