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In Vietnam, Buddhist New Year Calendar Confiscated For Being “Anti-state Document”

A Buddhist New Year calendar is an “anti-State” document according to authorities in Vietnam. The Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) says that a young Buddhist monk, the Venerable Thich Minh Nghia, was intercepted and harassed by a group of … Continue reading

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Judicial Harassment Continues Against Luon Sovath Ahead of Trial

Judicial harassment is continuing against Luon Sovath, a Buddhist monk from Siem Reap, Cambodia, according to rights groups. Venerable Luon Sovath is a human rights defender who faces ongoing harassment from the authorities for his work with communities struggling against … Continue reading

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As China Attempts to Shape Global Web Rules, Internet Freedom Faces New Attacks

Ahead of China’s first World Internet Conference, Amnesty International said today that the Chinese government’s increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that Internet freedom is under a sustained attack. The event, which takes place in … Continue reading

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World Leaders Should Demand Release Of Chinese Activists

World leaders gathering Monday in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit should urge China to release dozens of mainland activists detained for peacefully supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, Amnesty International says. During the past month, Chinese police have detained … Continue reading

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Is North Korea Willing To Discuss Human Rights?

North Korea is waging a diplomatic counter-offensive to divert international support from an upcoming United Nations General Assembly resolution recommending referring the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). For the past ten years, the … Continue reading

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Disappeared Chinese Human Rights Defender Placed In Criminal Detention

A Chinese human rights defender whose whereabouts have been unknown since her disappearance on October 1st in Beijing has been placed in criminal detention on the charge of “causing trouble.” On October 23rd, human rights defender Liu Xizhen was charged … Continue reading

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Two Year Jail Sentences for Media Workers in Myanmar

Five media workers have been sentenced to two years in prison in Myanmar over the publication of a news story. Rights groups say they are prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression and that … Continue reading

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Documentary Follows Victims of Khmer Rouge

As the second trial of Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea reopened Friday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) released a documentary which tells the story of three Cambodian women living in France who travel to Phnom Penh on August … Continue reading

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Cambodian Investigative Journalist Victim Of “Cold Blooded Murder”

Cambodian journalist Taing Try was shot dead Sunday in Cambodia while investigating the illegal logging in the southern province of Kratie along with five other journalists. Three suspects have been arrested. Rights organizations are appalled by the act and calling … Continue reading

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The World Bank Group Must Tackle Rights Abuses When Engaging With Myanmar

The World Bank Group (WBG) should act to overcome Myanmar’s major human rights problems in its new strategy for the country, Human Rights Watch said Monday. In a submission to the bank, the organization highlights key issues including rights violations … Continue reading

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