Category: Press Statements – Afghanistan

SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam

24 March 2014 SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) mourns the death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam, human rights activist, Attorney-at-Law and former Bureau Member of SAHR, who passed away on 22 March 2014. She is also a founder member of the Foundations for Peace (FfP) network – a worldwide network of community...

SAHR Statement on the International Day of the Disappeared, 2012

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) joins human rights activists around the World in commemorating the International Day of the Disappeared. The practice by State actors of forcibly disappearing and illegally detaining someone, without acknowledging their arrest or whereabouts, places the victim outside the protection of the law and is often linked to the crimes of torture and extra-judicial killings.

SAHR Statement on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26th June 2012 South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) joins human rights activists around the World, in commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This year, the day marks the 25th anniversary of United Nations Convention Against Torture coming into effect. Despite the fact that this Convention has been in force for a quarter century, only 147...

Statement Issued by SAHR on International Women’s Day 2012

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, joins the messages of solidarity expressed throughout the world to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2012. This year, International Women’s Day is inspired by the theme of “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. While this is a day for solidarity among women and...

SAHR expresses concern over the coup in the Maldives

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) expresses its concern over recent developments in Maldives, which have seen former President Nasheed step down, in what he and others have described as a coup. Reports suggest that Mr Nasheed’s resignation follow violent protests that appear to be triggered by the arrest of a senior judge Abdulla Mohamed as well as the resignation...

SAHR Statement on the role of women at the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan

South Asians for Human Rights welcomes the latest developments in the delegation from Afghanistan to the Bonn Conference, in increasing the role of women in the delegation. This second conference on Afghanistan, taking place in Bonn on December 5th, comes 10 years after the inaugural conference instated the Hamid Karzai government. The upcoming conference will be a major influence in...

Statement Addressed to the SAARC Heads of State by Members of SAHR on the occasion of the SAARC Summit Meeting at Addu – Maldives 10th-11th November 2011

On behalf of the members of South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a democratic regional network of human rights defenders committed to the protection and promotion of human rights at both national and regional levels, we welcome the convening of the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Addu, Maldives from 10th–11th November 2011. The formation of...

Statement Issued by SAHR on International Women’s Day 2011

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, joins the messages of solidarity expressed throughout the world to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2011. This year, International Women’s Day is inspired by the theme of ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.’ While this is...

Statement issued by SAHR on Human Rights Day 10th December 2010

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) extend warm greetings to all friends who will be commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” yet today, the fight against violations of human rights remains a daily struggle for millions around the globe. This year with the focus...

STATEMENT ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONFERENCE HELD BY SOUTH ASIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ON CHALLENGES TO PEACE AND PROSPECTS OF COOPERATION

New Delhi 13 to 15 September, 2010 South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a network of human rights defenders and concerned citizens, held a three day meeting on “Challenges to Peace and Prospects for Cooperation in South Asia” at the India International Centre, New Delhi, from the 13th-15th September, 2010. The meeting: 1. Expressed sympathy and solidarity with the people of Pakistan...