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Court Convicts Two Men for Attacks on Loei Human Rights Defenders

Wahyu Susilo and Indriaswati Dyah Saptaningrum
Jakarta | Tue, May 31 2016 | 07:18 am


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One bus load of (self-paying) Temiar will be in the Kota Baru High Court on Monday 30 May 2016, for the start of the land rights case of Pos Belatim in the Gua Musang district of Kelantan.


Luke Hunt
May 26, 2016 5:05 AM

PHNOM PENH— A Cambodian court will rule shortly on charges brought against three military personnel who have confessed to beating two opposition politicians outside the National Assembly in October.


Supalak Ganjanakhundee
The Nation May 18, 2016 1:00 am

No one in Southeast Asia should expect their civil rights to be protected by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). Six years since it was launched, the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) has yet to take any action to safeguard the most basic freedoms of citizens it supposedly represents.


May 17, 2016, Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), together with a group of experienced media professionals, are in the midst of developing a code of ethics to guide media practitioners on human rights issues.

Its secretary, Rodziah Abdul said a document related to the code of ethics was presented to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.


Charles H. Rivkin
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs

Earlier this week, the Administration took steps to support private sector interest in Burma and help the new democratically-elected government.


12:28, 21 May 2016 Saturday

World Bulletin / News Desk
Myanmar’s parliament has voted down a powerful nationalist ethnic party’s proposal for an urgent citizenship verification process for Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, state media reported Saturday.

Tama Salim
The Jakarta Post
Dilli | Thu, May 26 2016 | 08:42 am
Just 14 years into independence, Timor Leste has secured membership of a number of international forums, declaring its intent to catch up with the rest of the developing world.
World | Thu May 26, 2016 5:27am EDT

By Ei Ei Toe Lwin   |   Friday, 20 May 2016

U Ko Ni, legal adviser to the National League for Democracy, said discussions were being held with interfaith groups to revive proposed legislation that had failed to get through parliament under U Thein Sein’s administration.


May 25, 2016 10:31 AM

PHNOM PENH— Cambodia's next election will be in July 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday, as leaders of the opposition face legal charges they say are politically motivated to stop them challenging the veteran premier in the vote.


Ensure Protections for Refugees and Human Trafficking Survivors

(Bangkok, May 24, 2016)—Thailand authorities should conduct a thorough, independent investigation into the fatal shooting by police of a Rohingya refugee on May 23, said Fortify Rights today. Thailand should end the indefinite and arbitrary detention of refugees and human-trafficking survivors.

24 May 2016
Dy Khamboly
 VOA Khmer

PHNOM PENH — Political intimidation, the suppression of political expression and restrictions on freedom of assembly have Cambodia’s young democracy under threat, observers in the country say.


By Jennifer Wells | Business Columnist
Tues., May 24, 2016

Travelling through Cambodia recently, I saw tinder-dry fields baking in 40-degree heat, evidence of the country’s severe drought, now defined as the worst in a half-century.


By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, May 24, 2016 |

SHWE YAUNG PYA, Mon State — Some four hours’ drive from Rangoon off the main road to Moulmein in Mon State, the Shwe Yaung Pya Agro rubber plantation is well on its way to full commercial operations.


May 24, 2016

(New York) – The Thai government should promptly act on pledges to make torture and enforced disappearance criminal offenses, Human Rights Watch said today.


Rabu, 25 Mei 2016 09:22 WIB | 681 Views
Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) - The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste will become a member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2017, the Indonesian Ambassador to ASEAN, Rahmat Pramono, said here on Tuesday.


(New York) – United States President Barack Obama should press Vietnam to end its crackdown on peaceful activists and move towards free and fair elections, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama’s visit from May 23-25, will be the first in his two-term administration.


19 May 2016 | Statements | Vietnam