List of HRDs’ Cases
Pakistan: HRD falsely booked on murder charges
September 27, 2011, 7:31 pm
A human rights defender, who belongs to the Kohli group, a scheduled caste Hindu, was booked in a murder case whereas on the day of murder of a land grabber he was 500 kilometers away. more…
Pakistan : Prominent leader of the Baloch Student Organization abducted and killed
September 27, 2011, 7:04 pm
On 15 August 2010, Mr. Abid Shah Baloch along with his two friends Abdul Sattar Blaoch and Safeer Baloch were allegedly abducted by the law enforcement agencies from Mand, district Panjgoor. Mr. Abid Shah Baloch was the former vice chairman of the Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO, Azad). Mr. Safeer Baloch was the former district organizer of Baloch National Movement (BNM). Mr. Abdul Sattar was a government teacher and the chairman of government teachers association (GTA), and activist of Balochistan National Party (Awami). On 11 May 2011, their bodies were found together from the mountainous area of Farwan district Panjgoor. It is estimated that they had been partially buried one month earlier. The victim families identified them with the help of Balochi shoes and clothes. Families of the victims stated that they were abducted by security forces and after sever torture they were extra judicially killed. The first information report (FIR) of their disappearance was filed against the security forces.
On 21 October 2010 at 4am, Mr. Tariq Karim along with his two friends were abducted by the intelligence agencies from Al-Rauf Royal City, Block 19, Flat no. C-614, Gulistan-e-Johar Karachi. He was an activist of the BSO-Azad (BSO Azad). His brother Asim Kareem was previously abducted by security forces and extra judicially killed. His bullet riddled body was found on 31 October 2010, he was also a member of BSO-Azaad. On 11 May 2011 Tariq Karim Baloch bullet riddled body was found Dildar Kareez Quetta province Balochistan. There were marks of torture and bullet wounds on his body.
On 17 April 2011 Muhammad Jan was abducted allegedly by personnel of state agencies from Chamrok district Kuzdar from the service station of vehicles. He was the resident of Hozai Bisema Balochistan province. Police did not register the first information report (FIR) regarding his disappearance. On 11 May 2011 his bullet riddled body was found from Raja Khuzdari road district Khuzdar. There were marks of torture, drill marks and bullet wounds on his body.
The extrajudicial killing of disappeared persons in Pakistan has become routine of the intelligence agencies. People were abducted by intelligence agencies and were kept in different torture cells and subjected various tortures such as electric shocks, drilled in different parts of body and shooting in the head before being killed. more…
India: Activist denied entry into Jammu and Kashmir
September 27, 2011, 6:26 pm
The detention of human rights activist Gautam Navlakha at the Srinagar International airport on Saturday has been criticised even as the Jammu and Kashmir government says his entry will pose a “danger” to peace and tranquillity.
Mr. Navlakha, who has been visiting Kashmir regularly to highlight alleged human rights abuses, was to have attended a book release function on that day. He was served with an order by the Budgam district Magistrate stating that his entry had been banned under Section 144.
Since there was no flight back to Delhi in the evening he spent the night at the Humhama police station. He was sent back on Sunday.
India: Anti-corruption activist beaten to death, associate receives death threats
September 27, 2011, 6:03 pm
On 2 March 2011, a group of armed men arrived at the residence of Mr. Niyamat Ansari, who had been actively advocating for the protection of workers’ rights in the locality of Jerua, Kope village, searching for Mr. Ansari. Mr. Ansari had also been closely involved in documenting alleged cases of corruption pertaining to the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi Natural Employment Guarantee Act. It was reported that the group of armed men took Mr. Ansari away and severely beat him for up to one hour; then left the village. Mr. Ansari’s family members found Mr. Ansari unconscious, and carried him on foot over a distance of ten kilometres to the nearest police station in Manika. An ambulance was then arranged to bring Mr. Ansari to Latehar Sadar Hospital. It was reported that Mr. Ansari died shortly after arriving at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the beating. The group of armed men had also sought Mr. Bukhan Singh, who is Mr. Andari’s associate, but he managed to flee and hide. more…
India: Kashmir rights activist threatened
September 27, 2011, 5:55 pm
Parveena Ahangar, the chairperson of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), has been receiving anonymous threatening phone calls.
Ahangar’s son Javid Ahmad Ahangar was among the first youths to disappear in the custody of security forces in 1990.
“I have been receiving threatening calls from anonymous people who keep asking me about Rs80 lakh – which never existed. I have received only $10,000 dollars from the UN which was transferred in November,” said Ahangar.
