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[Report] Defending in Numbers: A Message of Strength from the Ground 2019 – 2020

For an interactive summary of this report, please click here. Defending In Numbers is a biennial report that reviews the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) across Asia as documented by FORUM-ASIA. This particular edition of the report, Defending In Numbers — A Message of Strength from the Ground, follows previous editions of...

Malaysia: Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO) declared an “unlawful organisation”

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia. Brief description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources, including...

Burma: Continued Prosecutions of Human Rights Defenders

The Asian Human Rights Commission has in a number of recent appeals and statements (AHRC-UAC-105-2013, AHRC-UAC-101-2013, AHRC-STM-108-2013) pointed to the persistent pursuit and prosecution by the police and local authorities in Burma, or Myanmar, of human rights defenders under draconian legislation old and new. Despite the country's continued progress...

Viet Nam: Vietnamese Authorities Arrest Prominent Activists in Hanoi

In a relentless crackdown on dissent, authorities in Vietnam arrested on Wednesday two bloggers, an activist and five others, according to one of the detainees. Police and plainclothes officers detained blogger Nguyen Tuong Thuy, his wife and daughter, and another blogger Pham Ba Hai, as well as activist Nguyen Phuong...

Myanmar: Letpadaung Villagers Fear Crackdown After Compensation Deadline

Villagers opposed to the Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in northern Myanmar fear a harsh government crackdown after next week’s deadline for them to accept financial compensation for giving up their land for the project, activists said. Some 400 residents from 10 villages in the Letpadaung area in Sagaing region marched...

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’s activists fight to keep their land

ELIZABETH JACKSON: As political protests continue in Cambodia, one woman remains a symbol of the government's crackdown on anyone who dares to criticise. Yorm Bopha is a young woman from Boeng Kak Lake where residents have run a concerted campaign against the eviction of an entire community in favour of...

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...

Thailand: Natural Fruit launches fresh defamation charges against Andy Hall

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has filed more criminal defamation charges against British human rights campaigner Andy Hall, in relation to a recent Youtube video posted by NGO Finnwatch. The video, published on Sep. 18, features comments about the Thai company’s labor practices and features Andy Hall, Natural Fruit workers, European...

Thailand: British Rights Activist Meets EU, Maintains Innocence as He Leaves Thailand

PHUKET: Migrant rights activist Andy Hall met with European Union officials in Thailand yesterday and is on his way back to Burma as planned. Mr Hall, a British citizen facing jail and heavy financial penalties over a human rights campaign in Thailand, has turned to the EU for help in...