Human Rights

PHILIPPINES: Murder of Gerry Ortega, an anti-mining activist, cannot be passed off as a robbery


UN sets humanitarian agenda for 2011: save more lives, more quickly

Valerie Amos

UN has duty to speak out for human rights, Ban says at Holocaust event


KENYA: Catholics divided over Pope's condom comments

Many Kenyan Catholics say the church's opposition to condom use is impractical

THAILAND: AHRC to attend court reading of appeal verdict in disappeared lawyer's case

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will send international and domestic observers to attend the reading of the verdict on January 21 in the appeal case concerning the disappearance and presumed killing of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit, its executive director announced today.

INDIA: Judge dodging investigation must quit

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

The Kerala High Court Advocates' Association, in an extraordinary general body meeting held yesterday, resolved to request the Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India to undertake an investigation about the charges of corruption alleged against the former Chief Justice of India, Mr. K. G. Balakrishnan and the members of his family. The resolution also calls upon the former judge to resign from his present job as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) and to face an independent investigation. Out of the estimated 300 lawyers who participated in the debate concerning the resolution, about 275 lawyers voted in favour and 20 lawyers voted against the resolution.


With preparations for next week’s independence referendum in Southern Sudan in their final stages, the United Nations is seeking to ensure that every last voter in the more than four-million-strong electorate will have a ballot, no matter how remote and inaccessible the location.

Over 10,000 people appealed to President Ma of Taiwan to put his promise of taxation reform into practice.


UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals

Two women refugees and their children in one of the camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border

Congresswoman Judy Chu Appeals for Asian-Americans’ Rights Voice out to President Ma for justice in taxation system

Dr. Judy (second from right) Chu was the special guests for 2005 World Summit of Love and Peace (From left, to right Mayor Benjamin “Frank” Venti of the Monterey Park City; Dr. Hong Tao-Tze; Mayor Wen P. Chang of Diamond Bar City)