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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...

Malaysia: As political ‘phony’ Najib meets Mark Zuckerberg, his govt rams in ‘INHUMANE’ laws

KUALA LUMPUR - Opposition lawmakers reacted sharply to the Malaysian government's proposed amendments to several crime laws, saying these were "more draconian" than they had expected. They lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak for taking Malaysia back in time to an era where the government could arrest, abuse, enforce and persecute...

Cambodia: Cambodia Urged To Ensure True Political Representation In National Assembly

A United Nations independent expert said Wednesday that the Cambodian Government must now ensure that the country's National Assembly is truly representative to promote a successful transition to democracy, following the disputed general elections held in July. "Every country that undergoes a transition to democracy faces a moment when the...

Thailand: Initiative to end abuses in Thai seafood sector weak – activists

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative to stamp out human trafficking, child labour and forced labour in Thailand's multibillion-dollar seafood industry lacks teeth and will do little to end the problem in the Southeast Asian country, rights activists say. Under the "Good Labour Practices" programme, launched in the Thai...

Lao PDR: Laos Christians Facing Expulsion for Faith

VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife) -- Authorities in southern Laos have told Christians to recant their faith in Christ or face expulsion from their village amid a wider crackdown on churches, a human rights official and friend of the believers told BosNewsLife. Officials in Huay village, located in the Atsaphangthong district of...

Indonesia: TNI Surveillance Purchase Triggers Concern in Indonesia

A leading human rights group has called for increased monitoring of Indonesian Military (TNI) surveillance activities after the defense ministry admitted to purchasing sophisticated spying equipment from a company with a history of supplying oppressive regimes. The Ministry of Defense signed a 4.2 million pound ($6.7 million) deal with the...

Burma: Continued Prosecutions of Human Rights Defenders

The Asian Human Rights Commission has in a number of recent appeals and statements (AHRC-UAC-105-2013, AHRC-UAC-101-2013, AHRC-STM-108-2013) pointed to the persistent pursuit and prosecution by the police and local authorities in Burma, or Myanmar, of human rights defenders under draconian legislation old and new. Despite the country's continued progress...

Seventh Press Release of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) concluded its Seventh Meeting convened on 22-24 July 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Meeting was participated by ASEAN Member States (AMS) and the main event was the finalisation of the draft Declaration...