Monthly Archives: March 2013

North Korea Blocks Critical International Arms Trade Treaty at UN

In what Amnesty International calls a deeply cynical move, international pariah states Iran, North Korea and Syria have thwarted the adoption of an Arms Trade Treaty aimed at prohibiting states from transferring conventional weapons to countries when they know those … Continue reading

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Bail Denied For Cambodian Land Activist

Cambodian non-profit organizations today expressed their deep disappointment at the Supreme Court’s failure to release Boeung Kak land rights activist Yorm Bopha on bail. Bopha’s request was heard this morning by the Supreme Court, while some 100 community activists from … Continue reading

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UN Establishes Commission to Examine Rights Abuses in North Korea

The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) welcomed on Friday the establishment of a special three-person UN Commission of Inquiry to examine rights abuses in North Korea by the UN Human Rights Council at its … Continue reading

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In Vietnam, Youth Leader Under Investigation for Writing Articles Critical of Regime

The Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) is deeply concerned for the security of prominent Buddhist youth leader and writer Le Cong Cau who has been threatened with prosecution by Security Police after his articles criticizing the Communist Party’s policies on Buddhism and territorial … Continue reading

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Khmer Rouge Leader Dies During Genocide Trial

Khmer Rouge Tribunal proceedings must continue without unnecessary delays, Amnesty International said Thursday following the death of former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary. Ieng Sary, 87, was standing trial for alleged crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes carried … Continue reading

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Deadly Shooting at Rohingya ‘Boat People’ Must Be Investigated

Sailors from Thailand’s navy shot at ethnic Rohingya “boat people,” causing at least two deaths, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The international human rights organization said that the Thai government should immediately investigate the incident, and direct the navy to abide … Continue reading

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On International Women’s Day, a Promise to End Violence

Violence against women is the most widespread human rights violation in the world today, according to the United Nations. Up to seven in ten women have experienced violence in their lifetime. Today, UN officials today issued a call to governments … Continue reading

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An Appeal for Democracy in Vietnam

The International Buddhist Information Bureau received a Declaration by the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) on political pluralism and multi-party democracy in Vietnam. The Declaration, written on March 5th 2013, was sent clandestinely from the Thanh … Continue reading

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Rights Groups Urge Release of Cambodian Radio Chief Ahead of Appeal Hearing

The Cambodian authorities must free prisoner of conscience and government critic Mam Sonando, urge Amnesty International and other rights groups ahead of his appeal hearing Tuesday in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. The 71-year-old journalist and human rights defender was sentenced to 20 … Continue reading

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