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An Important Victory for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

An important step towards strengthening human rights protection was made in Brussels when the European Parliament adopted a resolution regarding the state of play of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Vietnam … Continue reading

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In China, Four More New Citizens Movement Advocates Convicted

Four citizen activists involved in public calls for high-ranking officials to reveal their assets in 2013 have each been found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.” Two of them — Ding Jiaxi and Zhao … Continue reading

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Release of Netizens in Vietnam Not Enough

Human rights organizations on Monday welcomed the early release of several prisoners of conscience in Vietnam, but say that the act serves to highlight the situation of scores of others who remain jailed for peacefully expressing their opinions. The release … Continue reading

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Health Concerns for Vietnamese Blogger While in Continued Detention

Vietnamese human rights defender and blogger Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang is held in continued detention at An Binh prison in Cao Lanh city; her health and on-going detention are of serious concern to human rights organizations. Bui Thi Minh … Continue reading

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Prominent Chinese Rights Lawyers Claim They Were Tortured

The Chinese government should investigate four prominent human rights lawyers’ claims that they were tortured by police officers while in detention, Human Rights Watch said Monday. After being released from administrative detention on Sunday, the lawyers made public the torture they … Continue reading

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Legislation to Restrict Inter-faith Marriage in Burma is Dangerous

Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have joined growing calls on fellow legislators in Burma to vote down a proposed law that would restrict inter-faith marriage in the country. The discriminatory draft law is in direct conflict with international treaties on … Continue reading

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“Disturbing Level of Secrecy Around Executions” in Asia

In its annual review of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International found that the Asia Pacific region saw a disturbing level of secrecy around executions in 2013. In several countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, authorities flaunted … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping Continues Information Crackdown As He Visits France

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is condemning China’s increasing harassment of journalists and bloggers as Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a three-day official visit to France Tuesday. China’s growing intimidation methods towards journalists and its mistreatment of cyber-dissidents and activists who … Continue reading

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A View of Life Inside North Korea’s Gulag

Last month, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea documented in great detail the “unspeakable atrocities” committed in that country in a massive report culled from first-hand testimony from victims and … Continue reading

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Vietnam Must Stop Prosecution of Blogger

All charges against Vietnamese blogger Pham Viet Dao should be dropped, and he must be released immediately and unconditionally, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Pham Viet Dao, 62, was arrested on June 13th 2013, in Hanoi, for allegedly violating Vietnam … Continue reading

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