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Hon. David Kilgour

Thank you to the organizers of this 18th memorial lecture. It is a pleasure to participate in any event honouring Dr Rosenberg, who did so much to save lives, including those of 301 orphaned Jewish children who remained in Terezin concentration camp northwest of Prague in 1945.

On November 8, 1938, he was in Berlin, helping to rescue families by moving them over mountains to Czechoslovakia. That very night, Kristallnacht, Hitler’s agents murdered 92 ... Read More
Arbitrary detention and torture of a prominent social worker in Manipur
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Human Rights Alert, a human rights organization based in Manipur regarding the arbitrary detention of Mr. Khumukcham Chingkhei Luwang, a prominent social worker and Vice President of International Peace and Social Advancement, from Imphal West District, Manipur. His whereabouts have been changed since his arrest, but the latest news given by a Meira Paibi states that he was in the custody of army and has ... Read More
Remedies to human rights violations a mirage
1.India has one of the most commended and emulated legal systems in Asia. The jurisprudence developed by the country's courts is model to developing and advanced jurisdictions alike in interpreting state responsibility on safeguard human rights guarantees. The judiciary in India enjoys a unique position, shared with only three other jurisdictions in Asia - Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea - concerning independence and absolute non-interference by the executive and by other powerful organs of ... Read More
Absence of compassion & justice must not be the norm on Punjab
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Punjab concerning the protest by fasting held by Mr. Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who ended his fast after 43 days, on 29 December 2013. Khalsa had commenced his protest at the Amb Singh Gurdwara on 14 November to secure the release of all Sikh prisoners that have completed the terms of their sentences. He ended his hunger fast upon the release, on parole, of three prisoners, ... Read More
A pending matter-Aasia Bibi case
Waqar Gillani


Four and a half years after she was first charged with blasphemy, what exactly is happening with Aasia Bibi and her casePeople seem to have forgotten Aasia Bibi while she languishes in one jail or the other for the last four and a half years. Her appeal for review of her death conviction remains pending before the Lahore High Court. In June 2009, Aasia Bibi was asked by her co-workers to fetch water while ... Read More
No redress for sexual harassment at the work place
Anjuman Ara Begum*

Sabita Lahkar, a Guwahati based female journalist called for a press conference on September 10, 2003 demanding justice publicly for sexual harassment at workplace. She was working as the Chief Sub-editor at a vernacular daily Amar Asom. She alleged that her senior, editor in chief and a well known literary figure in the state of Assam had sexually harassed her for a period of three years. She registered a case with the Assam ... Read More
Ahmadis persecuted in the Kingdom
The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to forward this statement regarding persons who chose to join the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam and the treatment they received thereafter.

It is extremely perturbing that we have to bring to the notice of the world’s community the plight of two innocent, loyal citizens of Saudi Arabia who had committed no offence at all, were arrested on 14 May 2012 just because they had chosen to join the The Asian ... Read More
Challenge the Draconian Black Laws in Meghalaya
Thma-U-Rangli-Juki (TUR), a progressive people's organisation, will hold a street corner meeting on the draconian Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA), 1995 and Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order Act (MMPO) to observe International Human Rights Day on 10th December at Khyndai Lad, Shillong at 2 p.m. This will kick off the state wide campaign against attacks on people's right to protest and expose the blatant misuse of these black laws by a corrupt and authoritarian State ... Read More
Assam police fabricate charges over the murder of rights activist
ISSUES: Human rights defender; arbitrary arrest & detention; police accountability; impunity; rule of law

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from human rights activists based in North East India regarding the arbitrary arrest of two persons by fabricating charges in connection with the killing of human rights defender Mr. Manoj Konwar. Mr. Manoj Konwar was working with Assam based human rights organization Manab Adhikar Sangra Samiti (MASS). He raised his voice against rights ... Read More
Nine years on there is no justice for Faraz Ahmed Naveed
Nine years after the brutal murder of Faraz Ahmed Naveed on November 8, 2004 his family still awaits justice. No progress has been made in the investigation. The first report was made by the police officer who attended the scene of the incident and stated that Faraz' body had a bullet wound in his back and bore several marks of torture. The body of Faraz Ahmed Naveed, the son of Baseer Naveed, was immediately taken ... Read More
Irom Sharmila’s ‘attempted suicide’ enters 14th year, democracy’s murder 56th
Avinash Pandey

