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Cambodia: UN rights office decries use of excessive force against protesters

7 January 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about what it said is disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials responding to protesters in Cambodia, and urged authorities and security forces to exercise utmost restraint. We urge the Cambodian authorities to launch a...

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...

Cambodia – Arrests and ongoing detention of human rights defenders,Messrs Vorn Pao, Theng Savoeun and Chan Putisa

On 8 January 2014 the Cambodian Center for Human Rights received confirmation that human rights defenders Messrs Vorn Pao, Theng Savoeun and Chan Putisak, as well as seven other individuals, are being detained in Correctional Centre 3 (CC3) in Kampong Cham Province. The human rights defenders were arrested by military...

South Korea pulled strings as Cambodia’s military cracked down on protesters

SEOUL, South Korea and PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Conspiracy theorists frequently accuse rich countries of “puppeteering” in the developing world, quietly pushing governments to deploy thugs to protect wealthy — and sometimes abusive — corporations.  There is truth to this, but it's rare to uncover on-the-ground examples of how this...

Myanmar: Big Yangon demonstrations calls for repeal of laws that violate rights

In one of the biggest demonstrations in Myanmar in years, thousands of protesters gathered in central Yangon on January 5 to demand the repeal of laws blamed for violating human rights. An estimated two thousand people from nearly 60 activist groups participated in the demonstration, one of the biggest in...

MALAYSIA, A LOST NATION! Home Ministry BANS Comango

The Home Ministry has banned the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango), which had presented its version of Malaysian human rights standards at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) last year. In a statement today, the ministry said the Registrar of Societies has checked its records and found that the coalition is...

Malaysia: Pua: Putrajaya caving to right-wing pressure with Comango ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — DAP MP Tony Pua accused Putrajaya today of pandering to the will of right-wing groups with its sudden decision to ban Comango, the human rights group that has been criticising the government’s treatment of minority groups here. The ban, announced at a time when public...

Malaysia: COMANGO BAN proves Umno-BN despite being once bitten are TWICE AS STUPID!

It would appear that the Najib administration can’t help stumbling from one disaster to another, leaving the Barisan Nasional government in a perpetual state of crisis. While the heat from the New Year’s Eve price hike protests and the recent confiscation of Al-Kitabs by the religious authorities has barely subsided,...

Thai protest site hit by grenades; 28 hurt

BANGKOK — Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand's capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation's increasingly bloody political crisis drags on. Police said the blasts near Victory Monument, in the north of the city, were caused...

Malaysia: Home Ministry ban signals crackdown on civil society, say Comango reps

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Putrajaya is edging closer to “extremist views”, social activists said today on the heels of the Home Ministry’s sudden decision to outlaw a 54-member human rights coalition. Representatives of the Coalition on Malaysian NGOs in the Universal Periodic Review Process (Comango) — which the ministry...