Weekly Roundup Episode 23

Today the AHRC releases the 23th Episode of the Human Rights Asia Weekly Roundup.

In this week’s programme we will bring you a special feature on the 12th anniversary of the gruesome Gujarat massacre during which widespread communal riots killed thousands of Muslims and others as well as how India, despite several investigations, is still deeply divided regarding the events that took place and who should be held responsible. Johanna Lokhande and Mihir Desai investigated the incident and speak with our news team from India.

In news from the 24th UNHCR Sessions in Geneva, we cover the Human Rights Council’s deliberations on the US backed resolution on Sri Lanka that promotes reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in the country.

We also bring you a special feature on the pattern of disappearances in Bangladesh, where enforced disappearances are seeing a significant increase. More than 30 incidents of disappearances have been reported within the two months period from January to February this year.

In another story we highlight the Dalit discrimination in Nepal, on the International Day Against Racial Discrimination, which falls on 31st March 2014. The theme this year focuses on the “Role of Leaders in Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination”.

In Pakistan a 17-year-old girl has been buried alive for marrying by her own choice outside of her caste. She has been buried alive upon the instructions of a Jirga, an illegal court run by tribal chiefs. The local police, to date, have not registered a case against the perpetrators but have instead assigned security guards at the grave so that it cannot be visited.

Lastly, in this week’s segment on the “Voice of survivors” we speak with a victim from Sri Lanka.

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