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Philippines: More Muslim rebels surrender in Philippines’ south

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...

Viet Nam: Vietnam’s three-decade renewal issues sum up

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. The joint statement outlines the orientations and goals for the strategic partnership, with the aim to enhance bilateral cooperation in...

Thailand: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Shrimp Sector Investigated

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. The Hidden Cost: Human Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Shrimp Industry follows EJF’s Sold to the Sea report,...

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...