Irom Sharmila Chanu’s story is a bizarre, almost schizophrenic, tale of absurdities. It has a woman who has not eaten a morsel for a full 13 years. It has a state that has kept her incarcerated for most part of all these years and is force feeding her through a tube in her nose. The fast has wasted her body from within. It has caused her to stop menstruating. Medical reports indicate severe ... Read More
The Politics of Special Legislations in India
Asha Kowtal

I was not yet in my first standard of school when the strategies of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) (earlier known as Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes) were put into force. Way back in 1979-80, the SCSP mandated every State/Ministry to earmark funds from the Plan outlay, atleast in proportion to the population of SCs in the State/Country i.e 16.62\% as per the Census records. It meant that 16.62 \% of the ... Read More
Human rights in Manipur discussed
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward you the following statement from Manipur Convention on "Protection of Human Rights Defenders of Manipur".

The meeting took place at Manipur Press Club, Imphal, Manipur, India, on 19 October 2013 and was organized by the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resource in Manipur, the NE Dialogue Forum, the All Tribal Students Union Manipur, the AZSU, the CCDD, the Human Rights Initiative, the Naga Women's Union, ... Read More
Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai wins EU human rights prize
BRUSSELS: A Pakistani teenage activist shot in the head by the Taliban last year for campaigning for better rights for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award on Thursday, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

Malala Yousafzai, 16, who was attacked in northwestern Pakistan by a group of gunmen who fired on her school bus, is also a favourite among experts and betting agencies to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Sakharov Prize ... Read More
The AHRC will launch a weekly video roundup on human rights
The Asian Human Rights Commission will launch the first issue of a weekly roundup of human rights issues on October 14, 2013. This weekly roundup will be in the form of a video presentation which will attempt to highlight the most prominent human rights issues in the Asian region. Major stories of people fighting for the improvement of human rights, both in the civil and political rights sphere as well as economic, social and cultural ... Read More
Statement on National Food Security Act
Peoples' Rights Forum, Assam and groups working on the Right to Food are relieved that the Government of India, after dragging its feet for over four years since 2009 when it announced its intention to legislate a right to food, finally ensured the passage of the National Food Security Act. This Bill has been brought forward at a time when there are 80 million tonnes of grains in the government godowns and increased public action ... Read More
The right to be informed is the quintessence of independence
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates India and the people of this great nation, on its 67th Independence Day.

The AHRC, however, is concerned to learn that, on 12 August 2013, the Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances, and Pension, on behalf of the Government of India, has introduced a Bill in the lower house of the Indian parliament, the Lok Sabha, seeking an amendment to the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). The Bill ... Read More
British soldier murdered by two Black men opens a Pandora’s Box
The cold blooded killing of an Englishman in British army uniform in broad day light in Woolwich, London by two black men a few days ago was a heinous crime that shocked the public in both England and overseas, but it has nevertheless opened a Pandora’s box related to accountability for crimes committed by people in British army uniform on black and Muslim people in Africa and Middle East over a considerable length of time, ... Read More
Stop witch hunt against human rights activist
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Badwani, Madhya Pradesh state regarding the continuing witch-hunt against human rights defender Ms. Madhuri Krishnaswamy of the Jagrut Adivasi Dalit Sangathan (JADS). Having braved an externment notice, followed by attacks from the locally elected Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and then a vilification campaign by the district magistrate himself, Madhuri is arrested and sent to judicial custody in a 5-year-old case now, which the local ... Read More
INDIA: Reforms without honesty
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) appreciates the proposed reforms to the criminal law in India - Penal Code, 1860; Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and the Evidence Act, 1872. Amendments to the three legislations, collectively known as the Criminal Major Acts, partially address some of the pitfalls in India's criminal law architecture with regard to sexual offences.

