News Updates


By Jonas Guterres
April 07, 2017

Corruption is a complex global problem that creates high obstacles to sustainable and prospective development and impairs the social, political, and institutional condition of a nation. Generally speaking corruption is understood, in Transparency International’s words, as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gains.”


By Taylor McDonald - 2017-04-10

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said a gang of vigilantes burst into a Sumatran home last month and brought two men found there to the police for alleged homosexuality. The pair, in their 20s, have been held at a Wilayatul Hisbah, a Sharia police station in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

The chief inspector said they had confessed to being gay and would face sentencing.


23 March 2017 | Hul Reaksmey | VOA Khmer

PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government has called on Asean lawmakers to stay out of its internal affairs after a report by a group of Southeast Asian MPs labeled political developments in Cambodia the “death knell for democracy.”


World News | Thu Apr 6, 2017 | 11:06am EDT

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat | BANGKOK

Thailand will hold an election within the 19-month timeframe prescribed in the country's new constitution, now signed into law by the king, but an exact date has yet to be set, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday.



MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar — The scene would have been unlikely a year ago. Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the streets to protest a decision by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to name a new bridge for her father.

“Recognize the will of the local ethnic people,” protesters chanted last month as they marched along the waterfront of this historic city in southern Myanmar.


By MarEx 2017-04-09 04:42:57

Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos cross the border into Thailand each year. They trade poverty at home for the possibility of relative prosperity abroad. A Thai proverb – escaping from the tiger, then meeting the crocodile – describes the fate of many.


By Su Phyo Win   |   Monday, 10 April 2017

“It is fundamental. Business is essential for peace and peace is also critical in encouraging business growth. They are co-related.

Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, April 7, 2017 | 01:37 pm

Submitted by Eleven on Sun, 04/09/2017 - 22:20

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Advocacy group’s signature campaign targets orders deemed too restrictive for people’s rights.

A signature campaign is underway to propose a new law to revoke junta orders deemed to have affected people’s rights.


By Afp | Published: 10:20 BST, 9 April 2017 | Updated: 10:20 BST, 9 April 2017

The UN children's agency UNICEF has called on Myanmar's government to release Rohingya children detained as part of a sweeping military campaign in Rakhine state.


FMT Reporters | April 8, 2017

PETALING JAYA: Not satisfied with the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court imposition of a RM10,000 fine on Lena Hendry, the public prosecutor is now filing an appeal for a more severe punishment, Malaysiakini reported today.

New Sin Yew told the news portal that his client had receive a letter informing her of the decision to appeal.


Published on Friday, 07 April 2017 14:14

KUALA LUMPUR: The Children's Fund of the United Nations (PBB) has reminded Malaysia that child marriage under the age of 18 years old is grossly wrong as it goes against the basis of human rights.


7 April 2017 by Shannon Power

Trans Thai women who have not had gender reassignment surgery still have to serve in the country’s military under conscription laws.

At the age of 21 men in Thailand can either serve a voluntary six month stint in the army or risk their chances in a lottery. The annual lottery is held in April.


BANGKOK –  Thailand's king signed the country's new constitution on Thursday, putting his stamp of approval on the nation's 20th charter since the absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932.

King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun endorsed the document in an elaborate ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall attended by senior members of the country's military government as well as foreign diplomats.


Nawar Firdaws | April 9, 2017

PETALING JAYA: While police have yet to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and three others like him, another person is feared to have also gone missing.

Speaking to FMT, Darryl Chong, the son of missing Peter Chong, said he last saw his father at their house on Wednesday.

The family lost contact with Peter a couple of days later.


By NST ONLINE - March 8, 2017 @ 7:32pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank today announced that it will offer extended maternity leave of up to 365 days for eligible female employees within the group with immediate effect.

This makes Maybank the first bank in the country to offer such a maternity leave benefit for its employees.


By Leilani S. Junio
8 March 2017 | ILOILO CITY

ASCC Ministers with DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh at the 17th ASEAN Socio-Cultural Council Meeting, March 8, Iloilo City


PARIS, 7 March 2017 (VCHR) – As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March under the theme “Be Bold for Change”, women in Vietnam are paying a high price for standing up for their rights.


by Aliran admin - 22 Feb 2017

The UN Human Rights Office for South East Asia is concerned by a Malaysian court’s conviction of human rights activist Lena Hendry over a private screening of a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war, and the chilling effect on the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly.


by Sek Odom | February 23, 2017

Tep Vanny, one of the country’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday over charges related to a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh mansion in 2013.