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Refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court

On the eve of international human rights day, advocacy groups urged member states of the United Nations Security Council to refer the cases of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity in North Korea to the International Criminal Court … Continue reading

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China’s Secretive Detention System Relies on Solitary Confinement, Torture

The Chinese government must immediately abolish a secretive detention system used to coerce confessions from corruption suspects, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday in a new report. The 102 page report details abuses against shuanggui detainees, including prolonged sleep deprivation, being forced into … Continue reading

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Myanmar Must End Prosecutions For Criticizing Government

Myanmar authorities continue to arrest and charge individuals, including members of the ruling party, for criticizing the military and government, Human Rights Watch said Monday. On November 18th 2016, National League for Democracy (NLD) member Myo Yan Naung Thein was charged with … Continue reading

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Reporters Without Borders Calls For Release Of Two Leading Journalists in Myanmar

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Myanmar judicial system to drop criminal defamation proceedings against two leading journalists who have been held since November 11th over an editorial suggesting that Rangoon region chief minister Phyo Min Thein took a … Continue reading

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China’s Counter Terrorism Law Represses Human Rights

China’s new counter terrorism law represses human rights and does not prevent terror, rights groups warn. In a report released Wednesday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) highlight the serious human rights … Continue reading

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Prison Reforms Should Respect Human Rights in Myanmar

Myanmar’s government should introduce key reforms to put prison legislation in line with international human rights standards, taking the opportunity to break with its grim past where prisoners were subject to torture and appalling conditions, a new briefing from Amnesty … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Activists Face Harassment and Threats

Three human rights defenders engaged in activism relating to an ecological disaster in Vietnam are facing severe harassment, including public denunciations, prosecution and death threats, according to Amnesty International. They could be arrested for “conducting propaganda” against the state. Since … Continue reading

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Laos: Release Imprisoned Student Leaders

The Lao government must immediately and unconditionally release two former pro-democracy student leaders who have been arbitrarily detained for 17 years and disclose the fate or whereabouts of two others, rights groups said Wednesday. Thongpaseuth Keuakoun and Sengaloun Phengphanh were … Continue reading

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Myanmar Must Lift Restrictions on Humanitarian Aid

The Myanmar government and army must urgently lift restrictions preventing access to humanitarian aid in Rakhine and Kachin states, rights groups say. Government security operations have cut off assistance to tens of thousands of people and forced many to flee … Continue reading

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Jailed Uyghur Intellectual Wins Prominent Human Rights Award

Jailed Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti is the winner of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award Laureate for Human Rights Defenders. Currently serving a life sentence in China for separatism, Ilham Tohti has worked for two decades to foster dialogue and understanding … Continue reading

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