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Indonesia: TNI Surveillance Purchase Triggers Concern in Indonesia

A leading human rights group has called for increased monitoring of Indonesian Military (TNI) surveillance activities after the defense ministry admitted to purchasing sophisticated spying equipment from a company with a history of supplying oppressive regimes. The Ministry of Defense signed a 4.2 million pound ($6.7 million) deal with the...

Cambodia: Cambodia Urged To Ensure True Political Representation In National Assembly

A United Nations independent expert said Wednesday that the Cambodian Government must now ensure that the country's National Assembly is truly representative to promote a successful transition to democracy, following the disputed general elections held in July. "Every country that undergoes a transition to democracy faces a moment when the...

Indonesia: Non-Muslim Ward Chief Stays On

Opposition against a South Jakarta ward chief for being a non-Muslim heated up on Wednesday after protesters delivered a coffin and a yellow flag, a symbol often associated with death, and demanded that she be removed from her position. Some 600 residents rallied against Susan Jasmine Zulkifli on Wednesday, rejecting...

Cambodia: Cambodia must ensure National Assembly represents all parties – UN expertHanoi

25 September 2013 – Following the general elections in Cambodia in July, the Government must now ensure that the National Assembly is truly representative to promote a successful transition to democracy, a United Nations independent expert said today. “Every country that undergoes a transition to democracy faces a moment when...

Indonesia: Indonesia’s Prabowo Turns Ambassador

Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has just seven months to convincingly reinvent his image as a human rights defender before the 2014 primary election next May. In keeping with his portrayal as diplomatic and benevolent, Prabowo recently visited a maid on Malaysia's death row who was accused of murdering her...

Viet Nam: UN protests jailing of Vietnam human rights lawyer

GENEVA (AFP) - The UN's human rights body on Friday protested the jailing of one of Vietnam's best known dissidents in a tax evasion case denounced by international rights campaigners as politically motivated. "We are seriously concerned by the conviction and sentencing of Mr Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human...

Cambodia: Chut Wutty’s legacy creates an opportunity for land justice

In Cambodia, there is talk of change. Not just from Hun Sen, the prime minister, who has promised reforms after his party suffered a significant blow in recent elections, but from environmental activists and campaigners, who say there has never before been such an opportunity to lobby a government...

Cambodia: Sam Rainsy to Ask Western Nations Not to Recognize Current Government

PHNOM PENH - Opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he is preparing for a trip to the United States and Europe, to urge Western countries not to recognize the newly formed government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen. Sam Rainsy registered to vote on Monday, making him eligible to vote and...

Indonesia: Investigate Deadly Shooting in Papua

(New York) – The Indonesian government should impartially investigate the possible use by police officers of unnecessary lethal force against rock-throwing protesters in Papua on September 23, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today. There should also be an inquiry into harassment of victims, medical personnel, and witnesses at a...

Cambodia opposition to rally at capital’s Freedom Park on Sunday

Although more people are emerging to defend human rights in Thailand, they are still ignored or stigmatised for The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) would hold a "people's congress" on Sunday afternoon at the capital's Freedom Park, a statement from the party said Tuesday. "The people's congress is to...