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UN Rights Expert To Assess Human Rights Situation in Myanmar

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will undertake her fifth information-gathering visit to the country from January 9 to 20th. Ms. Lee plans to visit Kachin State  and Rakhine State, in addition to … Continue reading

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Chinese Lawyer Held Incommunicado At Risk For Torture

Chinese authorities confirm that Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, last heard from on November 21st 2016, has been placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. His whereabouts remain unknown and, … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Protect Civilians in Northern Fighting, Ensure Aid

Military and ethnic armed groups in northern Myanmar should commit to protecting civilians and expediting aid in the face of escalating rights abuses and civilian displacement, Human Rights Watch says. On December 17th Myanmar army forces captured a key stronghold … Continue reading

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Chinese Activist Arrested For ‘’Leaking State Secrets’’

Huang Qi, founder of Sichuan-based website 64 Tianwang, who has not been heard from since he was taken away on November 28th, has been formally arrested for “leaking state secrets”, according to Amnesty International. He still does not have access to … Continue reading

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Overhaul of Police Law Needed to Curb Abuses in China

The Chinese government should significantly revise the country’s draft Police Law to bring it into conformity with international standards, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in a submission to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. “Police abuses caught on tape … Continue reading

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In Landmark Decision, UN Body Declares Detention of Five Cambodian Human Rights Defenders Arbitrary

In a landmark decision, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has recognized the arbitrary nature of the detention of human rights defenders Ny Chakrya, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda and Lim Mony. Human rights organizations welcomed … Continue reading

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On Fourth Anniversary of Enforced Disappearance, Where is Sombath Somphone?

On the fourth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, civil society groups are condemning the Lao government’s ongoing failure to adequately investigate Sombath’s disappearance. The Lao government has made no progress accounting for … Continue reading

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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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