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Jailed Cambodian Rights Workers’ Trial Postponed

FILE: Ms. Lim Mony (left), Nai Vongda, Ny Sokha, and Yi Sokhan, four Adhoc rights defenders, talked to media after they were released from prison on bail, on June 29, 2017. (Courtesy photo of Licahdo) On Sunday, five international advocacy groups, including Human Rights Watch, called for the “politically motivated”...

Japan won’t be sending election monitors to Cambodia

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday it will not be sending election monitors to Cambodia for a general election this weekend, although Tokyo - a major donor to the Southeast Asian nation - has sent such observers for numerous elections in the past. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is...

One Year Later, Duterte Remains a Human Rights Nightmare

“I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.” By James Gomez July 03, 2017 We cannot say that we were not warned. During his campaign for the Philippine presidency, Rodrigo Duterte made his contempt for human rights and the rule of law glaringly apparent. He vowed to kill as many as...

Missing Thailand Revolution Plaque Raises Concerns Over Democracy

Opponents of Thailand’s military government expressed fears for the future of democracy on Monday after the mysterious removal of a plaque marking a 1932 revolution that ended absolute monarchy. By Amy Sawitta Lefevre on 18/04/2017 • Leave a comment Bangkok: Opponents of Thailand’s military government expressed fears for the future of...

Burma/Myanmar: Comprehensive Action Needed to Halt Ongoing Military Rampage [ALTSEAN]

27  March  2017  marked  the  first  Armed  Forces  Day  under  the  NLD-l ed  government.  Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Sr Gen Min Aung Hlaing declared the military 's firm commitment to "... the stability, unity and development of the country and monitoring to ensure that can walk firmly  on  the  multi-party ...

Government sounds off on critics in report, claiming detractors twist facts

The Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday issued a scathing and wide-ranging rebuttal to longstanding accusations of human rights violations and political persecution, calling these allegations a campaign of misinformation led by foreign governments and institutions, particularly the United States, bent on regime change. Wed, 12 April 2017 Ananth Baliga and Chhay Channyda The...

Timor-Leste presidential election: revolutionary hero v new generation

Former independence fighter Francisco ‘Lú-Olo’ Guterres is expected to win, but the next generation of leaders is rising to tackle Timor-Leste’s challenges Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty | Monday 20 March 2017 03.45 GMT A former revolutionary hero is expected to become Timor-Leste’s next president as voters head to the polls...

Government Slams Asean MPs Over Human Rights Criticism

Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) published a report in which it said that court proceedings in Cambodia against some 15 MPs over the last three years had contributed to a “climate of fear”. 23 March 2017 | Hul Reaksmey | VOA Khmer PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government has called...

Thai PM says countdown to promised election begins

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. World News | Thu Apr 6, 2017 | 11:06am EDT By Patpicha Tanakasempipat...

After Aung San Suu Kyi’s First Year in Power, Dismay Swirls in 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. By RICHARD C. PADDOCKAPRIL 8, 2017 MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar — The scene would have been unlikely...