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Student Leader Convicted for Facebook Post Released in Cambodia

Cambodian student political prisoner Kong Raya was released from CC1 prison on Wednesday after serving his full 18 month prison sentence for “incitement to commit a felony” under Articles 494 and 495 of Cambodia’s criminal code. The 25-year-old former President … Continue reading

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Vietnam Joins Ranks of World’s Worst Executioners

Vietnam executed a total of 429 prisoners between August 2013 and June 2016 according to a report published by the Ministry of Public Security in Vietnam. With this figure, Vietnam now ranks fifth on a list of the world’s worst … Continue reading

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North Korea Must End Forced Child Labor

The North Korean government must immediately stop exploiting children by forcing them to work, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The human rights organization released its submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, detailing forced labor … Continue reading

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Cambodia Should Drop Politically Motivated Investigation of Human Rights Defenders

Cambodian authorities should immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation of human rights defenders Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak, human rights groups said Tuesday. The two human rights defenders have been summoned as suspects in relation to violence that occurred … Continue reading

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Assassination of Human Rights Lawyer a Tragedy for Myanmar

Human rights organizations condemn the killing of a prominent human rights lawyer at Yangon International Airport in Myanmar. U Ko Ni was a lawyer and legal adviser to the National League for Democracy, the ruling party led by Aung San … Continue reading

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Rights Groups Condemn Arrests of Three Activist Bloggers in Vietnam

Rights groups are condemning the arrests of three bloggers and citizen journalists in the past few days in the run-up to the Vietnamese New Year, known as the Tet, and call for their immediate release and the withdrawal of all … Continue reading

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China Must Drop Charges Against Tibetan Education Activist

A Tibetan shopkeeper who has publicly supported education in the Tibetan language faces a 15-year sentence for promoting minority language. Human Rights Watch says the Chinese authorities should drop the politically motivated case against Tashi Wangchuk immediately. A trial is … Continue reading

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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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