Video Collection

The AHRC is providing the following list of videos online. Most of these videos can also be found on YouTube.

INDONESIA: Video of the military torturing indigenous Papuans surfaced

The video was recently recorded in the Tingginambut area in West Papua. The current whereabouts of the victims in this video are unknown. The AHRC understands that both incidents in the video involved members of the Indonesian military. The first incident shows uniformed members of the Indonesian army ill-treating indigenous Papuans. The second incident also reportedly involves members of the army committing grave abuses. Read the full press release here. AHRC-VID-012-2010

A fistful of rice


Torture victim in Indonesia for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Torture victim in Indonesia for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Torture victim in Sri Lanka for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Torture victim in Pakistan for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Torture victim in Thailand for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Torture victim in Philippines for UN International Day against Torture - June 26 2009


Recovering the authority of pubilc institutions

PHILIPPINES/HONG KONG: Injured Filipino worker sought accident compensation

On January 21, 2009, a twenty-year-old Filipino waiter, Tibio Melvin Delos Reyes who suffered second degree burns to his face and chest caught fire in a work related accident has now sought compensation for the injuries he has suffered. Read the full press release here. [watch part 2 of this video] AHRC-VID-024-2009

Religion and Rights

Religion and Rights

An interview with Irish activist Pierce H. Purcell on the topic of Religion and Human Rights.

[watch part 2 of the video Religion and Rights] AHRC-VID-023-2009

Mining Or Food


On the occasion of the release of the report "Mining or Food" by the Working Group on Mining and the Philippines. Fr. Frank Nalley introduces the food problems created through mining activities in the Philippines with an interview with Fr. Roberto Reyes from the Asian Human Rights Commission. AHRC-VID-022-2009

Recovering the authority of pubilc institutions

Recovering the authority of public institutions – a resource book on law and human rights in Sri Lanka

This book makes a shocking revelation. It confirms that all those who suffer human rights abuses face the same fate that the assassinated journalist, Lasantha Wickramatunga, predicted for himself in addressing the President of Sri Lanka. "In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too." AHRC-VID-021-2009

Philippines: Gay Rights

PHILIPPINES: former action star talks about gay rights online

Many years ago he was famous as Rustom Padilla. He was one of a brood of actor brothers, famous in his own right. He was also married to an actress, Carmina Villaroel. In 2002 he left for the U.S. to study film. At the same time he reflected on his life and began to grow in understanding and conviction until one day he decides to come out and in his own words, "accept who I am." This was Rustom Padilla then and Bebe Gandanghari today. AHRC-VID-020-2009

[watch part 2 of this video]

The refusal to investigate in Sri Lanka

The refusal to investigate

3 cases, including the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga, witness Sugath Nishanta Fernando, and senior lawyer J.C. Weliamuna reported by the Asian Human Rights Commission. AHRC-VID-014-2009

Police torture in Sri Lanka

Police torture in Sri Lanka

A series of reports on police torture in Sri Lanka.

Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka

Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka

Basil Fernando talks in Sinhalese about the Collapse of the Centre in Sri Lanka. AHRC-VID-009-2008

Philippines: Land Reforms


20-yr Agrarian reform program initiated by president Corazon Aquino in 1988 systemtically slaughted by landlord dominated politics. Organized farmers groups resisting. AHRC-VID-008-2008

Burma lawyers-abolist cnotempt of court

Contempt of Court in Burma: Release the two lawyers illegally held

Defend the rights of lawyers in Burma

In November 2008 two Supreme Court lawyers in Burma, U Aung Thein and U Khin Maung Shein, were convicted to four months' imprisonment for contempt of court because they submitted a letter to the judge on behalf of their clients, that the clients "no longer had faith in the judicial process". AHRC-VID-007-2008

message on the 60th anniversary of UDHR

Message from the Asian Human Rights Commission on the 60th Anniversary of UDHR

A statement by the CEO of Asian Human Rights Commission, Basil Fernando, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the UDHR and the International Human Rights Day 2008. AHRC-VID-006-2008



Marginalized in Their Own Land: The Story of Papuan Women

"..Jayapura is a port town, town for offices, a town for big business. Because of this, the town should be organized and orderly. Investors will visit. They will come and see this clean town and want to invest their money here. This will mean more money for all of us".


Lesser Humans

Lesser Humans

Lesser Humans: ‘Lesser Humans’, a video on manual scavenging, has won awards at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Excellence Award at Earth Vision Film Festival, Tokyo.

DRISHTI- Media – India. Stalin K is a human rights activist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is the Co-Founder of DRISHTI- Media, Arts and Human Rights, Convener of the Community Radio Forum-India, and the India Director of Video Volunteers.

Benaras convention

Benaras convention

From: People's Vigilance committee on Human Rights, India

Rangoon Mizzima

Rangoon Mizzima

Source: Mizzima, Burma

From prison to frontline

From prison to frontline

Produced by Burma Issues in association with WITNESS and the Federal Trade Union of Burma

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India Untouched

Stories of a people apart

Accepted wisdom in India holds that caste only exists in 'backward' rural areas, but this film exposes caste discrimination across all sections of societies - within the urban middle classes, poor and prosperous villages, the communists in Kerala, other religious groups such as Sikhs, Christians and Muslims, and within some of India's most revered academic and professional institutions. In an age where the media projects only one image of a 'rising' or 'poised' India, this film reminds us how far the country is from being an equal society.

Produced by DRISHTI Media, Arts & Human Rights | Duration: 108 minutes

home for the victims of torture

Home for the victims of torture

Source: Kandy Media centre, Sri Lanka

home for the victims of torture

Compilation of video footages gathered from various

Description: This video reveals the violence perpetuated by the armed forces stationed in the Indian state of Manipur against the ordinary people. A draconian law, the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 provides impunity to the security forces to commit the acts of violence documented in this video. The law is still in force in Manipur. The Supreme Court of India has refused to declare the law unconstitutional, holding among other grounds, that the court was not aware of any misuse of the law.

The video is a compilation of video footages gathered from various sources in Manipur. The compilation was done in Manipur and is the work of human rights groups working in Manipur.

home for the victims of torture

Truth Lies Beneath (available on CD)

25th October, 2003. It was the day of Deepavali, festival of lights... When others were busy in celebrating the sounds and lights of the festival, a girl named Mousumi Ari, of seventeen years of age, was being tortured in her in-laws house. She was murdered eventually... The film is part of MASUM and AHRC's on going campaign against torture. In protest against the all-pervasive torture in our soceity and the indifferent attitude of the administration towards the incidents of torture, MASUM and AHRC have jointly taken up the uphill task of continuing a sustained campaign against torture and also pointing out the loopholes inteh Criminal Justice System in India.