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Myanmar: Burma slammed for refusing to sign declaration on sexual violence

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 –...

Myanmar: ‘Elders’ urge Myanmar to address religious strife

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...

Malaysia: Suaram: Police abuses, rally crackdowns sully Putrajaya’s rights record

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. In its “Malaysia Human Rights Report 2012: Civil and Political...

Malaysia: The most serious assault on human rights

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. These amendments constitute the most serious assault on human rights and established legal principles since 1988 after the constitutional crisis and Operation...

Indonesia: OEMs Face Human Rights Issues With Indonesian Tin

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...

Indonesia: Non-Muslim Ward Chief Stays On

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. Some 600 residents rallied against Susan Jasmine Zulkifli on Wednesday, rejecting...

Viet Nam: Vietnamese Authorities Arrest Prominent Activists in Hanoi

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...

Malaysia: Malaysian government proposes new detention without trial powers

(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. The government is justifying the proposed toughening of...

Philippines: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in southern Philippines

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...

Cambodia: Cambodia releases two jailed for union leader murder

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...