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INDIA: An apology will not end corruption PDF Print E-mail
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A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

Despite the slow crackdown on corruption in India, the two recent incidents of assault upon human rights and right to information activists in the country reiterates the fear that fighting corruption is suicidal in India. Of the two incidents, one is reported from Jharkhand and the other from Rajasthan. In Jharkhand, criminals abducted Mr. Niyamat Ansari, a human rights defender and right to information activist working in Latehar district from his residence in Jerua village on 2 March, assaulted him brutally for about an hour and left him for dead. Ansari though was taken to the Latehar Sadar Hospital, died at the hospital on the same day. In Rajasthan, on 3 March human rights and right to information activist Mr. Mangalaram suffered serious injuries when a gang of assailants attacked him with axe and sticks. One of the attackers tried to shoot Mangalaram with his pistol, which was prevented by the bystanders.

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INDIA: Human rights defender murdered for challenging corruption PDF Print E-mail

ISSUES: Corruption; Police inaction; Right to life; Threats to human rights defender

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the murder of human rights activist Mr. Niyamat Ansari in Kope Gram Panchayat of Latehar District, Jharkhand state, on 2 March, as well as a similar attempt on the same day upon the life of his associate Mr. Bhukhan Singh. It is reported that the local private contractors engaged in the implementation of employment generation schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) are behind the murder since Ansari and Singh were trying to expose the corruption behind the utilisation of funds under the MGNREGA. Only one person has been arrested so far despite nationwide public outcry for immediate arrest of the suspects.

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ASIA: Unabated violence against women impedes social change PDF Print E-mail

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission on the occasion of the International Women's Day

For 100 years now, a strong struggle for equal rights between genders has been taking place in the world. International women's day is the opportunity to celebrate women's economic, political and social achievements. It is the day to acknowledge the enormous potential of women in service of the prosperity of their communities and the core societal role they have to play for peace and political and economic development in their countries. Having educated and empowered women actively participating in every sphere of the public life of their country has for long been acknowledged as the key to development and prosperity in all the countries of the world. Discrimination against women has been formally recognized as a violation of human dignity and as riding roughshod over the concept that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and in rights.

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ASIA: Large numbers of disappearances not addressed despite efforts of UN Working Group PDF Print E-mail

An Oral Statement to the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) applauds the invaluable work of the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances. It also welcomes the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. The ALRC urges all Council members and observers to ratify this important new instrument without delay or reservation and ensure its full and effective implementation.

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PAKISTAN: The brutal assassination of Minister Shahbaz Bhatti exposes the nexus between the security PDF Print E-mail
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The Asian Human Rights Commission deplores the cold blooded murder of Minister Bhatti

Pakistan, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the world at large has lost a great advocate in the cause of human rights in general and religious minorities in particular by the brutal assassination of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, the Federal Minister for Religious Minorities. Mr. Bhatti, the only Christian minister, was shot to death while traveling in his official car on March 2 in Islamabad exactly two months after the murder of Salman Taseer, the former governor of Punjab. The linking cause behind these two high profile assassinations was their support of the proposed amendments to the blasphemy laws.

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