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2013-01-17: Headlines

  • Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release): ASIA: A radical and innovative Asian theologian passes away 2013-01-17
    Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMI, a Sri Lankan Catholic priest who once came to the attention of the world due to his excommunication by Rome which was later lifted, passed away yesterday in Colombo. He had been unwell for some time and was 89 years of age at the time of his death.He was a trained economist and was ordained as a priest in 1953. He worked in many capacities such as the rector of the Aquinas University College, which was developed...
  • Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release): PHILIPPINES: Problems in enforcing Anti-Torture and Cybercrime Laws 2013-01-17
    On January 15, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC) heard oral arguments questioning the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and its conformity to international norms and standards. The Cybercrime Prevention Act is one...

2013-01-15: Headlines

  • Asian Human Rights Commission News: INDIA: Police fires at two tribal men in Orissa, critically injuring them 2013-01-15
    Mr. Hari Majhi and Mr. Hube Majhi are two tribal men residing at Khaliapada village near Tarbod police outpost within the jurisdiction of Komna Police Station of Nuapada district in Orissa. On 8 January, the two men reportedly went to the forest to lay traps to hunt rabbits and to catch fish from a nearby water body adjacent to their house.
  • Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release): SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: The AHRC writes to the UN and Sri Lankan President 2013-01-15
    Keywords: a.   What is the evidence upon which the court in Saudi Arabia sentenced Rizana for capital punishment?b.   It is reported that the only evidence relied upon by the court is a confession statement, allegedly made by Rizana. If that is the case, we urge Your Excellency to request the Government of Saudi Arabia to inquire the circumstances under which Rizana made this statement.

2013-01-06: Headlines

  • Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release): SRI LANKA : The last five days of Sri Lanka's democracy 2013-01-06
    The Sri Lankan court system will be reduced to a mere administrative mechanism, deprived of the power to take any measure that is contrary to the wishes of the government. Thus, the capacity of the Supreme Court and the other courts to safeguard the dignity and the rights of the individual against the assaults by the state on individuals will come to an end.

2013-01-05: Headlines

  • Asian Human Rights Commission News (press release): SRI LANKA: An early warning 2013-01-05
    The new Chief Justice will not be easily accepted by the legal fraternity, and the protests will be suppressed ruthlessly. This has become a quite a common practice in Sri Lanka. | The state media will be used to attack the removed Chief Justice, the legal fraternity and all those who oppose these moves by the government. All free media will continue to be suppressed.