The draft text of the proposed amendments, The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2003 is available here . In ... Read More
Witch hung against human rights defenders
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received very disturbing information from Barwani, Madhya Pradesh regarding the administration's continuing witch hunt against human rights defender Ms Madhuri Krishnaswami of the Jagrat Dalit Adivasi Sangthan. In the most recent attack, the District Magistrate has written a letter to the Divisional Commissioner that found its way to Chief Secretary accusing the organisation to have links with Maoists and have demanded an inquiry into the issue. The attack ... Read More
Request to Saudi – recognise migrants’ religious rights
Detained and arrested in 2004 on false proselytising charges, Indian Christian, Brian O’Connor appeals for openness. In his view, granting religious rights to non-Muslims would be a “positive change” for the country. A study by the Centre for Development Studies indicates that the children of Indian migrants “grow up confused,” which may manifest itself “in rebellion, school absenteeism, drop-outs and substance abuse”.

Indian Christian calls on Saudi Arabia to recognise migrants' religious rightsMumbai, January 3, 2013: ... Read More
Increase of crimes and constitutional tomfoolery
Basil Fernando

The construction of a government that prevents one person becoming the prey of another can be said to be the aim of constitutionalism. Ever since Montesquieu, the greatest of political thinkers and statesmen have struggled to develop principles to achieve this aim of preventing citizens becoming prey of rulers who rule not for the purpose of achieving the greater good for the people, but to enrich themselves at the expense of the nation. The ... Read More
The ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding a woman's right to wear a niqab (face-veil)

NEWS RELEASE: The Canadian Race Relations Foundation ... Read More
Human Rights Day Message – 2012
New Delhi, December 9, 2012: On Human Rights Day 2012, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights proffers to the international community the message of Inclusion and the right to participate in public life. The highlights of the message are: everybody has the right to have their voice heard and to have a role in making the decisions that shape their communities; fulfillment of the right to participate in public life is ... Read More
Fight terror with democratic principles: NHRC chief
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Justice K.G. Balakrishnan

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Justice K.G. Balakrishnan

New Delhi, December 1, 2012: The fight against terrorism must be won in accordance with the rule of law, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairman Justice K.G. Balakrishnan said here Saturday, adding that eyeing short-term gains would have serious consequences.

He said the approach to fighting terrorism should be “humane, rational and secular” and “consistent with democratic principles”.

Justice Balakrishnan, a ... Read More
SRI LANKA/BURMA: There is more freedom of expression in Burma now than in Sri Lanka - A conversation with U Nu's daughter
Basil Fernando

We were one of the leading nations in agriculture and many other things in South East Asia. We have lost it all since the 1962 military takeover. Now advisors come from those countries, which were in very difficult position before 1962, to advice us on agriculture, and so many other things. Our health system has collapsed. Our education system, which was of the same quality as that in India those days, has now degenerated. ... Read More
The Supreme Court requests the PSC to withhold the impeachment inquiry
The Supreme Court yesterday (November 22) decided to inform the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to inquire into the allegations made in the impeachment motion filed by a number of Members of Parliament against the Chief Justice. The court is inquiring into a reference made by the Court of Appeal acting in terms of Article 125 of the Constitution referring to the following question relating to the interpretation of the Constitution for the determination of ... Read More
UN human rights chief slams violence towards Christians in Indonesia
Indonesia, November 19, 2012: Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, met with representatives of the Christian, Ahmadiyya, Shia and traditional belief communities on a visit to the country. She said on 13 November:

I was distressed to hear accounts of violent attacks, forced displacement, denial of identification cards and other forms of discrimination and harassment against them. I was also concerned to hear that the police have been failing to provide adequate protection in ... Read More
Race Relations Foundation denounces vandalism of mosque
Toronto: October 5th 2012 --The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is profoundly concerned about the acts of vandalism perpetrated against a Charlottetown mosque in P.E.I. over the past weekend.

