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29.09.2013

Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has just seven months to convincingly reinvent his image as a human rights defender before the 2014 primary election next May.

29.09.2013

25 September 2013 – Following the general elections in Cambodia in July, the Government must now ensure that the National Assembly is truly representative to promote a successful transition to democracy, a United Nations independent expert said today.

29.09.2013

More Muslim rebels have surrendered in the Philippines' south, a day after the UN said the ongoing fighting has resulted in a humanitarian crisis.

The military is believed to have custody of at least 40 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city.

The UN said on Wednesday that fighting between troops and rebels has displaced thousands.

29.09.2013

Vietnam and France on September 25 issued a Joint Statement on their Strategic Partnership on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s official visit to France from September 24-26.

29.09.2013

THAILAND - A new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has documented accounts of human trafficking, confiscation of identification documents, withholding of pay, forced detention and bonded labour in the Thai shrimp industry.

29.09.2013

Human rights groups have condemned Burma for refusing to sign a new international declaration condemning sexual violence in conflict, which they say highlights its indifference to abuses perpetrated by the military.

Burma’s army has been accused of using rape as a systematic weapon of war targeting ethnic minority groups – for which nobody has been held to account.

29.09.2013

YANGON, Myanmar -- Jimmy Carter and two other former world leaders who are part of a group known as "The Elders" wrapped up a visit to Myanmar on Thursday with calls to address Buddhist-led violence against minority Muslims and end impunity for the perpetrators.

"No one can afford to ignore these senseless, destructive, repeated acts of brutality," they said.

29.09.2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — Rampant police shootings, suspicious deaths in custody, and a refusal to allow space for public protests were among key problems tarnishing Malaysia’s human rights record, according to a report by liberties group Suaram released today.

29.09.2013

Lawyers for Liberty is extremely shocked and concerned with the rash of proposed criminal law and procedure amendments with far reaching implications that were tabled in Parliament yesterday.

29.09.2013

Pressure is mounting on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to re-examine their supply chains in an effort to stop procuring tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia. Questions about the use of Indonesian tin comes in the wake of recent research that suggests dangerous tin mining practices have caused deaths and environmental devastation on the island.

29.09.2013

Opposition against a South Jakarta ward chief for being a non-Muslim heated up on Wednesday after protesters delivered a coffin and a yellow flag, a symbol often associated with death, and demanded that she be removed from her position.

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.

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