Weekly Roundup Episode 22

Today the AHRC releases the 22th Episode of the Human Rights Asia Weekly Roundup.

In this week’s programme we report about the teenager in Pakistan who set herself on fire when the men who gang raped her were released after bribing the police.

Manipuri hunger striker Irom Sharmila, who has spent 14 years protesting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), is released and re-arrested in what is now an annual ritual.

Manipuri human rights defender Babloo Loitongbam further discusses the AFSPA in relation to the upcoming elections in India.

Basil Fernando talks about the arrests of human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, just as the UN Human Rights Council has proposed a new landmark resolution to investigate war crimes committed by both sides during the end of the war in Sri Lanka.

Kerala lawyer R.K Asha describes her police torture ordeal from her hospital bed.

Lastly, we report on a disturbing report from Thar district in Pakistan, where children are starving to death while the relief wheat meant for them remains unused and is rotting in storage.

In our segment, Voices of Survivors: this week we hear from Biman Bose in Assam, India, who has fought a decades-long battle for justice after brutal torture costing him his livelihood.

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