Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Pakistan executes first prisoner in over five years

Pakistan has  carried out its first execution in over five years, sparking criticism from human rights activists.

Jail official Abdullah Khan Niazi says authorities hanged Mohammed Hussain early on Thursday morning in Mianwali city in central Punjab province.

Hussain was an army soldier and a resident of Langarwala Pul of Sahiwal Tehsil Sargodha District, was sentenced to death in 2009 because he had killed his senior officer Havaldar Khadim Hussain in 2008 when they were on leave. (more…)

United Nations: Act on Failings in Sri Lanka

The United Nations secretary-general’s internal review on UN action in Sri Lanka should lead to specific and concrete measures to ensure the UN takes all needed measures to prevent mass atrocities in future conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. The “Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka,” commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and published on November 14, 2012, was a major recommendation of the 2011 UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. The conflict was characterized by deadly abuses against civilians by both sides, Human Rights Watch said.

The internal review found serious failings in the conduct of UN officials and institutions during the final months of fighting in 2008 and 2009 between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It concludes that “there was a continued reluctance among UN country team institutions to stand up for the rights of the people they were mandated to assist” and that in Sri Lanka “some senior staff did not perceive the prevention of killing of civilians as their responsibility – and agency and department heads at UN headquarters were not instructing them otherwise.” (more…)

Bangladesh: Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge failed to take right steps

A police probe body blamed the then superintendent of police of Cox’s Bazar and officer-in-charge of Ramu Police Station for failure to take appropriate measures and contain the situation during the mayhem on September 29.

The committee, however, recommended action against OC AK Nazibul Islam and did not suggest any action against SP Selim Md Jahangir.

It did not mention anything about the failure of intelligence agencies in providing police authorities with information. (more…)

Sri Lanka: UPR

Opening statement by State under review

Few points raised in the  opening statement of State under review:
(See full statement on the Sri Lanka page of the extranet)

  • Following the first UPR of Sri Lanka the Government formulated the National Action plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (NHRAP) addressing eight thematic areas – civpol and esc rights, women, child, labour, IDP and migrant worker rights, and the prevention of torture; (more…)

Pakistan: UPR 2012

Opening statement by State under review

Few points raised in the  opening statement of State under review:
(See full statement on the Pakistan page of the UPR extranet)

  • Pakistan had taken several steps to restore the democratic nature of State institutions, including the release of political prisoners and the lifting of curbs against the media, inter alia;

  • The period between 2008 and 2012 had proved very challenging for Pakistan given, among other things, terrorism and natural calamities; despite these challenges, Pakistan remained steadfast in its commitment to promote and protect human rights; (more…)

Sri Lanka pressed at U.N. to prosecute wartime crimes

Western countries kept up pressure on Sri Lanka on Thursday to prosecute killings of civilians and other crimes committed in its 30-year civil war and to investigate continuing grave violations.

Britain and the United States said that accountability must be established for serious breaches in the conflict that ended in 2009 and they voiced concern at the latest attacks on journalists, activists and lawyers. (more…)

Sri Lanka hampers legal redress for rights abuses: International Commission of Jurists

Sri Lanka’s government has made it all but impossible for victims of human rights abuses to get justice, a Geneva-based human rights body that monitors legal matters said on Thursday.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), grouping 60 prominent judges and lawyers from around the world, said the judiciary in Sri Lanka was under increasing attack and its independence was threatened. (more…)

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