Asian Human Rights Commission (in many languages)

Linked with Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

Communication and Information: AHRC publishes a monthly magazine, Human Rights SOLIDARITY, which reaches over 3,000 individuals and organizations mainly in Asia but also in other parts of the world. Carrying informative as well as reflective and analytical articles on various forms of human rights violations, the magazine strives to create solidarity and strengthen resolve among human rights advocates. AHRC also utilises technological advances and maintains several web-sites to enhance its information and education aims. These are: … (full text).

Homepage AHCR;
sign petition;
AHRC annual reports;
Rule of Law Sri Lanka;
Sri Lanka Human Rights;
Asian Legal Resource Centre;
Address: Asian Human Rights Commission AHRC, 19/F, Go-Up Commercial Building, 998 Canton Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, Tel: +(852) – 2698-6339 Fax: +(852) – 2698-6367,
Contact AHRC: via website, via email.

Principles Guiding AHRC Programmes:

  • Victims-directed approach must be combined with structural reforms needed to prevent human rights abuse and to promote rights;
  • Protest work will be combined with a community-based approach. In this, building of a support base in church and religious groups will be given priority;
  • UN-directed approach must be combined with regional and country based human rights promotional activities;
  • Human rights promotion must be combined with promotion of democracy and rule of law;
  • The issues of poverty eradication, gender equality, caste, indigenous peoples’ and minorities’ rights must be brought into all programmes.

The AHRC seeks to achieve the following objectives: … (full text).

Religious Group on Human Rights: Based on the realisation that religious beliefs and values are deeply embedded in the social fabric of Asia, and thus have an impact on the understanding of and respect for human rights, AHRC seeks to work with religious groups and to discover the resources within the essential teachings and practices of the main world religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – which could contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights.

The programme will facilitate meetings of religious-motivated individuals and groups on various issues, such as torture, and run an e-mail newsletter for this network. The programme will pay special attention to create an interest among the religious groups to promote the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; It will provide opportunities for religious and community leaders to gain an in depth understanding of human rights concepts and practices.

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