News Updates

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.

08.10.2013

On Sept. 23, two officers with the National Police’s Brigade Mobile (“Brimob”) fired into a stone-throwing crowd, killing a 17-year-old student and seriously wounding three other people. The police posted guards at the hospital where the wounded were being treated, and required visitors to leave their mobile phones at the entrance.

08.10.2013

On September 12, 2013, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013. In a nutshell, the law prohibits bullying or any severe or repeated act which has any of the following effects: Causing physical or emotional harm; Creating a hostile environment at school; Infringing on another’s rights; and Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.

08.10.2013

PHNOM PENH - Opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he is preparing for a trip to the United States and Europe, to urge Western countries not to recognize the newly formed government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sam Rainsy registered to vote on Monday, making him eligible to vote and run for office in subsequent elections.

08.10.2013

MANILA – Filipino migrant rights advocates are joining this year’s International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees, a parallel event to the United Nation’s High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, to call for an end to the Global Forum on Migration and Development and bury the notion that migration will lead to genuine development.

08.10.2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 — Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s comment on a “shoot first” approach when dealing with suspected gang members validates previous fears that the unwritten policy existed within the police force, a human rights lawyer said today.

Co-founder of Lawyers for Liberty, Latheefa Koya, said the home minister was essentially giving the police a free pass to be trigger happy when confronting suspected criminals.

08.10.2013

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, is seeking law student candidates for our 2014 Judith Stronach Summer Fellow positions.

08.10.2013

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 7, 2013): Malaysia will likely take an international beating for its unsatisfactory human rights record when the government faces its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Oct 24, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

08.10.2013

I come from a country that has had strict censorship that not only banned freedom of expression, freedom of the press and freedom of speech — which are basic human rights — but also consequently severely limited the development of literature, particularly poetry.

08.10.2013

In a ruling issued Wednesday, Singapore High Court Judge Quentin Low dismissed a challenge to Singapore’s law criminalizing sex between men.

This is the second time this year that Loh has dismissed a suit seeking to strike down the provision, which is known by its numbering in the penal code, 377a. Like many other former colonies, Singapore inherited its sodomy law from the legal code installed by the British.

08.10.2013

GENEVA (AFP) - The UN's human rights body on Friday protested the jailing of one of Vietnam's best known dissidents in a tax evasion case denounced by international rights campaigners as politically motivated.

"We are seriously concerned by the conviction and sentencing of Mr Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights lawyer," Mr Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, told reporters.

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