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Relentless Repression of Independent Voices Continues in Vietnam

The upheld convictions and jail sentences of three human rights defenders in Vietnam on trumped-up charges is the latest act of the government’s relentless repression of independent voices and a shameful example of a failed judiciary, rights groups say. An … Continue reading

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‘China’s Youngest Prisoner of Conscience’ Granted Asylum in United States

On International Human Rights Day, some good news: Anni and Ruli Zhang have been granted political asylum in the United States. Detained overnight as a 10-year-old, Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.” She and her older sister, … Continue reading

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Cambodia Must Close Detention Centers After Recent Death

The Cambodian government must immediately close all centers which arbitrarily detain people outside the criminal justice system, Licadho and Human Rights Watch say. The abusive nature of these centers was highlighted by the death of a man on November 26th … Continue reading

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Yet Another Blogger Detained in Vietnam on Anti-State Charges

Press freedom organizations are condemning the arrest of Vietnamese blogger Hong Le Tho and calling on Vietnam’s government to cease its campaign of persecution against journalists and bloggers. Hong Le Tho, an independent blogger of Japanese origin, was detained in … Continue reading

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In Vietnam, Buddhist New Year Calendar Confiscated For Being “Anti-state Document”

A Buddhist New Year calendar is an “anti-State” document according to authorities in Vietnam. The Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) says that a young Buddhist monk, the Venerable Thich Minh Nghia, was intercepted and harassed by a group of … Continue reading

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Judicial Harassment Continues Against Luon Sovath Ahead of Trial

Judicial harassment is continuing against Luon Sovath, a Buddhist monk from Siem Reap, Cambodia, according to rights groups. Venerable Luon Sovath is a human rights defender who faces ongoing harassment from the authorities for his work with communities struggling against … Continue reading

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As China Attempts to Shape Global Web Rules, Internet Freedom Faces New Attacks

Ahead of China’s first World Internet Conference, Amnesty International said today that the Chinese government’s increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that Internet freedom is under a sustained attack. The event, which takes place in … Continue reading

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World Leaders Should Demand Release Of Chinese Activists

World leaders gathering Monday in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit should urge China to release dozens of mainland activists detained for peacefully supporting Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, Amnesty International says. During the past month, Chinese police have detained … Continue reading

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Is North Korea Willing To Discuss Human Rights?

North Korea is waging a diplomatic counter-offensive to divert international support from an upcoming United Nations General Assembly resolution recommending referring the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC). For the past ten years, the … Continue reading

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Disappeared Chinese Human Rights Defender Placed In Criminal Detention

A Chinese human rights defender whose whereabouts have been unknown since her disappearance on October 1st in Beijing has been placed in criminal detention on the charge of “causing trouble.” On October 23rd, human rights defender Liu Xizhen was charged … Continue reading

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