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Human Rights Report 2012

Jan 15, 2013

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has published the following annual reports on the State of Human Rights for this year.

Exclusive reports on various South Asian countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan have been released to mark the International Day for Human Rights.

Talking about India, the report says that the government should stop playing the catch-up role with administrative reforms that has happened across the world, in more developed countries. The report says that in light of the resources and potential the country has, Indians, irrespective of the region, language, religion or ethnicity deserve much more than what is today offered to them.

Realisation of advanced living conditions in India, the report says is central to the equal ability of every Indian to enjoy all fundamental freedoms. For this, the report emphasis, it is elementary that the overall justice framework in India should improve.  According to the report, even the smallest improvement India could achieve on this front will have an immediate positive impact in other countries in Asia and globally and further legitimise India's moral authority upon global issues, that today it lacks miserably.

Discussing Bangladesh, the higher judiciary in the country is getting increasingly crippled with recruitment of persons having political loyalty to the regime that ultimately damages the very notion and existence of an independent judiciary.

According to the report, the policing system of Bangladesh remains synonymous to coerciveness, as it has been in the past, to survive as an extended hand of the rulers to brutalise the political opposition, and ordinary citizens, of the country.

The report cautions that exercising freedom of expression is a big challenge in Bangladesh, while several journalists were killed, threatened, harassed in the midst of attempts of closing dissident media houses while the State agents forced media authorities to block access or terminate the employment of outspoken journalists.

Click here for the report.

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