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Malaysia: Malaysian government proposes new detention without trial powers

(Reuters) - Malaysia's government proposed an amendment to crime laws on Wednesday that would give authorities the power to hold suspects for years without trial, in what critics said was a lurch back to draconian security policies that were only recently eased. The government is justifying the proposed toughening of...

Cambodia: Cambodia releases two jailed for union leader murder

Cambodia's Supreme Court has acquitted two men jailed nine years ago for the murder of prominent opposition activist Chea Vichea. The move was welcomed by human rights groups, who have described the men as scapegoats who were wrongly convicted. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment...

Malaysia: The most serious assault on human rights

Lawyers for Liberty is extremely shocked and concerned with the rash of proposed criminal law and procedure amendments with far reaching implications that were tabled in Parliament yesterday. These amendments constitute the most serious assault on human rights and established legal principles since 1988 after the constitutional crisis and Operation...

Cambodia: Scapegoat ‘killers’ acquitted

The courtroom erupted in applause yesterday as the Supreme Court acquitted two men falsely charged with the murder of unionist Chea Vichea nearly a decade ago. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun are set to leave Prey Sar prison free men this morning after spending a total of five years,...

Malaysia: Amended security law a huge step backwards, says Human Rights Watch

Malaysia is taking a "huge step backwards" on human rights by returning to laws that allow detention without trial, said global rights advocate Human Rights Watch. Its deputy Asia director Phil Robertson insisted that the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) would only serve to infringe on the people's liberty without...

Malaysia: Drop the charges against Lena Hendry

We are shocked that the Malaysian government, after the recent General Election, has resorted to charging human rights defender Lena Hendry on Sept 19, 2013 for being involved in the screening of a documentary “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” at a human rights event in...

Vietnam police surround courthouse ahead of dissident trial

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Protesters and security forces are gathering in the normally quiet Vietnamese capital for the trial of a high-profile lawyer known for taking on human rights cases and writing a blog critical of the government. Le Quoc Quan was arrested last year and accused of tax evasion,...

Indonesia: Struggle of a torture victim’s sister continues following unjust High Court’s judgments

(Hong Kong, October 08, 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released the video of an interview with Yeni, a relative of Yusli who was physically assaulted and shot to death by three police officers in December 2011. Earlier in March this year, the Tangerang District Court sentenced...

Indonesia: Munir supporters decry state’s ‘injustice’

The Supreme Court (MA) has cut the prison sentence handed down to Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto, the convicted murderer of human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib, from 20 years to 14 years. Many have cried foul over the fresh verdict, saying that it was unusual that the Supreme Court should overturn...

Lao PDR: Where is Sombath Somphone?

Oct 10, — Today, Thursday, 10 Oct 2013, marks 300 days of the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, one of Lao PDR’s most prominent activists. Sombath is a long-time and good friend. In the late 1970s, he and I were part of a small group of human rights activists and...