INDONESIA: Recurring Torture Judicial System failed to address

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment occurring in Indonesia at this time. We note that torture cases are sill serious problems in Indonesia, despite the fact that the Government has ratified the International Convention against Torture in 1998. Additionally, Indonesia has enacted some regulations in favor of eliminating torture. Three examples are: Government Regulation No. 92 2015 regarding Compensation for Victims of Wrongful Arrest; Law No. 16 2011 on […]

PAKISTAN: Rising violence against children

A Written Submission to the 37th 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 rise in violence against children in Pakistan. The Realization of Children’s Rights Index has ranked Pakistan as 159 out of 196 countries in the world in terms of child mortality, health and education facilities, and protection of child rights. Pakistan’s collective morality was recently shaken to its core by the rape and murder of a seven year old girl Zainab, from Kasur District in Punjab Province. The brutal murder initiated a […]

BANGLADESH-INDIA: Rising energy demand cannot be used for destroying people and their habitats

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw attention of the Human Rights Council to massive displacements and damage to habitats caused across Asia for meeting growing energy needs.

SOUTH ASIA: Asia’s children on the verge of severe malnourishment

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw attention of the Human Rights Council to the massive relapse of severe malnutrition among children in Asia, reversing the advances made over decades.

NEPAL: Repeated tenure extensions of transitional justice bodies without much progress, has been frightening victims and national and international communities

A Written Submission to the 37th 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 UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to Nepal’s two transitional justice bodies. They are the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission for the Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP). They were set up in 2015 to investigate conflict-era human rights violations. However, even after 3 years, they have not been able to make much progress and are mired in controversy.

PAKISTAN: Rights defenders remain at high risk

A Written Submission to the 37th 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 rise in violence against Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan. It is unfortunate that human rights defenders, bloggers and social activists have conventionally been considered an irritant to state policies in Pakistan, and are often targeted by the state as well as non-state actors. Fundamentalist groups working under the direct tutelage of the state often use the Damocles sword of blasphemy allegation against all critics of state policies. The judiciary has been […]

INDONESIA: Impunity strengthened while past human rights abuses remain forgotten

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations 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 lack of seriousness of President JokoWidodo’s government in resolving past human rights abuses. This is contrary to the Nawa Cita, President Widodo’s vision and mission, which clearly states that he will ensure prosecution of past human rights abuses cases, and it also has a breakdown into a National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN 2014-2019), which states that the government will ensure protection of its citizens. The RPJMN also clearly states that human rights […]

BANGLADESH: Government stands against independent human rights defenders

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wants to bring the situation of human rights defenders of Bangladesh to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Government of Bangladesh stands against the human rights defenders with draconian legislations and various institutions and agencies of the State. Independent dissenting voices face systemic harassments. Given the circumstances, the human rights defenders have to work without any notion of protection while defending rights in the country. The threats against the human rights defenders are increasing as the 3rd Cycle of […]

INDONESIA: Neither recognition nor protection for Human Rights Defenders

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia (HRD). Defenders are still targeted for human rights violations in various patterns and forms. ALRC’S sister organization, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), notes and reports that human rights violations mostly targeted HRD’S who advocate environment, land rights and anti-corruption cases. We do believe that massive human rights violations in the area of environment and land are due to Government policy, under President Joko Widodo’s […]

PAKISTAN: Government facilitates curbing freedom of religion

A Written Submission to the 37th 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 issue of a continual curb on freedom of religion in the country. Pakistan’s systemic discrimination against its minorities is a cause for concern. Since 2002, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has been pushing this, since the designation of Pakistan in the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC). Pakistan has recently been placed on a special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom by the United States […]