Monthly Archives: December 2013

Empowering Burma’s New Generation of Leaders

A foundation in Thailand is taking critical steps to help inspire the new generation of women leaders in Burma. The We Women Foundation, based in Chiang Mail, is dedicated to empowering strong women from marginalized communities of Burma by providing … Continue reading

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Prison Sentences Increased For Two Burmese Farmers

On December 19th, two Kachin civilians in Burma had their sentences increased from two to seven years in jail. Lapai Gun and Brang Yung are both already serving two-year prison sentences after being convicted alongside two others under the Unlawful … Continue reading

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Replacing “Re-education Through Labor” Camps in China Doesn’t End Repression

China’s abolition of the “Re-education Through Labor” (RTL) system risks being no more than a cosmetic change, with authorities already stepping up other forms of persecution, Amnesty International said in a briefing released this week. While RTL camps are being … Continue reading

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On Anniversary of Disappearance, Lao Government Should Disclose Whereabouts of Missing Activist

The Lao government should immediately disclose the fate of prominent activist Sombath Somphone, who was apprehended at a police checkpoint in Vientiane one year ago, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The official investigation of his enforced disappearance on December 15th … Continue reading

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Activists and Bloggers Harassed in Vietnam on International Human Rights Day

Today, as the world celebrates International Human Rights Day and the 65th Anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, activists in Vietnam are facing harassments, threats, police violence and arrest simply for publicly advocating for their rights. Over … Continue reading

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Wife of Imprisoned Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Appeals to Chinese Authorities For Basic Freedom

Ms. Zeng Jinyan, a blogger and activist in Hong Kong, made public on December 3rd three requests issued by Ms. Liu Xia in relation to her house arrest in China. Liu Xia, a painter and photographer, is the wife of … Continue reading

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Authorities Must Investigate Politician’s Hit and Run Accident in Cambodia

Political considerations should not be allowed to obstruct a full investigation and possible prosecution of a senior ruling party politician by Cambodian authorities in connection with a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident that recently occurred, says Human Rights Watch. The organization … Continue reading

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