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Octogenarian Writer Arrested in China for “Picking Quarrels and Provoking Trouble”

Reporters Without Borders is demanding the immediate release of 81-year-old Chinese dissident writer Tie Liu whose home was raided on Saturday. He and his assistant Huang Jing were into custody. Tie, whose real name is Huang Zerong, was charged with … Continue reading

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Civil Society Organizations Slam Arbitrary Detention of Human Rights Researchers in Cambodia

Civil Society Organizations in Cambodia are slamming the decision by Cambodian authorities to detain two employees of a non-profit organization without just cause. On Tuesday, September 9th, Cambodian authorities detained Equitable Cambodia (EC) employees Meg Fukuzawa and Lida Sok who … Continue reading

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Another Chinese Activist Sentenced During Crackdown

Chinese activist Zhang Lin is now the 14th person known to be imprisoned in the crackdown on peaceful assembly, association and expression, which began in earnest in March 2013. Zhang’s three-and-a-half-year prison sentence was announced by the Bengshan District People’s … Continue reading

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Anger Over Dalai Lama’s Visa Denial

South Africa refused the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, a visa to visit Cape Town. The Dalai Lama was invited to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates along with his fellow Nobel Laureates. South Africa has previously refused … Continue reading

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Charges Dropped Against 50 Journalists in Myanmar

On August 26th 2014, Myanmar authorities dropped charges against fifty journalists previously accused of peaceful protest arising from a gathering on July 12th 2014. Police decided to stop the investigation and refused to bring the case to court. However, the … Continue reading

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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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