BANGLADESH: New book “Human Rights and Governance: Bangladesh” released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-004-2013 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BANGLADESH: New book “Human Rights and Governance: Bangladesh” released (Hong Kong, November 6, 2013): The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) has published a new book titled, “Human Rights and Governance: Bangladesh” edited by Md Shariful Islam, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka, and contributed by eleven authors, including the editor, in nine chapters. The edited volume is an outcome of an ALRC project titled, “Corruption, Torture and Extrajudicial Killing in BANGLADESH: Examining the Role of State Institutions” that took place mostly between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. As the […]

INDIA: A widow’s voice from Manipur resounds at the UN Human Rights Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-003-2013 A Joint Press Release by Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM), India and the Asian Legal Resource Centre INDIA: A widow’s voice from Manipur resounds at the UN Human Rights Council (Hong Kong, 31 May 2013) Ms. Neena Ningombam, representing the Extrajudicial Execution Victim Families Association, Manipur (EEVFAM) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) spoke at the 23rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Neena spoke about extrajudicial executions in India and South Asia in the context of the report filed by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the Council. The speech could […]

INDIA: Discussion on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-002-2013 A Joint Press Release by Human Rights Alert and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (Hong Kong, May 27, 2013) Human Rights Alert (HRA) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) will hold a discussion on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) at Palais des Nations, on 29 June, 2013. The discussion will coincide with the report of the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the 23 Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The report, A/HRC/23/47/Add.1, dated 26 April 2013, covers the Rapporteur’s visit to India. The Rapporteur’s report deals at length the ill effects of AFSPA, […]

BANGLADESH: Rights groups urge the international community to make UPR a meaningful process

(Dhaka/Hong Kong: 17 February 2013): After a series of consultations held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and Odhikar has urged the international community to participate in their fullest during the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Bangladesh. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva will hold the UPR in April, this year. The participants discussed key issues concerning democracy, rule of law and fundamental human rights in Bangladesh that should be reviewed in the UPR. The participants reviewed documents, including the state party report filed in advance to the UPR. Reiterating the importance of the UPR, the participants agreed that the process could be made more […]

BANGLADESH: Citizens and the UN deceived

Contrary to the assurance to the UN and against the domestic law in Bangladesh, negating due process, the Government of Bangladesh has thus far withdrawn 6855 cases of murder, rape, robbery, corruption, extortion and the keeping of illegal arms. The excuse cited while executing the ‘crown prerogative’ by the government is that all these cases are ‘politically motivated.’

NEPAL: NGOs hold event on the need for greater international action on chronic human rights situations, with a focus on Nepal

This has resulted in a monitoring gap, at a time when Nepal’s political and constitutional future looks bleak. Limited implementation of its recommendations and concerns about the newly adopted NHRC Act curtail the NHRC’s independence and mandate and cast serious doubt over its capacity in this regard.

SRI LANKA/FRANCE: Torture in Sri Lanka — when arbitrariness prevails

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-002-2012 A Joint Press Release by ACAT France and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) SRI LANKA/FRANCE: Torture in Sri Lanka — when arbitrariness prevails (Hong Kong, June 26, 2012) Paris — Hong Kong, 26 June 2012. On June 26th, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, ACAT-France, in collaboration with the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), releases “When arbitrariness prevails” a new report providing an overview of the phenomenon of torture in Sri Lanka. The findings are devastating: three years after the end of the conflict between governmental forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) the use of torture and […]

BURMA/MYANMAR: Bar councils exhorted to support Burmese lawyers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-004-2011 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BURMA/ MYANMAR: Bar councils exhorted to support Burmese lawyers (Hong Kong, December 23, 2011) The Asian Legal Resource Centre on Friday issued an appeal to bar councils worldwide to support lawyers in Burma who have had their licences revoked for political reasons. In a special appeal to the International Bar Association, International Council of Jurists and bar councils around the world, the director of the Hong Kong-based regional research and advocacy group asked that the professional bodies write to urge the Supreme Court in Burma to review the circumstances under which 32 lawyers lost their […]

THAILAND: International community urged on impunity of “drug war” killers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-003-2011 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre THAILAND: International community urged on impunity of “drug war” killers (Hong Kong, October 6, 2011) The killers of thousands of persons during the “war on drugs” conducted in Thailand from 2003 to 2005 continue to enjoy impunity for their crimes over six years on, a relative of one teenage victim of extrajudicial killing said at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva on Monday. Mrs. Pikul Phromchan told delegates participating in an event convened by non-governmental organizations FORUM-ASIA, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) at the UN, two […]

BURMA/ MYANMAR: ALRC endorses call on rule of law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE ALRC-PRL-002-2011 A Press Release by the Asian Legal Resource Centre BURMA/ MYANMAR: ALRC endorses call on rule of law (Hong Kong, April 29, 2011) The Asian Legal Resource Centre has strongly endorsed the contents of a letter by the National League for Democracy to Burma’s president calling for action on the rule of law. In a statement released on Monday, the NLD said that its deputy chairperson, U Tin Oo, had sent a letter to the new president, U Thein Sein, on April 5 in which he said that since the sitting of a new parliament in January up to now there had been no […]