"These cowardly acts challenge our shared values of diversity, civility and mutual respect, and must not be tolerated in a civil society," said Albert Lo, Chairperson of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. "The threatening messages are a troubling sign, and offend the values nurtured over the ... Read More
EFI calls upon India to observe international obligations on human rights
New Delhi, October 1, 2012: EFI calls upon India to observe international obligations on human rights; regrets India’s negative stance at UNHRC Universal Periodic review on Communal Violence Prevention legislation, Dalit Christians, and recalling so called “Freedom of Religion Acts” by States.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India welcomes the Indian Government’s assurances of its commitment to Human Rights and specially the Rights of Religious and other minorities, reiterated its Universal Periodic Review under the auspices of ... Read More
Hindu girl to Pak SC: Rather die than convert to Islam
Pakistan, March 28, 2012: Seized by an influential Muslim, with the “political cover” of an elected official, 19 year old Rinkel Kumari launches a desperate appeal to the courts. “Justice is denied Hindus in Pakistan” and therefore asks to “kill me here” in the courtroom. The family, after reporting to police, forced to leave the village in Sindh. Each year there are 300 forced marriages and conversions.

“In Pakistan there is justice only for Muslims, justice ... Read More
Saudi Call is crticized
The All India Christian Council has condemned the call by Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”

Christian Council President Dr Joseph D’ Souza, said the Mufti’s controversial statement placed Christian churches throughout the Arabian peninsula in jeopardy and could have repercussions for religious minorities in other countries.

Council secretary General Dr John Dayal called upon the government of India and other ... Read More
Roméo Dallaire to deliver Pensa lecture in human rights
Senator Roméo Dallaire has seen the worst of humanity. Informed by experience, however, Dallaire brings lessons of hope as he delivers the 2012 Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights at Western University.
His free public lecture, titled "The Will to Intervene," is set for 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 in the Josephine Spencer Niblett Law Building, Room 38.

Dallaire will discuss the need to identify strategic and practical steps to build the political ... Read More
Western hosts prominent U.S. gender equality and civil rights activist
Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University will speak about “The Value of Belonging: Reimagining Equality in the 21st Century” as part of Western University’s Canada-U.S. Institute and its Visiting Fellows Program.

The free public event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Conron Hall (Room 224), University College. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The talk begins at 5:00 p.m., with a book sale and signing to ... Read More
UN favours Sikh in turban case against France
Washington The UN's rights body has concluded that France had violated the religious freedom of a 76-year-old Sikh man when he was asked to remove his turban for his ID photograph, a US-based Sikh group has said.
United Sikh, a Sikh rights body, had filed a communication on behalf of Ranjit Singh to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in December 2008.

Singh, despite his ill-health, has had no access to the public health-care ... Read More
Challenges to human rights defenders
Human rights defenders are on the frontlines to promote human rights and combat violations challenging government and civil society.

Human rights defenders acting against discrimination of all sorts in the country and outside , often at great personal risk to both themselves and their families, are being intimidated, threatened , false cases are foisted and many are murdered and killed.

Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression violence and while working ... Read More
China's human rights record getting worse: US ambassador
Beijing: China's deteriorating human rights record is a growing concern for the United States, even as overall ties between the countries become more entwined, US Ambassador Gary Locke said on Wednesday.

With China drawing criticism from candidates in the US presidential election and Beijing changing Communist Party leaders next year, Locke said the Obama administration would work to maintain forward momentum in relations, including coaxing China to open up wider to US exports and investment ... Read More
Human rights groups press EU to support minority rights in South Asia
Enlarge this pictureWilson Chowdhry with MEP Wikstroem at the EP in BrusselsA manifesto has been presented to the European Union asking that it take action to prevent human rights abuses against minorities in South Asia.

The British Pakistani Christian Association (BCPA) was among the groups at the European Parliament in Brussels to present the manifesto.

The document states that religious, ethnic and sexual minorities are among the most vulnerable groups in South Asia.

They face the threat of ... Read More
Justice for Dr. Chander Grover

South Asia Mail is proud to co-sponsor, along with Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR), a campaign to petition Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to put an end to Dr. Grover’s 25 year ordeal involving his persecution by the National Research Council. The management of South Asia Mail asks for your support to secure justice for Dr. Grover by signing the petition found on the webpage below.


