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2018 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia

FORUM-ASIA, as the Secretariat of the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI), is delighted to present the publication of the 2018 ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of the National Human Rights Institutions in Asia. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation...

Human rights activist barred from entering Vietnam

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) secretary-general Debbie Stothard, who was supposed to speak at the World Economic Forum in Vietnam, has been detained by immigration at the Hanoi International Airport. “They (immigration officers) told me under Article 21 of their Immigration Act, I was barred from entering the country. “They...

Vietnam denies human rights activist entry

Vietnam has refused entry to the secretary-general of the International Federation for Human Rights, Debbie Stothard, who was to attend the World Economic Forum in the country next week, the Swiss-based international foundation says. Hanoi is hosting the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (The Association of South East Asian Nations)...

Timor-Leste Remembers Indonesia’s Slain Human Rights Hero

Timorese victims of Indonesian occupation speak of murdered human rights defender Munir Said Thalib — and a haunting past. In this Dec. 8, 2005 file photo, an Indonesian activist holds a poster of Munir Said Thalib during a rally to commemorate the International Human Rights day outside the state place...

Thailand: Hold Perpetrators Accountable for 2014 Attack on Loei Residents

Thai authorities should reopen the investigation and ensure accountability for attacks against human rights defenders in Loei Province in 2014, said Fortify Rights, Khon Rak Ban Kerd Group (KRBKG), and the Community Resource Centre Foundation (CRC) today. Organizations call on authorities to reopen investigation, ensure effective remedies (BANGKOK/LOEI, May 15, 2017)—Thai...

International Women’s Day in Vietnam: Imprisonment, Intimidation, Injustice, Inequality

Thirty-five years after Vietnam ratified the UN Covenant on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), gender discrimination and abuses of women’s political, social and economic rights persist in every domain. PARIS, 7 March 2017 (VCHR) – As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March under...

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...

Activist Tep Vanny Sentenced to More Than Two Years in Prison

After Thursday’s decision was announced, Ms. Vanny and her supporters in the courtroom repeatedly shouted: “This is an injustice.” 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...

Amnesty International: Conviction of activists must be overturned

On 27 October 2014, activist Han Hui Hui along with blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, Janet Low Wai Choo, Chua Siew Leng, Goh Aik Huat and Ivan Koh Yew Beng were charged for public nuisance. Han Hui Hui and Roy Ngerng were then additionally charged with allegedly organizing a...

Newsmakers of the Year [Aung Myo Min – EQMM]

His work has been captured in the documentary This Kind of Love, which follows him as he returns home from exile. He has received seven international awards recognizing his dedication to human rights and was nominated for the United Nation’s N-Peace Award in 2016. By Equality Myanmar on December 29,...