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Academics Warn SEA Human Rights in Regression

Southeast Asia is witnessing a curb on freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and an overt use of security acts, said Professor Vitit Muntabhorn of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Law, Monday at the 4 International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia in Bangkok. BANGKOK —...

Vietnam Arrests Prominent Human Rights Defender, Charging Her with Anti-state Propaganda

On October 10, security forces in Vietnam’s central province of Khanh Hoa arrested prominent human rights defender Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh and charged her with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of the Penal Code. October 10, 2016 Vietnam Arrests Prominent Human Rights Defender, Charging Her with Anti-state Propaganda by Nhan Quyen...

Two Jailed in Vietnam in Closed Trial Over Facebook Offense

A court in south-central Vietnam's coastal Khanh Hoa province convicted two online activists of conducting propaganda against the state on Tuesday, handing one a three-year term and sentencing the other to two years in a closed trial, sources said. RFA Wednesday 24th August, 2016 A court in south-central Vietnam's coastal Khanh...

Teen Vlogger Amos Yee Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, May Face Jail Time

Polemical teen vlogger Amos Yee plead guilty to charges of failing to show up to a police summons in Singapore yesterday, but still faces six charges of “wounding religious feelings” in a trial that is expected to wrap up soon. Aug 24, 2016 @ 05:23 AM Erin Hale ,  Contributor Polemical teen...

INDONESIA: Drop defamation complaints against human rights defender Haris Azhar

The Indonesian police must immediately stop the judicial harassment of KontraS Executive Director Mr. Haris Azhar, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today. Paris-Geneva, August 8, 2016 – The Indonesian police must immediately stop the judicial harassment of KontraS Executive Director Mr. Haris...

US Comments on Kem Ley’s Death

The US Department of State has released a statement offering its condolences over the death of prominent Cambodian political commentator Kem Ley and urging the government to conduct an independent investigation. Khmer Times/Taing Vida Monday, 11 July 2016 The US Department of State has released a statement offering its condolences over...

Troubled Cambodian Leadership Tested Sorely Over Beatings

A Cambodian court will rule shortly on charges brought against three military personnel who have confessed to beating two opposition politicians outside the National Assembly in October. Luke Hunt May 26, 2016 5:05 AM PHNOM PENH— A Cambodian court will rule shortly on charges brought against three military personnel who have confessed to...

Myanmar votes down ‘Rohingya’ citizenship verification

Myanmar’s parliament has voted down a powerful nationalist ethnic party’s proposal for an urgent citizenship verification process for Muslims in troubled Rakhine State, state media reported Saturday. 12:28, 21 May 2016 Saturday World Bulletin / News Desk Myanmar’s parliament has voted down a powerful nationalist ethnic party’s proposal for an urgent citizenship...

Vietnam: Blogger Transferred to Remote Prison

The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a remote prison does not comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law and standards, Civil Rights Defenders said today. 19 May 2016 | Statements | Vietnam The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a...

On Second ‘Black Monday,’ Five Protesters Arrested

Five peaceful protesters were arrested yesterday morning in Phnom Penh as they waited to join fellow activists for the second round of a “Black Monday” campaign calling for the release of four human rights workers and an election official imprisoned earlier this month. BY BEN SOKHEAN AND KHUON NARIM |...