INDIA: Paddy crop failure hits Nuapada farmers hard

INDIA: Paddy crop failure hits Nuapada farmers hard

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – HUNGER ALERT PROGRAMME Hunger Alert Case: AHRC-HAC-003-2016 29 November 2016 —————————————————— INDIA: Paddy crop failure hits Nuapada farmers hard ISSUES: Indigenous people; institutional reform; labour rights; land rights; poverty & adequate standard of living; right to food; right to redress —————————————————— Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) hasContinue Reading INDIA: Paddy crop failure hits Nuapada farmers hard

INDIA: Their house demolished, poor family exposed to the elements

INDIA: Their house demolished, poor family exposed to the elements

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – HUNGER ALERT PROGRAMME Hunger Alert Case: AHRC-HAC-002-2016 30 September 2016 —————————————————— INDIA: Their house demolished, poor family exposed to the elements ISSUES: Right to food; inhuman and degrading treatment; corruption; impunity; rule of law, forced evictions. —————————————————— Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from localContinue Reading INDIA: Their house demolished, poor family exposed to the elements

INDIA: Another starvation death at Dumchipara Tea Garden

INDIA: Another starvation death at Dumchipara Tea Garden

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – HUNGER ALERT PROGRAMME Hunger Alert Case: AHRC-HAC-001-2016 22 July 2016 —————————————————— INDIA: Another starvation death at Dumchipara Tea Garden ISSUES: Right to food; inhuman and degrading treatment; corruption; impunity; rule of law —————————————————— Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from MASUM about yet another starvationContinue Reading INDIA: Another starvation death at Dumchipara Tea Garden

INDONESIA: Army forcibly sealing off houses in Gunung Sari, ignoring legal procedures

INDONESIA: Army forcibly sealing off houses in Gunung Sari, ignoring legal procedures

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME Hunger Alert Case: AHRC-HAC-008-2015 July 24, 2015 ——————————————————————— INDONESIA: Army forcibly sealing off houses in Gunung Sari, ignoring legal procedures ISSUES: Forced eviction, housing rights, law enforcement, violence against women ——————————————————————— Dear Friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the sealing off ofContinue Reading INDONESIA: Army forcibly sealing off houses in Gunung Sari, ignoring legal procedures

INDIA: A Mother and her six month old child face food and health insecurity under bonded labour

INDIA: A Mother and her six month old child face food and health insecurity under bonded labour

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a mother and her six month old child are currently facing food and health insecurity caused by bonded labour. The family living in the Balangir district of Orissa regularly migrated to Bangalore for the last two years to earn their daily food by working in a brick kiln. They did not have any resources to survive in the village. The mother lost her first daughter in 2008 due to lack of medical care. She currently faces a similar situation that may cause serious illness to her son and herself as the brick kiln owner allegedly does not provide adequate food and health care. Despite the passage of more than ten days since the husband managed to flee from the brick kiln to make a complaint to the district administration, the family has yet to get any help. There are two other families working in the same brick kiln as bonded labourers, which are legally banned in India. The food insecurity in Balangir has been driving the poor in the village to bonded labour. Read more about INDIA: A Mother and her six month old child face food and health insecurity under bonded labour

BANGLADESH: Extremely poor elderly are denied their right to life with dignity, deprived of food and health security in Gaibandha district

BANGLADESH: Extremely poor elderly are denied their right to life with dignity, deprived of food and health security in Gaibandha district

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received further information regarding the elderly suffering from food and health insecurity in Northern Bangladesh, which was initially reported in case (AHRC-HAG-002-2010). Four elderly have been denied their right to adequate food and health care, despite being eligible to receive benefits from the social security programs aiming to ensure food and health security in Bangladesh. All are landless, suffer from a range of health problems, and have no fixed source of income. They are reduced to begging because of the lack of the necessary funds to secure relief cards. It is alleged that corruption is involved because there is evidence that relief cards are only allocated to those who pay sufficient bribes to the officials. Read more about BANGLADESH: Extremely poor elderly are denied their right to life with dignity, deprived of food and health security in Gaibandha district

BANGLADESH: Corruption promotes food and health insecurity for elderly widows in Northern Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Corruption promotes food and health insecurity for elderly widows in Northern Bangladesh

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding elderly widows suffering from food and health insecurity. There has been no assistance from the government despite them being entitled to be beneficiaries of the social security programs. The corrupt public representatives, and servants in charge of implementation of the programs have deprived the elderly widows of their rights. It is discovered that some of the beneficiaries receiving food or cash subsidies had to pay bribes directly or indirectly to the public representatives of the Union Council. All the victims are landless and currently forced to beg to get food. Read more about BANGLADESH: Corruption promotes food and health insecurity for elderly widows in Northern Bangladesh

PHILIPPINES: 28 families are exposed to life insecurity after their houses and farms are illegally demolished by the Sheriff in Mindanao

PHILIPPINES: 28 families are exposed to life insecurity after their houses and farms are illegally demolished by the Sheriff in Mindanao

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines-Mindanao (TFDP) that the houses and properties, including the farms and trees of 28 families (137 villagers) were illegally demolished from the land they had lived on for more than 50 years in Bukidnon Province, Mindanao. The sheriff who commanded the destruction of all 28 families ignored a court order to exclude 11.5 out of 16.9 hectares, and furthermore he did not inform the villagers before the demolition. Consequently, all the victims currently suffer from lack of food and livelihood and are living in make-shift shelters. In particular, the children are extremely exposed to food and health insecurity. The victims filed complaints with the law enforcement agencies as well as other relevant government authorities. However their right to life is under threat and they are being neglected by the government. Read more about PHILIPPINES: 28 families are exposed to life insecurity after their houses and farms are illegally demolished by the Sheriff in Mindanao

INDIA: Another massive misappropriation of government funds to ensure food security in Orissa

INDIA: Another massive misappropriation of government funds to ensure food security in Orissa

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from human rights defenders in Orissa who have discovered that government funds to ensure food security by providing employment in rural areas have been allegedly misappropriated by local officials. A farm pond project that was started to ensure salaries for the workers but they were forced to stop working and pay bribes instead. When the case was revealed, the alleged perpetrators tried to silence the human rights activists who brought it to light by assaulting them and filing fabricated cases against them. One of the perpetrators has been given a show cause notice but no guarantee that justice will be granted has been given to the victims. Read more about INDIA: Another massive misappropriation of government funds to ensure food security in Orissa

INDIA: Government’s neglect and corruption drives a 30 year-old Dalit woman to death through starvation

INDIA: Government’s neglect and corruption drives a 30 year-old Dalit woman to death through starvation

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) draws your attention to the starvation death of a 30-year-old woman belonging to the Scheduled Caste (known as ‘untouchables’ or ‘Dalits’) in Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh. According to the field research by Jay Shiksha Kendra and the Right to Food Support Group, all the members of the family, including the victim, could barely manage to obtain half a piece of Indian bread per day during the last month. The deceased victim did not eat any food for four days before she died on December 16, 2009. Despite of this, to date, no government programmes targeting the poor have reached the family. Read more about INDIA: Government’s neglect and corruption drives a 30 year-old Dalit woman to death through starvation