ASIA: The ongoing deep divide between discourse and implementation

date: March 13, 2008 document id:ALRC-COS-07-003-2008 speaker: Mr. Rafendi Djamin HRC section: Item 3: General Debate A Joint Oral Statement to the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), INFID, and Pax Romana-ICMICA/MIIC. ASIA: The ongoing deep divide between discourse and implementation Thank you Mr. President, We remain concerned that despite the jus cogens nature of the prohibition of torture and the ratification of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) by most UN member states, the practice of torture has increased since 9/11 and goes unpunished in most Asian nations. […]

ASIA: Regional mechanisms and lack of progress in the adoption of frameworks

date: March 07, 2008 document id:ALRC-COS-07-001-2008 speaker: Sunila Abeysekera HRC section: Item 2, Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissoner for Human Rights A Joint Oral Statement to the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), and Pax Romana-ICMICA/MIIC ASIA: Regional mechanisms and lack of progress in the adoption of frameworks Thank you, Mr. President. Madam High Commissioner, FORUM-ASIA, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and Pax Romana welcome your report and express our regret at the announcement of your departure from the Office. We wish to extend to you our deepest appreciation of your […]

PAKISTAN: The ALRC expresses support for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on housing rights during the HRC review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2007 ALRC-COS-06-007-2007 Oral intervention presented by Asian Legal Resource Centre at the Sixth Session of the Human Rights Council (Resumed), 13 December 2007 PAKISTAN: The ALRC expresses support for the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on housing rights during the HRC review Review, rationalization and improvement of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Housing Thank you Mr. President, The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to take this opportunity to express its support for the extension of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Housing and its appreciation for the excellent work of the mandate holder, Mr. Miloon […]

PAKISTAN: Human rights groups welcome Louise Arbour’s statement on Pakistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2007 ALRC-COS-06-005-2007 An Oral Intervention by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) to the Sixth Session of the Human Rights Council, December 11, 2007, supported by the Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation (L4L) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madame Louise Arbour Delivered by: Baseer Naweed PAKISTAN: Human rights groups welcome Louise Arbour’s statement on Pakistan Thank you Mr. President, The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), the Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation (L4L) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) welcome the statement made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madame Louise Arbour, concerning the ongoing, deep […]

BURMA: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2007 ALRC-COS-06-006-2007 ORAL INTERVENTION PRESENTED BY THE ASIAN LEGAL RESOURCE CENTRE AT THE SIXTH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (RESUMED), 12 DECEMBER 2007 Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Mr. Special Rapporteur I speak on behalf of the Asian Legal Resource Centre. You have rightly said of your most recent trip to Myanmar, following the protests of August and September, that it should be seen not as an end in itself but rather as an initial step. The questions that are now on everybody’s mind are what should be the next steps, and on what road? […]

PHILIPPINES: Extrajudicial killings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2007 AL-030-2007 A Joint Statement submitted by the World Council of Churches, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development and the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) to the 6th Human Rights Council PHILIPPINES: Extrajudicial killings Thank you Mr. President. This statement is supported by the World Council of Churches, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. The entire Philippine NGO delegation expresses our thanks to them. In March of this year, the UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston reported his initial findings on the extrajudicial executions in the Philippines […]

PAKISTAN: Human rights situation requires Human Rights Council’s attention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2007 AL-029-2007 An Oral Intervention submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre to the 6th session of the Human Rights Council PAKISTAN: Human rights situation requires Human Rights Council’s attention Thank you, Mr. President. I wish to address the Council as both a human rights defender and a victim of human rights abuses in Pakistan. The situation in the country is not gaining the attention it deserves here. The media are being silenced, human rights defenders face grave reprisals, torture is endemic and the country ranks amongst the highest perpetrators of forced disappearances in Asia, alongside Sri Lanka. The whereabouts of at least 5,000 people […]

ASIA: Children in armed conflict

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2007 AL-027-2007 An Oral Intervention submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre to the 6th session of the Human Rights Council ASIA: Children in armed conflict Item 3: Children in armed conflict – Ms. Coomaraswamy, Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Thank you Mr. President, The ongoing use of child soldiers in many of Asia’s armed conflicts remains a serious concern for the Asian Legal Resource Centre. We welcome the work of the Special Representative on child soldiers in Sri Lanka and Nepal, but want to highlight another situation which also requires serious attention. In India, both state and non-state actors field children […]

SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in Sri Lanka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2007 AL-025-2007 A Joint Statement submitted by Rukshan Fernando on behalf of Pax Romana-ICMICA/MIIC, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), FORUM-ASIA and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), in cooperation with Centre for Policy Alternatives, INFORM, Law & Society Trust (LST) and Rights Now, as part of the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief SRI LANKA: Killing and Enforced Disappearances of Religious Leaders and Attacks on Places of Religious Worship in Sri Lanka We would like to bring to the notice of the Council the trend of attacks on religious leaders and places of worship […]