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Cambodian Villagers Conditionally Released Ahead Of Trial

Late Friday afternoon in Cambodia, five Lor Peang community members who were arrested and detained in the last month were provisionally released by the Investigating Judge of Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court. Three of the villagers were arrested during a 47 … Continue reading

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Sentencing In Vietnam A Shameful Example Of A Failed Judiciary

The arbitrary imprisonment of three human rights defenders on trumped up charges makes a mockery of Vietnam’s human rights commitments and obligations, rights groups said Wednesday. “Eight months after being elected to the UN Human Rights Council, Vietnam continues its … Continue reading

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In Burma, Judicial and Police Reform Needed Urgently

In Burma, there has been a string of attacks by the police on farmers and other civilians in recent weeks. On August 14th, police in the Mandalay Region shot at a group of around 200 farmers from Nyaung Wine Village in Singu … Continue reading

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Rights Groups Urge EU To Consider Human Rights During Trade Negotiations

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organization Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (VCHR) have filed a complaint in Brussels to request that the European Union Ombudsman address the European Commission’s refusal to take human rights into … Continue reading

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Historic Conviction of Khmer Rouge Leaders An Important Step But Long Overdue Step Towards Justice

The convictions of two former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity are an important step towards justice yet long overdue, rights groups said this week. On August 7th, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) convicted Nuon … Continue reading

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Nearly One Year Later, Chinese Investigative Journalist Who Exposed Corruption Released on Bail

Rights groups are welcoming the release of Chinese investigative reporter Liu Hu on bail but warn that China has its own agenda when it comes to whistleblowers and those exposing corruption. Liu Hu was released on August 3rd after nearly … Continue reading

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Special Rapporteur Stresses Need To Improve Religious Freedom in Vietnam

Religious communities in Vietnam should be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said Thursday at the end of an official … Continue reading

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In Burma, Farmers Face Prison Sentences For Trespassing On Their Own Land

The President of Burma has announced that the government cannot give back over 30,000 acres of paddy land that the state has been using since it was confiscated by the army two decades ago. President U Thein Sein ordered state … Continue reading

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Chinese Blogger Attacked

In China this week, unidentified men attacked dissident blogger and human rights activist Hu Jia as he was returning to his Beijing home on Wednesday. Hu believes the attack was prompted by the “Return to Tiananmen Square” online campaign that … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Report Should Echo Demands for Universal Suffrage and Democracy

After returning to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, the rights to peaceful assembly, association, and expression have mostly been respected in Hong Kong. But in recent years Hong Kong activists and non-governmental organizations have expressed alarm over the increasing number of … Continue reading

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