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New Chinese Law Strangles Civil Society

The Chinese government’s adoption of a new draconian law on overseas NGOs will have a profoundly detrimental impact on civil society in China, say human rights groups. The law gives police unprecedented power to restrict the work of foreign groups … Continue reading

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Two New Laws in Vietnam Further Restrict Freedom of Expression

Two newly adopted laws in Vietnam add new tools to Vietnam’s arsenal of repressive legislation, just as the authorities are launching a fierce crackdown on freedom of expression in Vietnam. The amended Press Law and the new Law on Access … Continue reading

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As Ferry Boat Carrying Rohingya Sinks in Myanmar, NLD Must Lift Aid Restrictions in Arakan State

On Tuesday, April 19th a ferry boat with 65 Rohingya passengers including men, women, children and babies, sank at the entrance of the Thay Choung river in Myanmar. According to the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, 15 Rohingya passengers died, about … Continue reading

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Tibetan Education Advocate Detained in China for “Inciting Separatism”

A young Tibetan who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. Tashi Wangchuk, 30, has been detained by the Chinese authorities since January 27th 2016, in Yushu, … Continue reading

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In Vietnam, Seven Bloggers and Activists Sentenced in One Week

During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven bloggers and rights activists and sentenced them to prison. The Vietnam government should immediately free these prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch says. “Vietnam … Continue reading

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Myanmar Should End Restrictions Against Rohingya

The Myanmar government should promptly end abusive restrictions against ethnic Rohingya and other Muslims, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. On March 29th 2016, the day before Myanmar’s transfer of power to a new government, outgoing President Thein Sein ordered the lifting … Continue reading

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Two Vietnamese Bloggers Jailed for “Abusing Democratic Freedoms”

Rights groups are strongly condemning a Hanoi court’s sentencing Wednesday of two Vietnamese bloggers to prison terms on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms.” In a one-day trial, Hanoi’s People’s Court sentenced Nguyen Huu Vinh, founder of the news website and … Continue reading

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UN Must Seek Justice for Forced Labor Victims in North Korea

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states should protect victims of forced labor and focus on Pyongyang accountability for rights abuses by creating a panel of experts to devise a comprehensive strategy to address decades of impunity in North … Continue reading

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Getting Away With Rape in Cambodia

To mark International Women’s Day, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) is releasing a new audio book and summary audio clip titled Getting Away With It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia’s Justice System. … Continue reading

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China Must Reform Laws That Undermine Rights

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should reject or revise laws that undermine domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said Friday in a letter to NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang. The NPC, the highest organ of state power in … Continue reading

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