For many years the UN Human Rights ... Read More
Human Rights Resource Kit released
A Human Rights Resource Kit – produced by Office for Justice Peace and Development – was released by His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias at CBCI Centre today. The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) handed the first copy of the Resource Kit to Most Rev Albert D’ Souza, Archbishop of Agra who is also the Secretary General of the CBCI, in the presence of Most Rev Yvon Ambroise, Bishop of Tuticorin and ... Read More
Toronto Judge Rules:“Neuro Leaks emails are admissible”
(OTTAWA, October 6, 2011) – Dr. Waleed AlGhaithy (Neurosurgery Residency Program, University of Ottawa) who was summarily and arbitrary dismissed from the Neurosurgery Program as reprisal for initiating human rights complaints, today was granted permission from the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) to adduce fresh evidence in the pending judicial review of his dismissal. The review hearing is scheduled for November 28, 2011 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

The Honourable Justice Dambrot J. released his October ... Read More
Book on minority rights in MP published
The Catholic Church has published a handbook on the constitutional rights of minorities to safeguard their interests in the communally-sensitive state of Madhya Pradesh. The book is being aimed not just for members of the state’s various minority groups but also for government officials. The state has witnessed more than 100 sectarian attacks since 2003 and its educational institutions, according to several Church sources, are constantly being harassed by the government.

“This is a friendly way ... Read More
Binayak Sen plans campaign against sedition law
Lucknow: Human rights activist Binayak Sen said Sunday that he will soon undertake a nationwide signature campaign to scrap the sedition law under which he was booked in Chattisgarh.

Sen, who is also the vice president of the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), proposes to mobilise at least one million signatures that would be sent to parliament with a demand to repeal section 124 of the Indian Penal Code.

Disclosing this at a seminar ... Read More
The fight of his life: The Grover story
OTTAWA — Physicist Chander Grover has been battling National Research Council Canada before the country's human rights tribunal and courts for almost a quarter of a century.

Neither age, nor health issues, nor mounting legal bills have tempered his resolve to win recompense for the ruin of his once-promising career.

At 68, recently recovered from a serious illness, he remains committed to the fight even in the face of questions from his family about whether it's time ... Read More
Sachar report may lead to Muslims’ ghettoization: Salman Khursheed
Union Minister of Water Resources and Minorities Affairs, Salman Khurshid, speaking at a function; Moosa Raza, Chairman SIET Trust on extreme left

New Delhi: In an important development, marking a radical shift in the UPA government’s approach, from pre-Sachar to post-Sachar period, the Union Minister of Minorities Affairs Salman Khursheed has questioned, both the credibility of the Sachar report and blind acceptance of its recommendations.

Speaking at a function in Chennai on June 25, Khursheed said that ... Read More
Discrimination against minorities to be a crime soon
Khurshid wants the Ministry of Minority Affairs to evolve into the Ministry of Equal Opportunities

New Delhi: If you are not able to get house in any housing societies because you are being discriminated against for being a member of minority community, then the housing society may have to go through three-month jail term and Rs. 5 lakh fine. According to the draft of the proposed Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) bill, prepared by the Ministry of ... Read More
Women criminals & landgrabbers assault pastor in Delhi
Pastor M. S. Jeblin, whose church worship center in the national capital was attacked earlier in 2008

N. Delhi, 11 June, 2011: Pastor M. S. Jeblin, whose church worship center in the national capital was attacked earlier in 2008 by the Hindutva brigade, has recently been made a victim by his neighbours at A/88/B Baljit Nagar, who has the tacit support of these fundamentalist groups. The police are taking no action and hence, Dr. John Dayal ... Read More
Human Rights: A La The European Union Style
Shobha Shukla
(CNS): In a significant development, the European Parliament (EP) has linked the Kashmir dispute with the signing of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India. According to a news (Source: The Nation, 14 June 2011), the para-33 of the resolution passed by the European Parliament on May 11, 2011, over the FTA between India and European Union, states that "Human rights, democracy and security are essential elements of the relationship between EU and India. ... Read More

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