Home Tags Freedom of Assembly / Association / Union

Tag: Freedom of Assembly / Association / Union

Myanmar: Section 18 contradicts the 2008 Constitution say activists

Activists, former political prisoners and lawyers have called for a review of controversial laws which restrict freedom of association and peaceful procession. Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law and Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code have been criticised for undermining the 2008 Constitution. They also criticised the...

Myanmar Announces Year-End Prisoner Amnesty

Myanmar announced a sweeping prisoner amnesty on Monday in an apparent bid to fulfill President Thein Sein’s vow to free all political inmates by the end of the year.   The release is expected to begin Tuesday and include most of the 240 people rights groups say are held or...

What’s Happening in Cambodia? VOA Speaks with Activist and Analyst Ou Virak

PHNOM PENH — In recent weeks the Cambodia government has cracked down on striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, as well as political opposition groups who accuse the ruling party of rigging the last election. Gatherings of protesters are now banned after clashes with police...

Malaysia: NGOs outraged at ban on human rights coalition

The non-governmental organisations that make up the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (Comango), which was declared illegal by the Home Ministry today, are outraged at the ban as they say that they are recognised by the United Nations. Comango member Sisters In Islam (SIS) said the coalition...

Malaysia: COMANGO appalled govt’s active use of Islam as a POLTICAL TOOL to quash human rights

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO) is shocked and perturbed that the Chief Secretary of the Home Ministry of Malaysia has declared COMANGO, through a media statement on 8 January 2014, an “unlawful organization” (“pertubuhan haram”) without attaching a gazetted order by the Home Minister...

Malaysia: Amnesty International condemns Najib’s COMANGO BAN, disturbed by worsening human rights

Today’s attempt by Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs to ban the country’s leading coalition of human rights NGOs is a disturbing assault on the rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International said. The Ministry alleged that the majority of the 54 groups that make up the Coalition of...

Cambodia: Detainees In Crackdown Denied Rights, Claims HRW

The Cambodian authorities should protect the rights of 23 people arrested after a violent crackdown by security forces on striking garment workers in Phnom Penh on January 2- 3, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities detained the group incommunicado and without medical care at the remote CC3 prison...

Cambodia: UN Rights Envoy Plans Visit in Wake of Deadly Shootings

PHNOM PENH — The UN’s human rights envoy to Cambodia will make a six-day visit to the country, following deadly shootings last week on striking workers. The envoy, Surya Subedi, said in a statement the upcoming visit was part of his ongoing assessment of Cambodia’s rights environment. Subedi said he hopes...

UN wants inquiry into strikers’ deaths in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) — The U.N. human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the "disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay. Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan. 3 and...

Human rights: Cambodia and Laos; elections in Bangladesh; LGBTI rights;

The EP passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, voicing concern at the situation of rights defenders and opposition activists in Cambodia, and demanding clarifications on the investigation into the Sombath Somphone case in Laos; calling for an immediate halt to the repression in Bangladesh; and condemning the threats, discrimination...