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Cambodia: Human rights groups condemn excessive use of force

It was 20 years on September 24 since the Cambodian Constitution was first signed, marking the end of the UN transitional authority in the country (Untac). Today’s Constitution was drafted in July and August 1993 by 12 persons. One of them told the local press on Tuesday that, while  the...

Philippines: PNoy urged to form claims board for martial law victims

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) together with lawmakers and human rights victims reiterated their call for President Aquino to form the Claims Board tasked to compensate the victims of martial law. Former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, in a recent conference at the CHR office, said that...

Lao PDR: Fifty Christians face eviction in Laos

Recant your faith or get out - that's the ultimatum issued recently to 50 Christians living in a rural community in central Laos. On August 30, leaders of Nongdaeng village summoned representatives of 11 Christian families to the government headquarters building for an official meeting instructing them to recant their...

Indonesia: Komnas HAM Condemns Sealing of St. Bernadette Church

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Siti Noor Laila, the chairwoman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), has condemned the sealing of  St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bintaro, South Tangerang on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She said the sealing of places of worship in the country persisted due to...

Indonesia: Govt must renew commitment to promote reproductive rights

Indonesia, with its booming population of 240 million, is facing tremendous problems. One of its programs, family planning, is undergoing serious challenges. In the lead-up to the National Family Planning Summit on Sept. 25, The Jakarta Post’s Rita A. Widiadana interviewed Terence H.Hull, professor of Demography at the Australian...

Cambodia: Investigate Killing and Injuries of Election Protesters

The Cambodian government should promptly launch an independent and impartial investigation into the apparent excessive use of force by security forces against protesters that killed one person and seriously injured at least 24 others, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should publicly direct the security forces to abide...

Sixth 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) successfully concluded its Sixth Meeting which was convened from 1-2 April 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting was updated on 15 projects under the ACWC Work Plan 2012-2016 while 3 new projects were...

Myanmar: Stateless Rohingya and Violation of Human Rights

Every human being has the right to live in his birthplace irrespective of religion, colour and race. But in case of Rohingyas in Myanmar, it is different and difficult. Rohingyas have been living in the state of Arakan in Myanmar since the 8th century, but have not been recognised...

Cambodia: Drop Case Against Men Framed for Murder

(New York) – The Cambodian government should drop its case against two men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the 2004 murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, Human Rights Watch said today. The Supreme Court will re-hear the case against Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun on September 25, 2013. “Prosecutors...

Viet Nam: Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

More than 100 Vietnamese reform-seeking intellectuals signed a petition Monday calling on the government to establish an open public forum to discuss prospects for democracy in the authoritarian state. It is the latest bid to pressure the country's Communist leaders to end one party rule which rights groups say suppresses...