Monthly Archives: October 2012

Protest Singers Sentenced to Harsh Prison Sentences in Vietnam

The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights strongly condemns the harsh sentences imposed on two Vietnamese singers and songwriters at an unfair trial at the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court today. Vo Minh Tri, known as Viet Khang and Tran Vu Anh Binh (Hoang Nhat Thong) … Continue reading

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Escalating Violence in Burma Underscores Government’s Failure to Protect Minorities and to Prevent Ethnic Cleansing

Renewed communal violence in Arakan State has exposed the Burmese government’s failure to stop ethnic cleansing, protect minority groups and implement reforms to address the root causes of human rights violations targeting these groups, said the International Federation for Human … Continue reading

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China Must End Unlawful Practice of House Arrest and Free Hu Jia

The Chinese government should end the unlawful house arrest of the prominent activist Hu Jia, says Human Rights Watch (HRW). In recent weeks, Hu Jia has been prevented from leaving his home for even essential functions except for getting medical care, a … Continue reading

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Cambodia’s Rejection by United Nations is a Signal to Improve Human Rights

In response to Cambodia’s unsuccessful bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) says that the country should take the rejection as a signal to improve human rights. “UN Member States made … Continue reading

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Air Force Officer Allegedly Tortured, Sentenced to 20 Years’ Imprisonment Without Access to Fair Trial

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is calling for the release of an air force officer in Burma who is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence for posting articles online critical of the armed forces. Ne Lynn Dwe was taken … Continue reading

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Eliminating Child Marriages Should Be a Key Political Priority

As the world celebrates the first International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th 2012, eliminating child marriages should be a key political priority for governments to protect the rights of girls and women, say Human Rights Watch. Nearly half … Continue reading

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During His Mission to Promote World Peace, the Dalai Lama Advises Caution After Chinese Leadership Transition

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at the Common Ground for Peace Forum in Syracuse, New York today and called for cautious optimism for Tibet’s future in the next several months as China undergoes leadership transition in Beijing; Vice President … Continue reading

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Rights Groups Condemn Politically Motivated Sentence Against Cambodia Radio Chief

Calling the verdict a ”serious blow to freedom of expression and judicial independence,” The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), strongly condemns the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia for its conviction of independent radio station owner Mam … Continue reading

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