PAKISTAN: Human trafficking a systemic failure of the State and its institutions of justice

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rise in human trafficking in Pakistan. The country is a source, transit, and destination for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking, specifically for forced labor and prostitution. According to reports, women and girls from Afghanistan, China, Russia, Nepal, Iran, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan are subjected to sex trafficking in Pakistan.

INDONESIA: Lack of human rights policy in business sectors

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about human rights violations in Indonesia’s business sectors. Currently, the Indonesian government is geared towards encouraging and inviting foreign investors to invest in Indonesia, in the hope that foreign investment will strengthen the country’s economy. However, the government’s business policy has led to increased land confiscation and other agrarian conflicts. At the same time, no effective mechanism on agrarian conflict resolution has been put in place.

THAILAND: Unfair Trial in the Military Courts

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the fact that on 13 March 2015, in response to expressed concerns about trials of civilians in Military Courts, Thailand’s delegation to the United Nations (UN) stated to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) that Thailand “is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights of all persons” and that “only a limited number of cases of those who are accused of committing serious offences are submitted to Military Courts”. 2. The ALRC would like to point out the manifest inaccuracy of this statement. The May 2014 Military coup, […]

INDONESIA: Freedom of opinion and expression under serious threat

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Independent Journalist Alliance of Indonesia (AJI Indonesia) wish to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rampant human rights violations against the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Indonesia. Under current President Joko Widodo’s administration, the security forces and vigilante groups are the actors to committing these violations most frequently.

BANGLADESH: Justice mechanisms require re-engineering

The United Nations Human Rights Council is now ten years of age. Since its inception a decade ago, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has participated in the Council, with special focus on the independence of the judges and lawyers in many Asian countries like Bangladesh. The ALRC has reiterated the need for comprehensive understanding into the realities of justice mechanisms in Bangladesh. It has also highlighted the necessity of effective contribution from the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights mechanisms and the international community.

INDONESIA: Dismal law enforcement prevents remedies for summary executions

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to Indonesia’s dismal standard of punishment for summary executions. Perpetrators are merely sentenced with light punishment, and, moreover, police are generally reluctant to investigate cases of torture and murders involving the Anti-Terror Police Unit (Detachment 88). In addition, the Indonesian government has yet to show serious commitment to prosecute past cases of extrajudicial killings, such as the murder of Munir Said Thalib, the killing of labour activist Marsinah, as well as numerous extrajudicial killings that have occurred in conflict areas, such as Papua.

INDIA: Extrajudicial execution to subdue indigenous communities must end

The Indian state of Odisha is home to a large section of India’s indigenous people. Most of them are poor and their lives depend on forests they call home. They are the original inhabitants of the land. Unfortunately, this peace-loving people are today forcefully dispossessed from their lands, illegally and arbitrarily arrested, and face death at the hands of the state agencies. The Indian state of Odisha is blessed with natural wealth. Of this includes an estimated 30% of the land covered by some form of forest and the state accounting for 83, 92, 55, 38 and 26 per cent of chromite, nickel, bauxite, iron ore and coal resources of […]

PAKISTAN: Extrajudicial killings make a mockery of failed judicial institutions

1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rise in extrajudicial killings committed by Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) officials. Since the start of the Military operation Zarb-e-Azb two years ago, extrajudicial killings have increased manifold. When the operation began, the government vowed to keep a check on the excesses of LEA’s to ensure innocent persons would not be arrested; there were talks about constituting a monitoring committee. However, as is usual with State formed committees, this one failed to deliver; extrajudicial killings are rampant with total impunity for State officers involved.

BANGLADESH: Democracy and competent justice mechanisms needed to stop extrajudicial executions

There has been a continuing discussion about extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which has now been in operation for ten years since inception. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has shared analytical information with the Council underlining the depth of the systemic human rights problems in Bangladesh in the last ten years. There is a dire need to review the UN Human Rights mechanisms in order to address extrajudicial executions, flagrant violations of the right to life.