Monthly Archives: March 2014

Legislation to Restrict Inter-faith Marriage in Burma is Dangerous

Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have joined growing calls on fellow legislators in Burma to vote down a proposed law that would restrict inter-faith marriage in the country. The discriminatory draft law is in direct conflict with international treaties on … Continue reading

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“Disturbing Level of Secrecy Around Executions” in Asia

In its annual review of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International found that the Asia Pacific region saw a disturbing level of secrecy around executions in 2013. In several countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, authorities flaunted … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping Continues Information Crackdown As He Visits France

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is condemning China’s increasing harassment of journalists and bloggers as Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a three-day official visit to France Tuesday. China’s growing intimidation methods towards journalists and its mistreatment of cyber-dissidents and activists who … Continue reading

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A View of Life Inside North Korea’s Gulag

Last month, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea documented in great detail the “unspeakable atrocities” committed in that country in a massive report culled from first-hand testimony from victims and … Continue reading

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Vietnam Must Stop Prosecution of Blogger

All charges against Vietnamese blogger Pham Viet Dao should be dropped, and he must be released immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Pham Viet Dao, 62, was arrested on June 13th 2013, in Hanoi, for allegedly violating Vietnam … Continue reading

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Chinese Website Founder Detained in “Concerted Campaign of Intimidation”

The Chinese authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the founder of a human rights website who has been detained following a police raid on his home, Amnesty International said Thursday, calling the arrest an effort by the Chinese authorities to … Continue reading

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Female Prisoners in Cambodia Need More Rehabilitation Opportunities

On the occasion of  International Women’s Day, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) called on prison authorities to offer female prisoners, particularly female juvenile prisoners, a broader range of rehabilitation opportunities to build confidence … Continue reading

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Growing Humanitarian Health Crisis in Rakhine State, Burma

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) recently received a written order from the Burmese government to cease all operations in the country, which led to a full closure of all Dutch MSF clinics. This act left patients confused and desperately concerned across … Continue reading

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Yet Another Blogger Imprisoned in Vietnam for Criticizing Rights Situation

Vietnam has one of the fastest growing Internet populations in Asia. Scores of human rights defenders and cyber-dissidents are currently serving long prison sentences or awaiting trial in Vietnam. On Tuesday morning, a court in Danang, central Vietnam, sentenced prominent … Continue reading

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