New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights today condemned the massacre of over 60 Adivasis including 18 children and 23 women in Assam last night in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts allegedly by members of the National Democratic Front of Bodolond (Songbijit faction) as crimes against humanity as defined under the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court.
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New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned ongoing attacks on the Buddhist and Hindu minorities at Ramu, Ukhia, Patia and Teknaf under Chittagong Division of Bangladesh by the Muslim religious fanatics since the evening of 29 September 2012. At least 24 temples have been burnt down, dozens of Buddhist villages attacked displacing thousands of minorities.
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On 11-12 August 2012, a team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) consisting of Planning Commission Member, Dr. Syeda Hameed, Advisor Dr. G. B Panda, and Member of NCM, Keki N. Daruwalla visited the riot affected areas of western Assam.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to express its deep concern at the latest developments in the establishment of transitional justice institutions in Nepal. On 19 April 2012, the major political parties of Nepal agreed to merge the initially proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission of Investigation into Disappearances into one unique commission, the Integrated Reconciliatory Commission, placing a heavy emphasis on Reconciliation over Justice.
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New Delhi: About 30,000 remaining Bru displaced persons sheltered in Tripura have agreed to return to their homes in Mizoram following new assurance of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India through the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) to support projects for sustainable development of the returnees.
New Delhi: The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today welcomed the resumption of the repatriation of Bru internally displaced persons to Mizoram from today.
The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the ongoing work of the Advisory Committee concerning the issue of missing persons. The ALRC has on numerous occasions informed the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the large number of missing persons in Pakistan. The country is beset by grave and widespread human rights violations by various State-agencies and institutions, notably by the notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the military.
New Delhi: "A total of 154 Bru families displaced from Mizoram in November 2009 returned to their homes today in 78 commander jeeps with one police escort for every 10 jeeps. The state government of Mizoram and the state government of Tripura provided the transport and security facilities.
With relations between parties already at their nadir, the Indian position is only contributing to adding fuel to the fire. As a nation that has the greatest stake in a stable Nepal, Delhi should instead be following a policy of conciliation - not confrontation - between parties."- The Kathmandu Post in its Editorial on 23rd December, 2009
Tensions are high in Nepal, sparked initially by the deaths of at least four Maoist supporters by security forces following a protest over land grabbing in Kailali on 4th December 2009.
Aizawl/Agartala: The Fact Finding Team (FFT) of the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) consisting of Mr Suhas Chakma, Mr Bamang Tago (Anthony), Mr Nava Thakuria and Mr Mangal Debbarma completed the fact finding mission to Mizoram and Tripura from 8 to 15 December 2009. The ACHR was invited by the Mizoram government to investigate the recent incidents that led to exodus of the hundreds of Brus from Mizoram to Tripura.
One of the least reported, but most significant changes in Nepali politics since the 2006 People's Movement is the emergence of the 'Madhes' as a political force. With the opening of the democratic space, the Madhesis, who largely but not exclusively live in the southern plains and constitute 33 percent of the population, asserted themselves. The Madhes speak languages like Maithili, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Hindi and Urdu and have extensive cross-border ties with India.
In May 2009, the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) warned of growing threats to sustainable peace in Nepal. Since that time, Nepal's politics have continued to polarize. Nepal still has two armies - the Nepal Army and the Maoist People's Liberation Army, both with sharply opposing political ambitions. The peace process is stalled. Outside Kathmandu, the country is falling into anarchy: strikes have paralysed the country, armed (including ethnic-based) groups, societal violence and criminality proliferate.
The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) publishes its 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights in India as the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government assumes its second term following the elections.
The findings of the report are a clear challenge to the new government.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stated on the 13th March:
"Certain actions being undertaken by the Sri Lankan military and by the LTTE may constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law." Pillay said. "We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned by the reported pronouncement of the Deputy Director General, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Avelino Razon Jr., that they are shipping a thousand shotguns to arm "selected, screened and trained" police auxiliaries in southern Mindanao.
SAARC urged to draft regional human rights mechanism
New Delhi: The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today releases a comparative assessment of the human rights records of South Asian governments.
The South Asia Human Rights Index 2008 finds that under the ACHR's index scoring system Sri Lanka (with 52 points) is the worst human rights violator in South Asia followed by Bangladesh (45), Bhutan (43), Pakistan (41), Maldives (23), Nepal (24) and India (24). Afghanistan has not been included for …