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Malaysia: Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO) declared an “unlawful organisation”

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH (the International Federation for Human Rights), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Malaysia. Brief description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources, including...

Cambodia: Drop Case Against Men Framed for Murder

(New York) – The Cambodian government should drop its case against two men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the 2004 murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, Human Rights Watch said today. The Supreme Court will re-hear the case against Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun on September 25, 2013. “Prosecutors...

Viet Nam: Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

More than 100 Vietnamese reform-seeking intellectuals signed a petition Monday calling on the government to establish an open public forum to discuss prospects for democracy in the authoritarian state. It is the latest bid to pressure the country's Communist leaders to end one party rule which rights groups say suppresses...

Malaysia: Ex-detainees not convinced by govt assurance

PETALING JAYA: Three Pakatan leaders, who were former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees, are not convinced by the assurances by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that political dissidents will not be arrested using the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA). Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said this was especially so since...

Burma’s Protest Laws Used to Jail Peaceful Protestors

The use of ‘section 18’ – also known as the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law – to punish and restrict activist’s highlights the lack of rule of law in Burma, with the Burma based human rights group the Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) highlighting cases of abuse...

Myanmar: Locals protest Latpadaung mine resumption

Nearly 150 local residents from villages around the Latpadaung area held a protest on Friday as mining activities recommenced at a controversial copper mine project in Sagaing division. Speaking to DVB, some of the demonstrators including Buddhist monks said that gunpowder explosions marked the resumption of the Chinese-backed project which was...

Cambodia: Concern over Cambodian authorities’ repeated attempts to limit peaceful assembly of civil society groups

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights ("CCHR") would like to highlight and express concern regarding the continued negative reaction from Cambodian authorities in response to requests or notifications by civil society groups attempting to hold peaceful demonstrations in Phnom Penh. CCHR would like to remind the Royal Government of...

Myanmar: Stop arresting farmers, says 88 Generation

By arresting and sentencing so many farmers and activists for protesting land grabs, Burmese authorities are affecting the stability of the state, warned the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society. At a press conference held at the 88 Generation office in Rangoon on Friday, various speakers complained about land seizures...

Myanmar dismisses UN envoys ‘one-sided’ human rights report

Myanmar has criticized a report to the United Nations on the human rights situation in the country as being one-sided and pessimistic, with its representative to the body dismissing the report by UN special rapporteur Tomas Ojae-Quintana as “hardly acceptable”. “It’s like blaming a donut for its hole,” said Myanmar’s...

Malaysia: Deregistering Muslim lawyers group against civil rights, LFL tells Karpal

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 — Civil rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) disagreed today with Karpal Singh’s suggestion to deregister the Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) and all other race-based bodies, reminding the DAP chairman that freedom of association is a basic human right. Taking to Twitter to voice its objection...