Monthly Archives: September 2011

Thai Prime Minister to Visit Burma Next Week as Thailand’s Rights Record Goes Under Review

Newly-sworn in Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Burma next Wednesday, according to Thai news sources. This is her first trip to the neighboring country since taking office on August 10. She is the first female prime minister in … Continue reading

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UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia Urges Authorities to Stop the Current Draft NGO Law

In Geneva today, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Cambodian Government to carefully review a draft law that may hamper the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia. “The Government of Cambodia should not proceed with … Continue reading

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Grim Tales From The North Korean Gulag

In moving testimony recalling their lives spent in North Korean prison camps, two North Korean defectors called on the United States to act to end human rights abuses in North Korea before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee this week. The hearing took … Continue reading

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Brave Vietnamese Writers Honored for Commitment to Rights

This week, Human Rights Watch awarded forty-eight writers from 24 countries 2011 Hellman/Hammett grants for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution. Included in the diverse group are 28 winners from Asia, including eight … Continue reading

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Renowned Chinese Writer and Musician-in Exile Makes Debut U.S. Appearance Tonight

This evening, the Pen American Center and The New School will host Chinese author and musician Liao Yiwu, one of China’s most exciting and most censored writers, in his first U.S. appearance. PEN President Kwame Anthony Appiah notes, “As it gets harder … Continue reading

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“A New Consciousness” Needed To Address Human Rights: The Asia Pacific Forum’s Conference Opens In Bangkok Today

Respect for human dignity is central to human rights, but rarely found in current times, Dr. Prawese Wasi observed in Bangkok today during the opening remarks of the Asia Pacific Forum’s Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference. Dr. Prawese, Chair of … Continue reading

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Cambodia’s Rural Poor at Great Risk From Climate Change, Warns UN Report

Cambodia is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to to its high levels of poverty and lack of infrastructure to cope with natural disasters and other longer-term effects of climate change. But by increasing society’s capacity to … Continue reading

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