MDG Plus: Human Rights
Nov 05, 2012 11:03 AM
More than three years after Sri Lanka’s decades-long war came to an end and the return of nearly 470,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the north, thousands of people still remain in flimsy shelters.
[IDPs] [Sri Lanka] [South Asia] [Human rights]
Nov 03, 2012 10:00 AM
The UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has highlighted Sri Lanka’s continued denial of the human rights crisis in the country and the need for independent investigations into new alleged human rights violations and past war crimes.
[Human rights] [South Asia] [UN] [Sri Lanka]
Nov 02, 2012 10:30 AM
Commitments must be followed by action, said national and international human rights organisations in the wake of the review of Pakistan under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.
[Minority] [Human rights] [Pakistan] [South Asia]
Oct 30, 2012 12:13 PM The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called on Bangladesh to open its borders to Rohingyas fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar.
Oct 26, 2012 12:01 PM
Urgent steps are needed if Afghanistan is to avoid a repeat of the deaths among children and adults in the country’s displacement camps that occurred during last year’s bitterly cold winter conditions, a coalition of 30 NGOs including Amnesty International said.
[Human rights] [Amnesty International] [IDP] [South Asia] [Afghanistan]
Oct 22, 2012 04:35 PM
Mismanagement of Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) and its lack of independence, as well as frequent changes of government and an ongoing constitutional stalemate, have weakened the group’s ability to pursue war-era crimes, say officials and activists.
[Nepal] [Human Rights] [South Asia]
Jul 31, 2012 11:42 AM
The United Nations expert on human rights in Burma arrived in the country late Sunday, days after the UN voiced fears that efforts to end unrest in Arakan state in Burma had turned into a crackdown on Muslims.
Jul 24, 2012 05:01 PM
Suspects in the 2009 mutiny by the Bangladesh Rifles border guards (BDR) have been subjected to widespread abuse, torture, and deaths in custody, says a report by Human Rights Watch.
[Human rights] [South Asia] [Bangladesh]
Jun 22, 2012 04:42 PM
Pragya, an eleven-year-old Delhi girl, is waging a relentless battle against a Resident Welfare Association (RWA) to access a neighbourhood park. This park where she has been playing since her childhood, has of late, become inaccessible for her after the RWA of a neighbouring locality walled the park gates adjacent to her house.
[Human rights] [Discrimination] [Delhi Girl, Delhi Child Rights] [India] [Health] [Gender] [Education] [Children]
Jun 21, 2012 01:30 PM
Coming close on the heels of the report about a Nepalese journalist being issued death threats, is a news about a journalist in Bangladesh, Jamal Uddin, who has been hacked to death in Sharsha, Jessore. In most likelihood, Jamal was killed for reporting on a local drug smuggling syndicate, report Bangladesh based Media Watch and other IFEX members.
[Human rights] [Illegal trade] [Journalism]
Jun 20, 2012 03:36 PM
Nepal-based NGO Freedom Forum is concerned about the death threat issued to Arjun Bhattarai, a reporter with the New Karnali monthly magazine. This violation of press freedom occurred in Kalikot, a hilly district in the mid-western region of Nepal. The victim told Freedom Forum that an unknown caller threatened him and also warned that the magazine and its office would be torched. The NGO says that such threats might prompt self-censorship among journalists.
[Human rights] [Media] [Activism] [Nepal] [South Asia]
Jun 20, 2012 01:00 PM The Asian Human Rights Commission has raised questions over the death in custody of a young woman, Nan Woh Phan, in Rangoon, Burma. AHRC feels that it is the handling of Who Phan’s death which would elucidate, whether or not policing, prosecutorial and judicial agencies in Burma are responding to the political changes in the country.
Jun 20, 2012 11:11 AM Human Right Watch has expressed shock over Bangladesh’s state of inaction in providing assistance to the asylum seeking refugees from Myanmar. Bill Frelick, refugees director at HRW said it was tragic that Bangladesh made forced returns on the World Refugee Day. Bangladesh should abide by its obligations under international law not to return Rohingya fleeing violence in Burma, Human Rights Watch said.
Apr 02, 2012 01:06 PM
A United Nations Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions has urged the Government of India to fight the high level of impunity that the police and armed forces enjoy for extrajudicial killings, especially in the conflict-ridden north-eastern region and the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
[India] [Conflict] [United Nations]
Mar 28, 2012 10:33 AM
The exiled refugees who fled oppression in Burma have filed a petition before the United States government seeking an end to human rights abuses against ethnic minorities by the Burmese Army.
[Human rights] [Refugees]
Mar 23, 2012 12:46 PM
A Pakistani NGO has said that women and children from Bangladesh and Aghanistan are being sold to traffickers due to poverty. A social worker alleged that even influential figures, in women ministries of human rights and child protection committees have young children as servants.
[Human rights] [Pakistan] [South Asia]
Mar 16, 2012 10:51 AM
Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has taken the tale of constant struggle and survival of victims of acid attacks to international audiences through her Oscar winning documentary.
[Gender] [South Asia] [Pakistan]
Mar 13, 2012 11:16 AM
A meeting called to address the issue of disabled air travelers by the civil aviation ministry proves to be a fiasco as most airlines and even the ministry of social justice stay away.
[India] [South Asia] [Disability] [Rights]