Monthly Archives: September 2013

Recent Prosecution of Human Rights Defenders in Burma a Step Back from Reforms

In a number of recent appeals and statements, the Asian Human Rights Commission has pointed to the persistent pursuit and prosecution by the police and local authorities in Burma  of human rights defenders under draconian legislation both old and new. The organization says … Continue reading

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Burmese Land Activist Faces Multiple Charges, Imprisonment

According to updated information from the Burmese organization Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), former political prisoner and community leader Ko Htin Kyaw is currently facing multiple charges as a result of his human rights work for participating in a … Continue reading

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UN Commission Says Widespread, Unspeakable Atrocities Are Happening in North Korea

The United Nations Commission charged with investigating human rights abuses in North Korea reported Tuesday that there is ‘’systematic, widespread and serious abuse’’ occurring. Testimony heard so far by the Commission pointed to “unspeakable atrocities” in detention camps. Systematic and … Continue reading

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As Criminalization of Free Expression on the Internet Rises in Southeast Asia, NGOs Unite

As concerns grow in Southeast Asia over the use of national security, anti-terrorist and defamation laws to limit freedom of expression on the Internet, a coalition of international and local NGOs and activists from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia urged governments … Continue reading

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Independent Inquiry Needed To Address Cambodia’s Election Fraud

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) failed to address widespread and credible allegations of voter fraud, other irregularities and systematic unfairness in the July 2012 election process, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday. The NEC, controlled by the Cambodian government, announced … Continue reading

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A Call for the Release of Women Activists in Burma

The Women’s Initiative Network for Peace (WIN-Peace) is calling for the immediate release of Naw Ohn Hla and nine other women who were arrested following a peaceful protest against the Letpadaung copper mine in Monywa, Sagaing Region, Burma on August … Continue reading

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Crackdown on Dissent in China Escalates

The Chinese government has undertaken a nationwide crackdown on dissent in an apparent campaign against perceived challenges to one-party rule, says Human Rights Watch. Since February 2013 the government has arbitrarily detained at least 55 activists; taken into custody critics … Continue reading

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