BANGLADESH: Enforced Disappearances should not be taken for granted

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) brings the continuing enforced and involuntary disappearances in Bangladesh to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council, seeking active effort to facilitate redress to victims and to the families of the disappeared. The ALRC is reiterating its grave concern for the reality of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh. The global human rights community is aware of the fact that enforced disappearance is a “crime against humanity” and thus, is not subject to a statute of limitations. Sadly, there is hardly any visible initiative from the international community to address the situation of enforced disappearances. The ALRC is not urging the Human Rights Council […]

INDONESIA: President Widodo has made no effort to find disappeared victims

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the stagnation of cases of enforced disappearance that have occurred under the New Order era of former President Suharto, as well as similar cases that occurred later. Indonesia has yet to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The law enforcement and justice system is largely ineffective in resolving cases of disappearance. Most importantly, Indonesia has no national law that punishes the crime of disappearances. In the previous written submission, the ALRC provided detailed information regarding enforced disappearances in Indonesia. One case that has received considerable public attention […]

BANGLADESH: UN can assist government reform justice institutions to protecting people from arbitrary detention

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) directs the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council UNHRC) and the Special Procedures to the epidemic of arbitrary detention in Bangladesh, requesting the UNHRC and the Special Procedures to engage actively to protect the people of the country. Deprivation of liberty through arbitrary detention has become a norm of law-enforcement and as default method to “rule” the country for those who legitimately or illegitimately occupy office. Different draconian legislations enable the government and the law-enforcement agencies in the process of arbitrary detention. The laws that are most commonly used for detaining people arbitrarily are: i) Information and Communications Technology Act-2006 (Amended in […]

PAKISTAN: Council should help developing judicial infrastructures

An Oral Statement to the 32nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) Mr. President. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) draws attention to Pakistan, where the writ of the State is unraveling and even the façade of the rule of law is vanishing. Decaying political and justice institutions are perpetuating gross abuse of human rights. Where even a whiff of justice is a distant memory, intolerant mob justice rules the streets, while a crumbling court system delivers only to those with deep pockets. Since the start of Zarb-e-Azb, the Military operation against the terrorism, extrajudicial killings have ballooned. In virtually all […]

WORLD: Judicial institutions which act as checks on executive power are being dismantled

Opening Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, made at the Human Rights Council 32nd Session on 13th June 2016 forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Distinguished President of the Council, Excellencies Colleagues and friends When the Inter-American Commission announces it has to cut its personnel by forty percent – and when States have already withdrawn from it and the Inter-American Court; When States Parties now threaten to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – and, even more recently, others threaten to leave the United Nations, or the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union; When those […]