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Submitted by Eleven on Tue, 05/23/2017 - 08:15

The Nation/ANN - Govt opponents silenced as freedom of expression, particularly on internet, hit


Posted 22 May 2017 14:13 GMT

Head staff at two independent news websites in Malaysia are facing cybercrime charges for posting a video of a politician criticizing the country’s attorney general.


May 15, 2017 01:00
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EIGHTY Thai and Myanmar NGOs have voiced their support for The Nation journalist Pratch Rujivanarom, who has been sued by a Thai mining company over a report about the environmental impacts of a tin mine affecting local people in Myanmar.

By Indonesia correspondent Samantha Hawley
Posted yesterday at 1:56pm
More than 100 men have been arrested for pornography, a crime that can carry a jail sentence, during a police raid on the Atlantis gay club in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

About 140 men were detained for questioning.


posted May 13, 2017 at 12:01 am by
Manila Standard

Now on its 53rd year as the country’s national association of newspapers, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) is holding its 21st National Press Forum on May 24 to 26 in Manila.

Themed “ASEAN@50: Beyond the Headlines,” the event coincides with the regional organization’s golden anniversary.


By Saw Yan Naing 15 May 2017

MAE LA OON, Thailand — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has invited refugees to discuss a voluntary repatriation plan in Mae La Oon camp, one of nine refugee camps in Thailand along the Thai-Burma border.


05/16/2017 | Press Release | Laos

(Paris) The harsh prison sentences handed down to three Lao government critics are a shocking reminder of Vientiane’s intolerance for any form of peaceful dissent, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. FIDH and LMHR reiterate their call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the three.


Laignee Barron in Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday 16 May 2017 03.08 BST

At least two dozen refugees and asylum seekers have died in Malaysia immigration detention centres since 2015, the United Nations refugee agency has told the Guardian.


By Natashya Gutierrez
Published Wed, Apr 26, 2017 8:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Imagine that pay raise you've been waiting for. Or perhaps an opportunity to work or study abroad. How about the chance to travel extensively overseas?  


Organizations call on authorities to reopen investigation, ensure effective remedies

17 May 2017

Yangon, May 8 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar to guarantee religious freedom for all minorities, amid growing tensions between different belief systems in the country, according to a report released on Monday.

In April, Myanmar authorities had closed down two Islamic religious schools in Yangon, erstwhile capital and the country’s most populated city, Efe news reported.


Submitted by Eleven on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 00:32
Kyaw Zin Win

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi received the Freedom of the City of London, awarded by the London Mayor and the City Council, at the Guildhall Building in London on Monday.


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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN member countries and Canada have agreed to improve the protection of migrant workers during the 14th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue Meeting in Ottawa, Canada, on May 8, 2017.

This was stated in a press statement from the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received in Jakarta, on Tuesday.


For Immediate Release

Thailand: Insurgents Bomb Southern Mall
Targeting Civilians Possible Crime Against Humanity

By Erin Cook
01st May, 2017
16:35 AEDT

18 April 2017

The five international judges for the Monsanto Tribunal presented their legal opinion Tuesday, which includes key conclusions on the conduct of Monsanto and the need for important changes to international laws governing multinational corporations.

April 18, 2017 7:55PM EDT
Drop Case Against Prominent Critic for Facebook Posts

by Nhan Quyen • [Human Rights]

Radio Free Asia, April 17, 2017

A group of farmers in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi on Monday continued to detain at least 20 people—including riot police—in a situation sources described as “heated,” after a land dispute led to a rare incident of violence between residents and authorities over the weekend.