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Ultra-Conservative Indonesian District Bans Unmarried Couples From Dining Together

Men and women sit at a restaurant in Bireun district in Indonesia's Aceh province, on Sept. 5, 2018. Amanda Jufrian—AFP/Getty Images A district in one of Indonesia’s most conservative regions has advised restaurants and cafes to prevent men and women who are not closely related from dining together. The head of Bireuen...

James Ricketson’s daughter pleads for release of film-maker jailed in Cambodia

Daughter says the health of the 69-year-old Australian, who was sentenced to six years jail, is failing and he could die in prison James Ricketson speaks from a prisoner van outside court in Phnom Penh on Friday after he was sentenced to six years’ jail. Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP James Ricketson’s daughter...

Author: People love liberals, but only when they are the minority

While liberals and liberalism are often treated as a bogeyman in Malaysia’s political discourse, a Turkish journalist has reminded that liberals have stood up for the rights of Muslims in countries where they are a minority. The award-winning author Mustafa Akyol said Muslims - and other minorities - seem to...

Thailand: Drop Defamation Charges Against Burmese Workers

Thai authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers who alleged that their employer violated their labor rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Proceedings in the case will begin in Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok on June 7, 2017. Fourteen Face Criminal Charges for Speaking Out (New...

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

The government accused KiniTV and Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan and CEO Premesh Chandran of violating the Communications and Multimedia Act of 1998 (CMA), which criminalizes “the improper use of network facilities by knowingly transmitting contents which are offensive, menacing, obscene, false and indecent with the intent to annoy, abuse...

Myanmar and Thai NGOs support ‘Nation’ reporter hit by suit for ‘defaming’ mining firm

EIGHTY Thai and Myanmar NGOs have voiced their support for The Nation journalist Pratch Rujivanarom, who has been sued by a Thai mining company over a report about the environmental impacts of a tin mine affecting local people in Myanmar. May 15, 2017 01:00 By THE NATION 3,222 Viewed EIGHTY Thai and Myanmar...

Three government critics jailed for up to 20 years

The harsh prison sentences handed down to three Lao government critics are a shocking reminder of Vientiane’s intolerance for any form of peaceful dissent, FIDH and its member organization Lao Movement for Human Rights (LMHR) said today. 05/16/2017 | Press Release | Laos (Paris) The harsh prison sentences handed down to...

Thailand: Junta Making Mockery a Criminal Offense

Thailand’s military junta is targeting a range of peaceful critics for prosecution prior to the third anniversary of the military coup, Human Rights Watch said today. April 18, 2017 7:55PM EDT Drop Case Against Prominent Critic for Facebook Posts (New York) – Thailand’s military junta is targeting a range of peaceful critics...

UN concerned by Lena Hendry’s conviction over film screening

“Lena Hendry’s conviction for showing a film is a clear violation of her right to freedom of expression and assembly, and we urge the authorities to re-examine the case in line with international human rights law,” said Laurent Meillan, acting regional representative of OHCHR’s South East Asia regional office. by...

Press Releases : Comments on News Release Issued by OHCHR on the Prosecutions Under the Lèse-majesté Law

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 With regard to...