By Nina Lakhani, The Guardian Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:01 EST The west’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are implicated in the murder, disappearance and intimidation of peasant farmers involved in land disputes with local palm oil magnates. More than 100 people have been killed in the past four years, many assassinated by death squads operating with near impunity in the heavily militarised Bajo Aguán region, where 8,000 Honduran troops are deployed, according to activists. Farmers’ leader Antonio Martínez, 28, is the latest victim of this conflict. [Read More]
AHRC releases its Report on the State of Human Rights in Pakistan, 2013 December 9, 2013 The full report is available for download at: http://www.humanrights.asia/resources/hrreport/2013/AHRC-SPR-005-2013.pdf/view In 2013, the people of Pakistan have remained at the mercy of state and non-state actors who resort to violence as a means to secure power. Rights violations are widespread due to the failures of, and lack of reform in, the country’s institutional framework, in particular, key institutions of the rule of law: the police, prosecution and judiciary. This is compounded by persisting impunity enjoyed by Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies. Ineffective investigations and ineffective prosecutions, [Read More]
Human Rights Watch After a Decade, Files in Somchai Neelapaijit’s Case Go Missing December 13, 2013 “Successive Thai governments have engaged in cover-ups to hide the identities of those responsible for Somchai’s abduction and feared murder. Suddenly the government is claiming that the files were stolen, a convenient excuse for the authorities to close Somchai’s case and let those responsible off the hook for justice.” Brad Adams, Asia director (New York) – The Thai government needs to account for missing documents in the case of the enforced disappearance and presumed murder of a prominent Muslim human rights lawyer nearly a [Read More]
We, the undersigned 62 regional and international organizations, express outrage over the Lao Government’s ongoing failure to shed light on the enforced disappearance of prominent activist and civil society leader Sombath Somphone. December 15, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of Sombath’s disappearance. Sombath was last seen on the evening of December 15, 2012 in Vientiane. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that police stopped Sombath’s car at a police post. Within minutes after being stopped, unknown individuals forced him into another vehicle and drove away. Analysis of the CCTV footage shows that Sombath was taken away in the presence of police [Read More]
The Guardian, 1/3/14 Alliance of Lawyers at Risk urgently seeks volunteers to provide unarmed protection for those under threat for their rights work The death of Nelson Mandela was a reminder that it was as a lawyer that he first ran into serious trouble with the authorities in South Africa. Around the world, from Colombia to Nepal, from Mexico to Indonesia, there are still many lawyers under threat of prison or death as a direct result of their work. It is three years now since the Alliance of Lawyers at Risk was launched in conjunction with Peace Brigades International (PBI), [Read More]
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