Two years after the disappearance of Sombath Somphone on the evening of 15 December 2012, the directors from across the global Amnesty International movement write to express their deepest hopes for his safe return.
In the report, Missed Opportunities: Recommendations for Investigating the Disappearance of Sombath Somphone, which was co-authored by Michael Taylor QPM, a leading international investigator, the ICJ noted that despite the passage of two years since Sombath Somphone’s apparent enforced disappearance on December 15, 2012, very little information about the progress of investigation has been released to the public or his family.
Suaram urges the government to take immediate actions in stopping and reversing the above six major trends of human rights violations. This should include, but not limited to, a thorough and comprehensive law reform of all outdated legislations; legislate the necessary law such as freedom of information law, anti-torture law and refugee law; ratify all major international human rights treaties; establish the necessary independent institutions such as the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission and Equality Commission; put in place a National Human Rights Action Plan; carry out nation-wide human rights education program; etc.
This briefing paper provides an assessment of the overall situation of indigenous peoples in relation to their right to media, access to information and freedom of expression as emphasized in article 16 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It aims to draw the attention of and to provide recommendations to policy makers, donors and activists/journalists on the lack of these rights for indigenous peoples that deprive them of channels to voice out their concerns and participate in shaping the social and political agenda in ASEAN countries.
This Report shows the daily struggle conducted by land rights defenders, often confronted to “economic predators” greedily supportive of unbridled development. Land rights defenders often live in isolated areas, far from actors of protection. These factors facilitate acts of violence against them, the level of violence being proportional to sky-rocketing profits
This new report from Forest Peoples Programme exposes the underlying cause of forest loss in Indonesia: the denial of the rights of the tens of thousands of customary law communities (‘indigenous peoples’) who inhabit the forests. Tracing this denial of rights back to the pre-colonial era, the study documents how the country’s legal and policy framework has systematically weakened forest peoples’ rights over time.
The 25th ASEAN Summit, under Myanmar's Chairmanship theme, "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community", was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from 12 to 13 November 2014. The President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, His Excellency U Thein Sein chaired the Summit.
To mark the start of the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, LICADHO has published a report exploring how the lives of women campaigners are changed by their activism. It reveals the high price women pay, suffering not only serious economic and emotional impacts but also often domestic violence and family breakdown.
This submission is made by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) on the application and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women for lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender (LBT) persons in Brunei Darussalam.
This is the fourth report on the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism prepared by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Solidarity for Asian People’s Advocacy – Task Force on ASEAN and Human Rights (SAPA TFAHR) since the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in 2009.
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The Commission is concerned by the situation for internally displaced persons in ethnic minority areas, particularly the approximately 140,000 mostly Rohingya Muslims displaced in Rakhine State and the more than 100,000 predominantly Christian Kachin displaced in Kachin State since 2011.
In January 2011, the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic (“the Clinic”) began to investigate the actions of the Myanmar Army during a military offensive in eastern Myanmar (“the Offensive”) that began in late 2005 and lasted approximately three years.
This report presents the results of a quantitative and qualitative study, aimed at understanding the process by which the DSEZ project has unfolded, and the extent to which the rights of the local people are being protected and respected by the relevant States and corporations in the implementation of the project.
The present report sets out the Special Rapporteur's preliminary key areas of focus and reccomendation aimed at contributing to Myanmar's efforts toward respecting, protecting and promoting human rights and achieving democratization, national reconciliation and development.
Joint Communiqué of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 8 August 2014
The letter open letter is submitted to the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and Endorsed by 58 Organizations/Networks
This submission is the detailed submission (by article) from the Thai civil society in the review of the terms of reference of the AICHR.
This submission is the contribution from the Thai civil society in the review of the terms of reference of the AICHR.