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Timeline of harassment of opposition MPs, members, and supporters

Over the past nine months, members, supporters, and elected representatives of Cambodia’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), as well as the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), have faced increasing harassment, attacks, arbitrary arrests, and imprisonment. Released in April 2016 Over the past nine months, members, supporters, and elected...

Bersih chief barred from leaving M’sia, can’t accept S Korean award

"No explanation given except that it was Putrajaya's instructions," he said in a text message to Malaysiakini. Alyaa Azhar 15 May 2016, PM 10:41 Electoral watchdog Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah will not be able to accept the Gwangju Prize Human Rights Award in South Korea on the coalition's behalf because she...

Cambodia: ICJ calls for halt to prosecutorial and judicial harassment of human rights defenders and political opponents

The ICJ is deeply concerned at the recent legal harassment of several Cambodian human rights defenders and perceived political opponents, which raises serious questions as to the impartiality of the investigators, prosecutors and judges involved. 9 May 2016 The ICJ is deeply concerned at the recent legal harassment of several Cambodian...

Vietnamese Democracy Activist Wins Prestigious South Korean Human Rights Award

Vietnamese democracy activist, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, is the 2016 co-recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Saigon, Vietnam – 4 May 2016 Vietnamese democracy activist, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, is the 2016 co-recipient of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Dr. Nguyen Dan Que is the first Vietnamese winner...

Wife of jailed Vietnamese human rights activist comes to U.S. with a plea

Vu Minh Khanh, wife of famed human rights activist Nguyen Van Dai — beaten and imprisoned by the communist government in Hanoi — is determined that the American public and others "outside our community ... know his work, his cause." Anh Do  Reporter Her food's waiting — sizzling onion steak and...

General Locals fear for safety after southern activist shooting

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) needs to step up efforts to solve land disputes to avoid further attacks on community-based human rights defenders, Surat Thani land rights activists say. Activists urge Alro to solve land rows 12 Apr 2016 at 04:00 | NEWSPAPER SECTION: NEWS | WRITER: ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT The Agricultural...

Thailand: Drop Defamation Charges Against Human Rights Defenders Opposing Gold Mine

Gold-mining company Tungkum Ltd. should immediately and unconditionally drop all defamation-related charges against six human rights defenders allegedly involved in erecting anti-gold-mining signs in Thailand’s Loei Province, Fortify Rights said today.  End the use of defamation, judicial harassment to silence critics (Bangkok, March 30, 2016)—Gold-mining company Tungkum Ltd. should immediately and...

Defender profile: Teo Soh Lung from Singapore

We thought, as lawyers we should assist the Government by commenting on bills. Singapore was a one party State at this time. However, the Government did not want to hear our opinions and soon afterwards a law was passed which restricted our right to comment on bills Teo Soh Lung,...

Activists in Thailand face threat of violence, death

Between 2011 and 2013, more than 200 violent acts were perpetrated against them. Vocal community leaders and activists report getting anonymous phone calls threatening violence, or being watched by suspicious characters. Published Jan 4, 2016, 5:00 am SGT Four have been killed within five years; many say they were being watched or...

Malaysia: Drop Dubious Case Against Rights Activist

“The Malaysian authorities should drop these charges and put an end to the politically motivated prosecution of Lena Hendry,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director December 11, 2015 Rights Groups Call on Government to Stop Censoring Films (Bangkok) – Malaysian authorities should immediately drop charges under the Film Censorship Act against rights...