Wary of police, the APDP chairperson said she did not lodge any complaints because of obvious reasons. “I have saved the phone numbers from which the calls were made. I will reveal those at an appropriate time”, she said.
Ahangar is undeterred by these threatening calls, and says that they will not bog her down. “I will continue to champion the cause of people who have suffered, because I have myself lost my son. I will not give up so easily,” she said.
India: HRD released on bail after 7 nights in detention
September 27, 2011, 5:37 pm
On 5 January 2010, human rights defender Mr Ahongsangbam Mobi Singh was released on bail following seven nights in detention in Imphal, Manipur, on charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.
A. Mobi Singh is the Editor of the local daily newspaper “The Sanaleibak” as well as Vice President and spokesperson of the All Manipur Working Journalist’s Union (AMWJU), a state-wide union which works to defend freedom of the press and journalistic independence in the context of the ongoing conflict between various State and non-State armed groups in Manipur.
On 28 December 2010, A. Mobi Singh was contacted on his mobile phone by an individual who identified himself as a member of the Tabungba faction of the banned Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), who requested that A. Mobi Singh send three members of the AMWJU to Delhi to meet and discuss publication of their statements, at the expense of the KCP.
On 29 December 2010, A. Mobi Singh was again contacted by an individual claiming to represent the KCP asking him to collect a sum of Rs. 50,000, in order to cover the expenses of the trip, from two individuals passing in a rickshaw. Upon exiting the office, A. Mobi Singh met the two individuals in question, one of whom immediately pointed a gun at him before the three engaged in a brief scuffle. The men in question subsequently identified themselves as police commandos and searched A. Mobi Singh, seizing his scooter keys and a sum of Rs. 2,000, before taking him to Imphal Police station.
Upon presenting A. Mobi Singh at said station, the police filed a report claiming that A. Mobi Singh was a member of the Tabungba faction of the KCP who had been caught in the act of attempting to extort Rs. 50,000 from the owner of a local gas agency and, furthermore, claiming that he had admitted his guilt during interrogation.
A First Information Report(FIR)was subsequently lodged and A. Mobi Singh was charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, under Article 17 “raising funds for a terrorist or outlawed organisation” and Article 20 “being a member of a terrorist or outlawed organisation”. He was then handed over into custody along with his two mobile phones and a sum of Rs. 50,000, which had not been in his possession at the time of arrest.
Nepal: Two journalists receive death threats over news coverage
September 27, 2011, 4:33 pm
Two journalists were displaced from Pathari in Morang district after frequent life threats over the issue of news coverage. Arjun Jamneli Rai, correspondent of Aujar Daily, and Bibek Bhattarai, correspondent of Janabidroha Daily, were displaced after they received frequent life threat messages from mobile number 9842306151 on Sunday.
The scribes were threatened over the news coverage of sand and pebble extraction from local Sunjora River for land plotting.
A group of youth led by Sajan Dhimal after the direction of local UML leader Kishor Rai seized the Aujar Daily and disrupted the paper distribution on Sunday. more…
Nepal: Group of 12 journalists attacked
September 27, 2011, 4:25 pm
On Saturday, a group of people had attacked 12 journalists associated with various media during Tribeni Fair. The mediapersons had reached there to cover news on gambling business operating at the fair on the alleged protection of the District Administration Office (DAO) and police. more…
Bangladesh: Labour leaders threatened with fabricated charges
September 26, 2011, 9:54 pm, Abduction, Economic, social and cultural rights, Fair trial, Judicial harrasment, Labour, NGOs, Right to health, Torture
Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) leaders Kalpona Akhter and Babul Akhter and staff member Aminul Islam are facing a wide range of criminal charges including attempted murder, criminal intimidation, violence against civil servants, mischief causing damage, and violation of the Explosive Substances Act of 1908 in ten cases arising from violence related to labor unrest in June and July 2010. Some of the charges could lead to the death penalty. more…
Bangladesh: HRD threatened, abducted and assaulted
September 26, 2011, 9:32 pm
On 29 April 2011 human rights defender and journalist Mr FMA Razzak was abducted and brutally attacked in Paikgachha, Bangladesh. He remains in a critical condition in hospital in Dhaka following a severe beating and torture. FMA Razzak is the President of the Human Rights Development Centre (HRDC) and editor of the Gonomichhil fortnightly newspaper. The HRDC is based in Paikgachha upazilla (sub-district) under Khulna district. Within his role as President of the HRDC, FMA Razzak works with victims of custodial torture, many of whom are facing fabricated charges brought by the law-enforcement officers who tortured them. more…