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Vietnam Criminalizes Peaceful Dissent Once Again

Vietnam must end the ongoing repression of peaceful dissent, repeal its repressive laws and immediately release all political prisoners, rights groups said Thursday. The call followed the imprisonment of three government critics in three days. Amnesty International, FIDH and the Vietnamese Committee for Human … Continue reading

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China Must End Evictions, Demolition of Tibetan Buddhist Centers

  Chinese authorities are reportedly forcing at least 1,000 religious adherents to withdraw from two major Tibetan Buddhist institutions, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The government should resolve genuine safety and health issues at the Buddhist institutions without infringing on … Continue reading

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Rights Groups: Obama Should Ask “Where is Sombath?” During Laos Visit

Rights groups are demanding that US Barack Obama ask the Lao authorities for a renewed investigation into the whereabouts of missing Lao civil society activist Sombath Somphone, who disappeared in December 2012 and who has not been heard from since. … Continue reading

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China: Stop Enforced Disappearances

For the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which the United Nations observes every August 30th, the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) urges the Chinese government to end the use of enforced disappearance to persecute those … Continue reading

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Myanmar Government Must Ensure Women’s Participation in Peace Talks

Myanmar’s government and ethnic armed groups should ensure that women meaningfully participate in efforts to end the country’s longstanding armed conflicts, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released Thursday. The government should also make women’s rights a priority … Continue reading

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New Report Urges Myanmar Government to Address Displaced Refugees

Three civil society organizations have released a joint report, titled Invisible Lives: The Untold Story of Displacement in Burma, underlying the ongoing challenges facing displaced ethnic communities in Myanmar. The report highlights the case of Mon refugees who were repatriated … Continue reading

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Civil Society Launches #Freethe5KH Campaign in Support of Imprisoned Rights Defenders

Civil society has launched a campaign in support of the five Cambodian human rights defenders, who are currently in pre-trial detention and under judicial investigation for allegations of bribery. The five face charges in regard to providing advice and legitimate … Continue reading

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In Laos, Three Human Rights Activists Held Incommunicado

Three Lao human rights activists have been arrested in March 2016 in circumstances that may constitute enforced disappearances, says Amnesty International. They remain in incommunicado detention since they appeared on national television on May 25th in a report that confirmed … Continue reading

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Chinese Human rights Lawyer Wang Yu Released on Bail Following Confession

On August 1st 2016 a videotaped confession of Chinese human rights defender Wang Yu was circulated on Chinese state media websites in which she states that she has been released on bail. Wang Yu had been in detention since July … Continue reading

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In Vietnam, Attacks on Political Activists, Rights Defenders Must Be Investigated

Three recent attacks on people who have been deliberately knocked off their motorbikes appear to be part of a wider series of attacks against political activists, human rights defenders and their relatives. Amnesty International urges the Vietnamese authorities to immediately … Continue reading

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