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Vietnamese Activist Finalist for International Human Rights Award

  After spending four years in prison for publicizing grave human rights violations in Vietnam, blogger Pham Thanh Nghien has been named as one of five finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. … Continue reading

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Police DNA Database Threatens Privacy in China

In China, police are collecting DNA from individuals for a nationally searchable database without oversight, transparency or privacy protections, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Evidence suggests that the regional government in Xinjiang, an ethnic minority region with a history of … Continue reading

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Police Threaten and Harass Buddhist and Youth Activists in Vietnam

Members of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) and its affiliated Buddhist Youth Movement were subjected to threats, harassments and police interrogations as they organized celebrations of Vesak Day (Birth of Buddha) in the ancient capital of Hue, central … Continue reading

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Cambodian Workers Rally for Rights on International Labor Day

In Cambodia,  a group of over 1500 trade unionists, workers, farmers, tuk tuk drivers and youth rallied in central Phnom Penh to celebrate International Labor Day and call for respect for workers’ rights, freedom of association, freedom of expression and … Continue reading

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Media Freedom Threatened Worldwide, Warns Reporters Without Borders

Media freedom has never been so threatened, warns Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index released April 26th. The research reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace, shows an increase in … Continue reading

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China Must Release Taiwanese Democracy Activist

Longtime Taiwanese democracy activist Li Ming-Che should be immediately released by Chinese authorities, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Li Ming-Che, 42, has been detained for a month on suspicion of endangering China’s national security. Chinese national security laws allow the … Continue reading

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China Leads World in Executions, Lacks Transparency

China executed more than all other countries in the world put together, Amnesty International said in its 2016 global review of the death penalty published Tuesday. China’s horrifying use of the death penalty remains one of the country’s deadly secrets, … Continue reading

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Human Rights Lawyer Victim of Death Threats in Myanmar

Human rights lawyer Robert Sann Aung has been receiving death threats and insulting messages since the assassination of another prominent lawyer in Myanmar. The authorities must take immediate steps to ensure Robert Sann Aung’s safety, investigate the threats and to … Continue reading

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Religious Freedom on Attack in China as Tibetan Buddhists Face Demolitions, Expulsions

Chinese authorities’ strategy of demolitions, expulsions, threats and restrictions on religious practice is clear-cut evidence of an attack on religious freedom as a major Tibetan Buddhist institution faces further demolitions. Chinese officials announced on March 12th 2017, that 3,225 homes at … Continue reading

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Civil Society Demands Independent Investigation into Murder of Cambodian Activist

  In Cambodia on Thursday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted Oeuth Ang – otherwise known as ‘Chuob Samlab’ – of the premeditated murder of prominent political analyst Dr. Kem Ley as well as illegal possession of a weapon … Continue reading

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