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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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As Ferry Boat Carrying Rohingya Sinks in Myanmar, NLD Must Lift Aid Restrictions in Arakan State

On Tuesday, April 19th a ferry boat with 65 Rohingya passengers including men, women, children and babies, sank at the entrance of the Thay Choung river in Myanmar. According to the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, 15 Rohingya passengers died, about … Continue reading

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Tibetan Education Advocate Detained in China for “Inciting Separatism”

A young Tibetan who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. Tashi Wangchuk, 30, has been detained by the Chinese authorities since January 27th 2016, in Yushu, … Continue reading

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In Vietnam, Seven Bloggers and Activists Sentenced in One Week

During the last week of March 2016, Vietnam convicted seven bloggers and rights activists and sentenced them to prison. The Vietnam government should immediately free these prominent bloggers and activists imprisoned for exercising their rights, Human Rights Watch says. “Vietnam … Continue reading

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Myanmar Should End Restrictions Against Rohingya

The Myanmar government should promptly end abusive restrictions against ethnic Rohingya and other Muslims, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. On March 29th 2016, the day before Myanmar’s transfer of power to a new government, outgoing President Thein Sein ordered the lifting … Continue reading

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