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Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand Face Visa Extension and Passport Issuance Chaos and Extortion

There are currently 2.5 to 3 million workers from Myanmar in Thailand. Since June 2009, these migrants had to enter a national verification process (NV) involving Thai/Myanmar government officials, in line with a 2003 MOU on Cooperation in Worker Employment. On completion of NV, workers became regularised through issuance...
AICHR-campaign

14th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights

14th Meeting of AICHR Yangon, Myanmar, 8 – 11 February 2014. The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its first meeting in 2014, under the chairmanship of H.E. U Kyaw Tint Swe, the Representative of Myanmar to the AICHR, from 8 to 11 February 2014 in Yangon, Myanmar....
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Shui Meng Ng: There is still need for the international community to continue to press for answers on Sombath’s disappearance

Thirteen months after the forced disappearance of civil society activist Sombath Somphone, the European Parliament issued a second resolution calling on the Lao government to "clarify the state of the investigation", "to answer the many outstanding questions around disappearance", and "to seek and accept assistance from foreign forensic...
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Migrant Workers Should Be Allowed To Renew Their Work Permits Without Having To Return Home

The Mekong Migration Network (MMN), a sub-regional network of civil society organizations, research institutes and mass organizations promoting rights of all migrant workers and their families, urges the Royal Government of Thailand to immediately review its policy that requires migrant workers to return to their countries of origin before...
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DISMISSAL FROM SERVICE OF TORTURERS NOT ENOUGH, IMPLEMENT RA9745, CONVENE THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Suspension and dismissal from service of the 10 suspected torturers are not enough. Cases should be filed against the alleged perpetrators under the Anti-Torture Law (ATL) or RA9745 and prosecute torturers. The alleged torture of detainees if proven should not only penalize the 10 police personnel.  Their immediate superiors should...
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ASEAN Parliamentarians Urge Vietnam to Commit to Genuine Human Rights Improvements

BANGKOK, 4 February – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today called on UN member states and the government of Vietnam to use this week’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to establish genuine and measurable advancements in human rights in the country and arrest the recent decline in the rights situation...
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Statement – Cambodia: Latest Crackdown on Peaceful Dissent Further Perpetuates Impunity and Fuels Tensions

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a Bangkok-based regional human rights NGO representing 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, registered its strongest condemnation of the Cambodian government’s violent suppression of demonstrators, rights observers and media personnel at a mass rally held in Phnom Penh...
Stop the Violence in Cambodia-campaign

Joint Statement – Stop the Violence: A Call for Release, Investigation and Reparation

We, the Cambodian and International Civil Society Organizations represented in this statement, condemn the use of armed force and escalating violence against the Cambodian people. At the start of 2014, following three weeks of peaceful demonstrations in Phnom Penh, tensions increased dramatically as authorities brutally cracked down on garment factory...
Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam-campaign

Invitation to Join Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam

Campaign seeks to rally international and domestic pressure in order to end all forms of torture in Vietnam On behalf of the Campaign to Abolish Torture in Vietnam (CAT-VN), we are writing to invite the participation of human rights organizations and individual advocates in this newly launched campaign. Please register at:...
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Stop the Brutal Repression of Workers and Trade Unions in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has been violently repressing the legitimate strike organized and participated by the majority of garment, textile and footwear workers demanding higher minimum wage. Numerous media reports confirmed that the use of excessive force of the police and armed forces brutally killed at least four workers and severely...