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Mon, 20 February 2017
Niem Chheng and Leonie Kijewski

Political analyst Kim Sok was charged, arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on Friday afternoon after showing up for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, according to court spokesman Ly Sophana.



Published: 6/02/2017 at 04:30 AM
Newspaper section: Asia focus

Two recent incidents in Southeast Asia have caught the attention of international human rights activists. Indeed, they should concern anyone who cares about the rule of law.

By Rex Remitio, CNN Philippines
Updated 17:58 PM PHT Sat, January 14, 2017

Rabu, 18 Januari 2017 09:02 WIB | 1.082 Views

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Commissioner of ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Dinna Wisnu calls on more womens participation in the politics and public policy to address a very diverse issues of human rights in the region.

Thu Feb 2, 2017 | 5:53am EST
By Enrico Dela Cruz and Manolo Serapio Jr | MANILA

By Victoria Wah

Mother Nature, an environmental non-governmental organization, recently hired a Singaporean law firm Eugene Thuraisingam LLP to investigate irregularities in sand imports from Cambodia to Singapore.


Published 7 Feb 2017, 3:33 pm     Updated 7 Feb 2017, 3:36 pm

US President Donald J Trump’s executive order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked reactions in USA and worldwide, not least in Malaysia.

While the debate on border control is still hot, I want to bring our attention to the immigration question in Malaysia.


With regard to the news release issued by the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression voicing concerns over the use of the lèse-majesté law, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to clarify as follows:


GENEVA (7 February 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today called on the Thai authorities to stop using lèse-majesté provisions as a political tool to stifle critical speech. In Thailand, defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family carries a penalty of three to fifteen years’ imprisonment.


FEBRUARY 7, 2017 10:25AM EST
Leading Rights Groups Protest Pattern of Intimidation

(Phnom Penh) – Cambodian authorities should immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation of human rights defenders Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists said today.


Mon, 6 February 2017
Erin Handley

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reassured his Burmese counterpart that the Kingdom will not interfere in the escalating “Rohingya issue”, a day after a damning UN report revealed widespread gang rape and murder allegedly committed against the Muslim ethnic minority by Myanmar security forces.


By Reuters 3 February 2017

GENEVA, Switzerland — Burma President Htin Kyaw’s spokesman said on Friday that the government had not yet seen a highly critical UN human rights report on Arakan State.

February 6, 2017 2:00 am JST
De facto leader distancing herself from Myanmar's religious tensions
MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei staff writer

February 6, 2017 3:31PM EST

Justice Marred by Cover-Up, Shoddy Inquiries, and Gaps in Law


By Equality Myanmar on December 29, 2016 HR News

Aung Myo Min, Human Rights Activist and Director of Equality Myanmar

As a dedicated human rights activist, U Aung Myo Min is one of the foremost civil society leaders in Burma.


December 12, 2016 1:55 am JST

Aung San Suu Kyi responds to regional concern over Rakhine with unprecedented call for ASEAN meeting.

Kavi Chongkittavorn, Contributing writer


Posted 12 Dec 2016 21:52 Updated 12 Dec 2016 22:00

YANGON: Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis, a diplomat said Monday (Dec 12), as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority.

More than 20,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh over the past two months, fleeing a military campaign in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.


Indonesia marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Date: 26 November 2015


23 Nov 2016 at 21:14 4,687

Nearly 100 Karen refugees from the Nu Po camp in Tak are expected to return to Myanmar next year, forming the second batch under the two governments’ repatriation scheme.


So, this is not just about Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte -- a colorful “rock star” from some media view, fresh from his debut in the international stage -- being perceived as friend or enemy of other countries as he chairs the ASEAN Summit and related meetings of 2017.