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Chinese Authorities Must Free Disappeared Booksellers

Chinese authorities must immediately release five booksellers who the government has forcibly disappeared, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The five are affiliated with the Hong Kong-based Mighty Current Media, known for publishing books critical of senior Chinese leaders. Hong Kong authorities … Continue reading

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Myanmar Must Fix New Law Granting Former Presidents Immunity

Myanmar should immediately repeal or amend a new law passed January 28th which could grant former presidents immunity for human rights violations and crimes under international law, Amnesty International says. Myanmar’s outgoing Parliament voted to pass the Former Presidents Security … Continue reading

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Kerry Must Raise Human Rights During Visit to Laos

In advance of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Southeast Asia, human rights organizations are calling for the diplomat to use his upcoming official visit to Vientiane, Laos on January 25th as an opportunity to raise important human … Continue reading

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Myanmar’s President Should Free Political Prisoners Prior to Leaving Office

  Authorities in Myanmar authorities should immediately drop all politically motivated charges against hundreds of detainees and unconditionally release them, Human Rights Watch says. The organization urged President Thein Sein to fulfill pledges he made over three years ago to … Continue reading

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Concern Over China’s First Anti-Terrorism Law

Despite international concern, China has passed its first counter-terror law. Rights groups and international governments say that draconian measures in the name of national security are being used to crack down on Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese civil society and to … Continue reading

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Chinese Forced Population Control Still Cruel Under Two Child Policy

As of January 1st, officials in China say that China will let all married couples have two children instead of one – prompting a slew of media headlines hailing that China has “ended,” “abandoned,” or “ditched” the infamous One Child … Continue reading

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Human Rights Lawyer Arrested in Vietnam, Faces 20 Years in Prison

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights condemn the arrest and arbitrary detention of Nguyen Van Dai, a human rights lawyer and well-known defender of religious freedom in Vietnam, who could … Continue reading

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Trial of Chinese Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang An Act of Political Persecution

The Chinese authorities must end their persecution of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, Amnesty International said, ahead of his trial which begins Monday in Beijing. According to his lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, 50, faces up to eight years in prison … Continue reading

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UN Security Council Must Refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court

Ahead of International Human Rights Day, Human Rights Watch says that United Nations Security Council members should express support for a referral of crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and … Continue reading

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In Myanmnar, Torture Alleged and Unfair Trial in ”Muslin Army” Case

The Myanmar government denied a fair trial to 12 Muslim men accused of receiving training from an armed group, Fortify Rights said December 6th. Myanmar authorities allegedly tortured defendants now facing trial at Aung Myay Thar San Township Court in … Continue reading

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