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As Conflict in Myanmar Continues, Refugees Face Increased Uncertainty

Many refugees who have fled Burma due to ongoing conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses, mark World Refugee Day on June 20th with a sense of uncertainty and anxiety towards their future. This year, as the rainy season begins, refugees … Continue reading

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Two Chinese Activists Detained in Escalating Crackdown

Chinese human rights defenders Guo Bin and Yang Zhanqing were detained on the evening of June 12th in Guangdong province by Guangdong police acting in coordination with state security officers from Beijing and Henan Province. They seized the two activists … Continue reading

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Engaging in Commerce Brings Abuse and Arrests in North Korea

In North Korea, authorities arbitrarily arrest, unfairly prosecute and severely mistreat people for conducting private business activity with punishments varying with bribes and connections, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The North Korean government should amend its criminal code to abolish … Continue reading

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Rights Groups Demand Accountability for Tiananmen Square Victims

Ahead of the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, rights groups say the Chinese government should finally acknowledge and take responsibility for the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in June 1989. Human Rights Watch says authorities should release activists jailed … Continue reading

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Myanmar’s New Population Control Law a Blow to Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom

As Myanmar’s President recently signed a population control bill, rights groups caution that the new law entrenches already widespread discrimination and risks fueling further violence against religious minorities. On Saturday President Thein Sein signed off on the law which requires a … Continue reading

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Threats to Internet Freedom in Cambodia

Since coming to power, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has controlled and censored traditional media outlets. Government controlled broadcast licenses have systematically been denied to independent broadcasters while journalists have been threatened, prosecuted, jailed, and in some cases murdered … Continue reading

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Rescue Needed for Thousands of Rohingya Fleeing the Threat of Genocide on Boats in Southeast Asia

As an estimated 8,000-20,000 Rohingya are adrift at sea, United to End Genocide, a U.S. based human rights advocacy group, calls on the Obama administration to take immediate action to help rescue them. Thousands of Rohingya are floating in the … Continue reading

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Prominent Dissident in Vietnam

Members of the U.S. Congress visited Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Patriarch of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) on Monday at the Thanh Minh Zen Monastery inHo Chi Minh City where he has been held under … Continue reading

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Vietnam Police Harass Independent Journalist on Vietnam War Anniversary

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands that Vietnamese police stop harassing independent journalist Pham Chi Dung and his family, whose Ho Chi Minh City home was surrounded Thursday by police officers. The Vietnamese authorities have gone out of their way to … Continue reading

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Final “Free the 19″ Detainees Released By Cambodian Supreme Court on Bail

The last of the “Free the 19’’ detainees was released on bail this morning in Cambodia following a decision by the Supreme Court. Ly Seav Minh spent more than five months in pre-trial detention at Prey Sar’s CC2 prison after … Continue reading

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