News Updates

08.10.2013

October 3, 2013 - The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) today urged President Baa to emphasize human rights and the rule of law in U.S.-Indonesia relations. The president is scheduled to travel to Indonesia this weekend.

08.10.2013

The recent 90th birthday celebrations of Mr Lee Kuan Yew have sparked reflection on Singapore’s achievements. What is notable in these discussions is the observation that small states can indeed survive and thrive.

08.10.2013

We are shocked that the Malaysian government, after the recent General Election, has resorted to charging human rights defender Lena Hendry on Sept 19, 2013 for being involved in the screening of a documentary “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” at a human rights event in Kuala Lumpur on  9 July 2013.

08.10.2013

Malaysia is taking a "huge step backwards" on human rights by returning to laws that allow detention without trial, said global rights advocate Human Rights Watch.

Its deputy Asia director Phil Robertson insisted that the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) would only serve to infringe on the people's liberty without serving its stated purpose of decreasing crime.

08.10.2013

Vietnam must immediately release a prominent lawyer and human rights activist who was jailed on politically motivated charges today, Amnesty International said.

A court in Vietnam’s capital Ha Noi today sentenced Le Quoc Quan, one of the country’s best known dissidents, to 30 months in prison on trumped-up ‘tax evasion’ charges.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director Isabelle Arradon said:

08.10.2013

Hanoi - Le Quoc Quan, 41, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion, a charge many human rights groups say is trumped up.

Vietnam converted to the free market before 1991, but the repression of journalists in the country remains constant. The case against Quan was conducted in a court that is constantly labeled as not meeting the international standards for fair trials by human rights groups.

08.10.2013

THANDWE, Myanmar — At least five people were killed and hundreds displaced in the latest wave of religious violence in Myanmar.

Muslims near the coastal town of Thandwe said they spent Tuesday night hiding in forests as Buddhist men armed with machetes stormed a string of villages, burning mosques and any home not marked with a Buddhist flag.

08.10.2013

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 2, 2013) – Police on Wednesday said at least 30 mostly decomposing bodies of separatist rebels slain in fierce clashes with troops have been recovered in the past three days in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines.

08.10.2013

Addressing problems of human trafficking and migration within Southeast Asia is a realistic way to improve regional cooperation on human rights despite the principle of non-interference of ASEAN, a leading activist said.

08.10.2013

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights abuses allegedly committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the recent Zamboanga city conflict have reinforced the image of the military as a violator of human rights, according to an international human rights advocacy group.

08.10.2013

VIENTIANE, LAOS (Worthy News)– The ruling authorities of several villages in Laos have been threatening to banish Christians unless they renounce their faith in Jesus.

08.10.2013

Although more people are emerging to defend human rights in Thailand, they are still ignored or stigmatised for The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) would hold a "people's congress" on Sunday afternoon at the capital's Freedom Park, a statement from the party said Tuesday.

"The people's congress is to ask supporters'recommendations on the CNRP's stance related to the current political situation,"the statement said.

08.10.2013

The Vietnamese government should drop politically motivated charges against Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most prominent and respected human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam’s donors should communicate serious concerns about Hanoi’s ongoing crackdown on rights defenders and bloggers, and publicly call for the unconditional release of Le Quoc Quan and other peaceful critics.

08.10.2013

New York - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul wrapped his mission to the United Nations General Assembly with a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings and also hosted a reception to ask for support for the Thai candidacy for seats on UN bodies.

08.10.2013

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has filed more criminal defamation charges against British human rights campaigner Andy Hall, in relation to a recent Youtube video posted by NGO Finnwatch.

The video, published on Sep. 18, features comments about the Thai company’s labor practices and features Andy Hall, Natural Fruit workers, European Union parliamentarians and Finnish retailer SOK.

08.10.2013

PHUKET: Migrant rights activist Andy Hall met with European Union officials in Thailand yesterday and is on his way back to Burma as planned.

Mr Hall, a British citizen facing jail and heavy financial penalties over a human rights campaign in Thailand, has turned to the EU for help in the absence of practical support from his own country's embassy.

08.10.2013

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to discuss the fate of 20-year old Indonesian migrant worker Wilfrida Soik with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at a meeting scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bali.

08.10.2013

(New York) – The Indonesian government should impartially investigate the possible use by police officers of unnecessary lethal force against rock-throwing protesters in Papua on September 23, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. There should also be an inquiry into harassment of victims, medical personnel, and witnesses at a local hospital.

08.10.2013

Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono, gave his remarks at the launching of the “Human Rights in ASEAN” website in Jakarta on 1 October 2013. The launching was made part of the 6th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights organised by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, knows as FORUM-ASIA.

08.10.2013

Buddhist extremists have destroyed several houses belonging to Muslims in Myanmar, where the Rohingya Muslim community faces persecution.

On Sunday, Myanmar’s state media reported that police had arrested over 40 Buddhists after houses of Muslims came under an arson attack while President Thein Sein was visiting the western state of Rakhine.

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