Acid attacks on women in Bangladesh

Item 12(a) : INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 21. Acid Attacks on Women in Bangladesh Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 12(a) of the Provisional Agenda INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Acid attacks on women in Bangladesh 1. While violence against women remains prevalent throughout Asia, acid attacks on women, especially in Bangladesh, stand out as one of its most despicable and barbaric manifestations. 2. Women are guaranteed equal legal protection […]

Violence against Dalit women in India and Nepal

Item 12(a) : INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 20. Violence Against Dalit Women in India and Nepal Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 12(a) of the Provisional Agenda INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Violence against Dalit women in India and Nepal 1. 260 million Dalits in South Asia suffer structural discrimination and violence on the basis of descent and occupation. Dalits are stigmatised as “polluted” and “impure” and therefore “untouchable”, denying […]

Honor Killing (Karo-Kari) in Pakistan

Item 12(a) : INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 19. Honor Killing (Karo-Kari) in Pakistan Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 12(a) of the Provisional Agenda INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Honor Killing (Karo-Kari) in Pakistan 1. Pakistan ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against women (CEDAW) in 1989. Despite that, there is a very high level of violence against girls and women in the country. Judging […]

Rape and police inaction in Sri Lanka

Item 12(a) : INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 18. Rape and Police Inaction in Sri Lanka Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 12(a) of the Provisional Agenda INTEGRATION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Rape and police inaction in Sri Lanka 1. Sex, the most beautiful and sacred element of life and creative source of energy, is frequently debased into a tool-a weapon-to defeat, humiliate and destroy Asia’s women and children. This form […]

Denial of the right of conscientious objection to military service in South Korea

Item 11(g) : CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE 17. Denial of the right of conscientious objection to military service in South Korea Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(g) of the Provisional Agenda CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO MILITARY SERVICE Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organisation with general consultative status Denial of the right of conscientious objection to military service in Republic of Korea 1. The Commission has reaffirmed the universal right to conscientiously object to military service as a legitimate exercise of the right […]

National Security Laws In Asia

Item 11(f) : CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: STATES OF EMERGENCY 16. National Security Laws In Asia Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(f) of the Provisional Agenda CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: STATES OF EMERGENCY Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status National Security Laws in Asia 1. “National security” is one of the most controversial concepts in current political and human rights discourse. On the one hand, states usually maintain that “national security” is necessary for the survival of their society and people and should take precedence over […]

Religious Intolerance in Asia

Item 11(e) : CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS OF: RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE 15. Religious Intolerance in Asia Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(e) of the Provisional Agenda CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS OF: RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Religious Intolerance in Asia 1. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Notwithstanding, the Asian Legal Resource Centre concurs with the Special Rapporteur that “the situation with regard to intolerance and discrimination based on religion or belief is alarming” (A/55/280, paragraph 133). In the […]

Impunity in Sri Lanka

Item 11(d) : INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, IMPUNITY 14. Impunity in Sri Lanka Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(d) of the Provisional Agenda INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY, ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, IMPUNITY Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Impunity in Sri Lanka 1. In Sri Lanka there is near complete impunity for state officers alleged to have caused serious crimes such as murder, torture, disappearances, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The very judicial framework of the country in fact promotes and accommodates impunity. The present 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka has […]

Freedom of Expression in Asia

Item 11(c) : CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION 13. Freedom of Expression in Asia Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(c) of the Provisional Agenda CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), A non-governmental organization with general consultative status Freedom of expression in Asia 1. In Asia, freedom of expression is widely suppressed under the pretexts of national security and public order, defamation, blasphemy, and-since September 11-‘anti-terrorism’. Each year, many media workers and people who have voiced opinions different from the authorities have been detained, tortured, […]

Disappearances in Sri Lanka

Item 11(b) : CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS OF: DISAPPEARANCES AND SUMMARY EXECUTIONS 12. Disappearances in Sri Lanka Link to UNCHR COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Fifty-eighth Session Item 11(b) of the Provisional Agenda CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING QUESTIONS OF: DISAPPEARANCES AND SUMMARY EXECUTIONS Written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ARLC), a non-governmental organization with general consultative status Disappearances in Sri Lanka 1. The December 1999 recommendations of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to the Government of Sri Lanka (E/CN.4/2000/64/Add.1) have-all but for one-not been implemented. Although an Inter-ministerial Committee of Secretaries was appointed to look into implementation, it did not do anything […]