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The Philippines: Learning from Argentina: Remembering the victims of Martial Law

MANILA, Philippines - It has been 31 years since Martial Law was lifted and 27 years since the Marcos regime ended. But most of the martial law human rights victims still haven’t been given their due reparation and recognition. In an effort to recognize the victims of martial law, civil...

Burma: More Detained As Violence On Rakhine State Blamed On ‘Outsiders’

Authorities in Myanmar said Friday that they have detained 10 more suspects in connection with this week’s deadly anti-Muslim violence in western Rakhine state during a visit by President Thein Sein, who has questioned the motive behind the attacks instigated by “outsiders.” “About 16” people have been detained since Tuesday’s...

The Philippines: Ex-TV reporter wants LGBT desks in police stations

MANILA, Philippines - Former TV reporter turned congresswoman Sol Aragones wants an LGBT desk installed in every police station that would handle hate crimes. Aragones, who represents the 3rd District of Laguna, filed House Bill 2571 that seeks to amend Republic Act 8551, known as the Philippine National Police Reform...

Cambodia: ILO Initiative Could Unravel Cambodia’s Garment Industry: Manufacturers

A move by the International Labour Organization to name and shame garment producers in Cambodia that flout workers' rights and safety standards could damage the industry’s reputation and result in a drastic reduction in orders from buyers abroad, according to a senior manufacturing official. Last week, the ILO announced that...

Malaysia Calls On Myanmar To End All Acts Of Violence

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has called on the Myanmar government to undertake concrete and positive steps to put an end to all acts of violence, including human rights violations against the Muslim community in Myanmar. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia had full confidence that...

Cambodia: Chut Wutty’s legacy creates an opportunity for land justice

In Cambodia, there is talk of change. Not just from Hun Sen, the prime minister, who has promised reforms after his party suffered a significant blow in recent elections, but from environmental activists and campaigners, who say there has never before been such an opportunity to lobby a government...

Cambodia: Scapegoat ‘killers’ acquitted

The courtroom erupted in applause yesterday as the Supreme Court acquitted two men falsely charged with the murder of unionist Chea Vichea nearly a decade ago. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun are set to leave Prey Sar prison free men this morning after spending a total of five years,...

Myanmar: Letpadaung Villagers Fear Crackdown After Compensation Deadline

Villagers opposed to the Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in northern Myanmar fear a harsh government crackdown after next week’s deadline for them to accept financial compensation for giving up their land for the project, activists said. Some 400 residents from 10 villages in the Letpadaung area in Sagaing region marched...

Indonesia: Indonesia’s Prabowo Turns Ambassador

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. In keeping with his portrayal as diplomatic and benevolent, Prabowo recently visited a maid on Malaysia's death row who was accused of murdering her...

Cambodia: Cambodia must ensure National Assembly represents all parties – UN expertHanoi

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. “Every country that undergoes a transition to democracy faces a moment when...