News Updates

29.09.2013

In a relentless crackdown on dissent, authorities in Vietnam arrested on Wednesday two bloggers, an activist and five others, according to one of the detainees.

Police and plainclothes officers detained blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy, his wife and daughter, and another blogger Pham Ba Hai, as well as activist Nguyen Phuong Uyen, while they were having dinner in Thuy’s house in the country’s capital Hanoi.

29.09.2013

(Reuters) - Malaysia's government proposed an amendment to crime laws on Wednesday that would give authorities the power to hold suspects for years without trial, in what critics said was a lurch back to draconian security policies that were only recently eased.

29.09.2013

MANILA (AFP) - The United Nations warned Wednesday that the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga faces a humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of people uprooted by a wave of deadly violence.

Hundreds of soldiers and police have been engaged in combat since Sept 9 when about 200 Muslim guerrillas entered the city in the most serious armed challenge to the Philippine government in recent years.

29.09.2013

Cambodia's Supreme Court has acquitted two men jailed nine years ago for the murder of prominent opposition activist Chea Vichea.

The move was welcomed by human rights groups, who have described the men as scapegoats who were wrongly convicted.

Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2004.

29.09.2013

KUALA LUMPUR - Opposition lawmakers reacted sharply to the Malaysian government's proposed amendments to several crime laws, saying these were "more draconian" than they had expected.

They lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak for taking Malaysia back in time to an era where the government could arrest, abuse, enforce and persecute with impunity.

29.09.2013

A United Nations independent expert said Wednesday that the Cambodian Government must now ensure that the country's National Assembly is truly representative to promote a successful transition to democracy, following the disputed general elections held in July.

29.09.2013

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative to stamp out human trafficking, child labour and forced labour in Thailand's multibillion-dollar seafood industry lacks teeth and will do little to end the problem in the Southeast Asian country, rights activists say.

29.09.2013

VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife) -- Authorities in southern Laos have told Christians to recant their faith in Christ or face expulsion from their village amid a wider crackdown on churches, a human rights official and friend of the believers told BosNewsLife.

29.09.2013

A leading human rights group has called for increased monitoring of Indonesian Military (TNI) surveillance activities after the defense ministry admitted to purchasing sophisticated spying equipment from a company with a history of supplying oppressive regimes.

25.09.2013

The Asian Human Rights Commission has in a number of recent appeals and statements (AHRC-UAC-105-2013, AHRC-UAC-101-2013, AHRC-STM-108-2013) pointed to the persiste

25.09.2013

It was 20 years on September 24 since the Cambodian Constitution was first signed, marking the end of the UN transitional authority in the country (Untac). Today’s Constitution was drafted in July and August 1993 by 12 persons.

25.09.2013

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) together with lawmakers and human rights victims reiterated their call for President Aquino to form the Claims Board tasked to compensate the victims of martial law.

25.09.2013

Recant your faith or get out - that's the ultimatum issued recently to 50 Christians living in a rural community in central Laos.

On August 30, leaders of Nongdaeng village summoned representatives of 11 Christian families to the government headquarters building for an official meeting instructing them to recant their Christian faith and return to their village's traditional animist religion.

25.09.2013

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Siti Noor Laila, the chairwoman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), has condemned the sealing of  St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bintaro, South Tangerang on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She said the sealing of places of worship in the country persisted due to the lack of law enforcement.

25.09.2013

Indonesia, with its booming population of 240 million, is facing tremendous problems. One of its programs, family planning, is undergoing serious challenges. In the lead-up to the National Family Planning Summit on Sept. 25, The Jakarta Post’s Rita A. Widiadana interviewed Terence H.Hull, professor of Demography at the Australian National University.

25.09.2013

The Cambodian government should promptly launch an independent and impartial investigation into the apparent excessive use of force by security forces against protesters that killed one person and seriously injured at least 24 others, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should publicly direct the security forces to abide by international standards on the use of force and firearms.

Pages