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North Korea Lacks Allies While Deplorable Rights Record Is On Display

As officials in Moscow confirm that a North Korean leader plans to visit Russia in May, Human Rights Watch says that Kim Jong-Un and senior members of his government should be held accountable for overseeing grave rights abuses and crimes against humanity. … Continue reading

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New Charges Against Peaceful Protesters in Myanmar

On January 20th, a new charge was brought against six human rights defenders in Myanmar for staging an unauthorized protest in violation of Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law. They have been charged with various offenses, … Continue reading

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Laos Must Immediately Act on Human Rights, End Disappearances

The government of Laos should take the opportunity to pledge concrete measures to address its pervasive human rights problems as the United Nations Human Rights Council reviews that country’s record, rights groups say. Laos will appear for the country’s second … Continue reading

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EU Must Pressure Vietnam on Human Rights During Upcoming Dialogue

The European Union (EU) should use upcoming talks with Vietnam to demand that Hanoi urgently address serious human rights violations, rights groups said Friday. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) made the … Continue reading

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Myanmar Must Amend Citizenship Law, End Discrimination Against Rohingya Muslims

The government of Myanmar should comply with the United Nations’ call to allow Rohingya Muslims to be citizens, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. In a letter to President Thein Sein, the human rights organization expressed serious concerns about the treatment … Continue reading

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Facebook Under Fire for Deleting Tibetan Video

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) says that Facebook is denying Tibetans the right to be heard by banning videos posted by Tibetans to the social media site. Facebook came under fire January 2nd when the ICT launched a petition … Continue reading

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Chinese Scholar Who Helped Chen Guangcheng Escape Formally Arrested

Chinese scholar and human rights defender Guo Yushan was formally arrested on charges of “illegal business activity” in Beijing on January 3rd. Guo Yushan was instrumental in aiding blind activist Chen Guangcheng to escape from brutal house arrest in 2012 … Continue reading

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On Veng Sreng Anniversary, Still Waiting for Justice in Cambodia

On the one year anniversary of the state violence which led to the deaths of at least four men and the hospitalization of dozens in early January 2014 in Cambodia, the disappearance of a teenage boy and the wrongful imprisonment … Continue reading

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Relentless Repression of Independent Voices Continues in Vietnam

The upheld convictions and jail sentences of three human rights defenders in Vietnam on trumped-up charges is the latest act of the government’s relentless repression of independent voices and a shameful example of a failed judiciary, rights groups say. An … Continue reading

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‘China’s Youngest Prisoner of Conscience’ Granted Asylum in United States

On International Human Rights Day, some good news: Anni and Ruli Zhang have been granted political asylum in the United States. Detained overnight as a 10-year-old, Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.” She and her older sister, … Continue reading

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