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In Myanmar, Ongoing Offensives and Impunity for War Crimes Undermine Peace Initiative

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) says it is seriously concerned at the Tatmadaw’s recent new offensives and ongoing impunity for war crimes, which undermine the Myanmar government’s new peace initiatives. Since the new government took office in late March, the Tatmadaw … Continue reading

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China Must Drop Cases Against Rights Lawyers Facing Politically Motivated Prosecutions

The Chinese authorities should immediately drop politically motivated cases and release detained human rights lawyers Xia Lin, Zhou Shifeng and others, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Both Xia Lin, who has defended activists and victims of rights abuses in a … Continue reading

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UN Experts Urge Vietnam to End Persecution of Religious Leaders, Rights Defenders

United Nations human rights experts are calling on the government of Vietnam to stop the persecution of Ms. Tran Thi Hong, who has been repeatedly arrested and tortured as retaliation for informing the international community of human rights violations against … Continue reading

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Civil Society Calls for Repeal of New Chinese NGO Law

Twenty-six international and China-based NGOs have signed a joint letter calling on the National People’s Congress to repeal a recently adopted law which provides broad tools to the government to severely suppress the activities of independent civil society organizations in … Continue reading

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Proposed Myanmar Law Restricts Speech

Myanmar’s parliament should amend a proposed law on public protest to better protect rights to peaceful assembly and expression, Human Rights Watch said Friday. The Peaceful Processions and Peaceful Assembly Act improves upon existing Myanmar law, but retains criminal penalties … Continue reading

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“Good to Know He’s Alive!”

The family of a Chinese activist who disappeared 226 days ago in Myanmar says it is good to know he is alive, but worries for his health and security. Xing Qingxian, who has been disappeared for more than seven months … Continue reading

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In Cambodia, Civil Society Condemns Escalating Intimidation and Detention of Human Rights Defenders

Eight Cambodian human rights defenders, including four land rights activists, were arrested on May 9th 2016, as they traveled to a demonstration outside Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh. Although they were released on the same day, civil society organizations … Continue reading

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Myanmar Must Continue Efforts to Release all Remaining Prisoners of Conscience

One month after the Myanmar’s new government pledged that it would work to free all prisoners of conscience in the country, the authorities should double their efforts to ensure that no one is left behind bars for peacefully exercising their … Continue reading

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New Chinese Law Strangles Civil Society

The Chinese government’s adoption of a new draconian law on overseas NGOs will have a profoundly detrimental impact on civil society in China, say human rights groups. The law gives police unprecedented power to restrict the work of foreign groups … Continue reading

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Two New Laws in Vietnam Further Restrict Freedom of Expression

Two newly adopted laws in Vietnam add new tools to Vietnam’s arsenal of repressive legislation, just as the authorities are launching a fierce crackdown on freedom of expression in Vietnam. The amended Press Law and the new Law on Access … Continue reading

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