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Friday Forum demands SB’s resignation

Published in The Ada Derana on Dec. 21 :: The Friday Forum, a grouping of Sri Lankan intelligentsia, has asked for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake, for the controversial remarks made by him against former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.   Opposition politicians as well as women’s rights group have been up in arms over...

Statement of Concern regarding Tribunal’s Contempt Judgment on David Bergman

We express our deep concern about the use of contempt of court law to curb freedom of expression and at the recent conviction and sentencing of journalist David Bergman by the International Crimes Tribunal 2 on charges of “contempt of court”. We state firmly and unequivocally that those responsible for committing genocide and other international crimes during the Liberation War must be prosecuted...

SAHR Condemns the Massacre in Peshawar

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) condemns the massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar where 141 people have been killed of which 132 are children. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those that have been injured. The horrific incident is yet another example of the barbaric nature of the groups that commit heinous crimes...

The sacrifice of intellectuals

Published in The Daily Star on Dec. 14 by Meghna Guhathakurta:: Bangladesh stands out among many nations as one with a special day that commemorates the sacrifice of the Intellectuals. It has often been commented whether it was justifiable to separate them from others who were victims of a gory history of mass killings. But the fact is that the...

Fishermen issue: India, Pak hope to reach deal

Published in The Hindustan Times on Dec. 15 by Rahul Singh :: India will push for an arrangement with Pakistan under which both countries could take a slightly lenient view of maritime trespass by their fishermen in the Arabian Sea, a senior defence ministry official told HT. India will hold high-level talks with Pakistan on December 17-18 here to discuss...

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PAKISTAN: ‘Govt must protect rights defenders’

Published in The Express Tribune, December 13th, 2014 by Amel Ghani :: Human rights organisations have suffered great losses over the past year and Rashid Rehman’s death has made it even more pertinent to look into the security of human rights defenders, Tanveer Jahan, director of the Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD), said in her opening address at a...

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BANGLADESH: The unending woes of uncertainty

Families of missing people express helplessness as they recall their loved ones Published in The Dhaka Tribune on Dec. 11 by Mohammad Jamil Khan :: Three-year-old Adiba, who has barely learned to speak, stood desolately holding a placard with a picture of her father who has been missing sincelast year. Her mother Tanzin Akther stood by her, relating to the...

SAHR Panel Discussion on Promotion, Protection and Enforcement of ESC Right to Housing and Protection against Arbitrary Evictions

Date: 23 November 2014 Venue:Kathmandu, Nepal  B. Skanthakumar providing the Introduction to the Panel Discussion Country perspectives on the status of right to housing and protection against arbitrary evictions Dr. Asadhulla Ibrahim from Afghanistan speaking at the SAHR Panel Discussion Dr. Ishrat Islam from Bangladesh speaking at the SAHR Panel Discussion Datta Ishwalkar from India speaking at the SAHR Panel Discussion...

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PAKISTAN: How Pakistan’s women are punished for love

Published in The BBC News on Dec. 12 by Yalda Hakim :: In a country fighting to preserve patriarchal and tribal traditions, Pakistan’s women can face brutality – and even death – if they fall in love with the wrong person. Arifa, 25, dared to stand up to her family, running away with the man she fell in love with...