Rohingya refugees of Myanmar: Bangladesh is facilitating ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas in Arakan and indigenous Jumma peoples in the CHTs by using the fleeing Rohingyas, 20 February 2017

This submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee during her visit to Bangladesh on 20–23 February 2017 states that out of the over 1.2 million Rohingyas expelled from Myanmar, tens of thousands settled in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The national survey of the Rohingya refugees of the Government of Bangladesh from 2 to 14 June 2016 focused only three districts of the CHTs out of the total six districts confirming the settlement of the Rohingya refugees mainly mainly in the CHTs. The influx of the Rohingya refugees started in 1992 and as per the census of Bangladesh, the population of Bandarban district increased from 157,301 persons as per 1991 census to 298,120 persons as per 2001 census i.e. an increase of 90% against decadal growth rate of 17% in entire Bangladesh during the same period. The Rohingyas have all been issued documents as Bangladeshi citizens by the local administration to make indigenous Buddhist populations into a minority. The researchers of ACHR during the visit to theUkhia Subdivision from 13th to 15th January 2017 found that the Rohingya refugees are living in self-made make shift camps and have no intention to return to Myanmar in the light of the gross human rights violations and absolute lack of guarantees against non-repetition of the violations. At the same time, the Government of Bangladesh is neither registering them nor issuing identity cards to record their origin which is indispensable for repatriation to Myanmar. There is no intention to repatriate the Rohingyas.

ACHR IMPACT: President Pranab Mukherjee recommends commutation of death sentence of Krishna Mochi & 3 others

President Pranab Mukherjee commuted the death sentence of four death row convicts i.e. Krishna Mochi, Nanhe Lal Mochi, Bir Kuer Paswan and Dharmendra Singh @ Dharu Singh by setting aside recommendations of the State Government of Bihar and the Ministry of Home Affairs which recommended rejection of their mercy petitions. President Mukherjee commuted the death sentence based on the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission, which acting on a complaint filed by Asian Centre for Human Rights on 06.02.2014, had recommended for commutation of death sentence on the ground of inordinate delay to consider their mercy petitions.

Prez commutes death sentence of four convicts, Press Trust of India, 22 January 2017

ACHR welcomes commutation of death sentence of Krishna Mochi & others by President Pranab Mukherjee, 23 January 2017

ACHR IMPACT: Supreme Court issues directions on government funding to NGOs based on ACHR's report, 11 January 2017

 

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who was appointed as Amicus Curiae to assist the Supreme Court on a PIL relating to funding by the government of India to NGOs placed the startling revelations contained in a report, India's Funds to NGOs Squandered, published by Asian Centre for Human Rights during the hearing on 10.01.2017. As per tentative figures gathered from Central and State departments by ACHR, between 2002 and 2009, funds amounting to Rs 4756 crore was disbursed by Centre while States (not including all) gave away Rs 6,654 crore without receiving any account on how the money was spent. The apex court directed audit of government funding to NGOs to be completed by 31 March 2017.

ACHR IMPACT: Supreme Court issues directions to NHRC and Government of India on stand alone anti-torture law, 10 January 2017

A PIL filed by ex-law minister Ashwani Kumar sought a direction from the Supreme Court to the Government of India to enact a stand-alone law to punish police for custodial torture. The research conducted by ACHR for its "Torture in India 2011" report has been used in the PIL.

OPINION EDITORIAL

The opinion editiorials of Director of ACHR, Mr. Suhas Chakma, on critical human rights issues may be followed here...

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