Monthly Archives: August 2012

Disappearances and Dissent

The United Nations marked the second annual International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30th, stating that the practice of enforced disappearances in which citizens of a State are deliberately vanished to never be seen again is … Continue reading

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Prominent Rights Lawyer’s Passport Confiscated in Burma

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) on Thursday wrote to the government of Burma calling for them to return the confiscated passport to a prominent human rights lawyer. The Hong Kong based organization believes that the confiscation of U Aung … Continue reading

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As U.S. Ambassador Meets With Buddhist Patriarch in Vietnam, Security Forces Beat Buddhist Monks

The U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, David Shear recently visited Thich Quang Do, the leader of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam  (UBCV) and 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery in Ho Chi Minh City. On the same day, … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defender Intimidated in Cambodia, Faces One to Three Years Imprisonment

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint program of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), is asking for urgent intervention in Cambodia on behalf of human rights defender … Continue reading

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Draft Agricultural Land Law Threatens Property Ownership Rights in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has quietly released a draft agricultural land law could be used as legal cover for land-grabbing and natural resource exploitation, warns the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO). The organization and its … Continue reading

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Chinese Activist Held Incommunicado Charged With Inciting Subversion of State Power

Amnesty International just updated their website alerts to confirm that 62 year-old Chinese human rights activist Zhu Chengzhi has been formally charged with “inciting subversion of state power” after being detained on June 9th along with several other activists, for publicly questioning … Continue reading

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Cambodian Woman Suing Phnom Penh Police and Government For Inflicting Intentional Violence

Today several Cambodian civil society organizations, including the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, called for the dismissal of Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Phuong Malay for what they call his “his unacceptable, facetious and offensive reaction” to the lawsuit taken … Continue reading

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In Burma, Amnesty and Release for A Young Engineer Falsely Accused of Bomb Attack

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the release from prison today of Phyo Wai Aung on an amnesty. Mr. Phyo is a young engineer falsely accused, imprisoned and allegedly tortured over the April 2010 bombing attack that killed 10 people, seriously … Continue reading

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