The Post Pandemic Glocal Democracy;
Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities

May 17

Session Title 1.5. State Violence and Impunity in Asia – Leading to Poverty
Key Organizer Asian Human Rights Commission / Asian Legal Resource Centre
Date / Time  17 May 2021 / 14:00-16:00 KST (GMT+9)
Modality / Language Virtual / English
Objectives To create awareness of the link between poverty and impunity
Main Topics & Issues to be addressed  State violence, impunity, failures of the public institutions of justice, protection of human rights of the poor
Background The failure of the public institutions of justice namely the police (investigating authority), prosecutorial branches and judiciary has virtually paralyzed the law enforcement function which is essential for protection of human rights. The protection of human rights has to be a practical one. The crime in all developing countries in Asia is that on actual life, when people face a serious acts of violations of rights like illegal arrests, illegal detention, torture and ill-treatment, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, murder or rape and sexual violence against women and children, there is hardly any real protection by way of investigations, prosecutions and preventative acts by the state. This is the actual meaning of impunity. The result is a culture of fear and withdrawal from people from exercising freedom of assembly, association, and expression. These freedoms are essential for protection of lives and liberty and also of pursuit of dignified way of livelihood. Thus, this kind of impunity is not only causing social insecurity, but also violence.

However, civil society understanding of being engaged in trying to reform the public institutions of justice is very low in all the countries. Civil society lacks a proper understanding of the causal relationship between properly functioning public institutions of justice and protection of human rights including protection of the poor. Therefore, there needs to be a new emphasis on understanding how bad policing, bad prosecutorial systems and bad judicial system as agents of violence and insecurity. On the basis of that understanding, social movements can play a great role towards public debates on these issues needing to policy changes and institutional reforms.
  • Moderator: Basil Fernando (Director for Policy and Programme Development of AHRC)
  • Rapporteur: Prakash Mohara (Programme Officer of AHRC)
  • Speaker
    • ChrisBiantoro (Indonesia Coordinator of AHRC)
    • Prakash Mohara (Info as upper)
    • MD Zaman (Liaison Officer of AHRC)
    • Avinash Pandey (Programme Coordiantor of AHRC)

Basil Fernando
Role in the Session Moderator
Position and Organizational Affiliation Director for Policy and Programme Development of AHRC
Nationality Sri Lanka
Prakash Mohara
Role in the Session Rapporteur, Info as upper
Position and Organizational Affiliation Programme Officer of AHRC
Nationality Nepal
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Coordinator of AHRC
Nationality Indonesia
MD Zaman
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Liaison Officer of AHRC
Nationality India
Avinash Pandey
Role in the Session Speaker
Position and Organizational Affiliation Programme Coordiantor of AHRC
Nationality India