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Human Rights in the Digital Age

Manila, Philippines – Asia 21 Philippine Young Leaders called on youth leaders to use their technology skills and creativity to promote the dignity, rights and welfare of marginalized groups, during the Think Lab session hosted by Asia Society at the LEAD ASEAN Youth Summit. More than 30 delegates participated in...

Natives rally with new force against Malaysia’s extractive land policy

SARAWAK, Malaysia, “Respect native rights,” hundreds of protesting indigenous people have sent a clear message to the state government of Sarawak, the Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. They have held rallies in towns as well as in rural areas. As the international human rights day was celebrated...

Malaysia must protect environment, indigenous rights as it reduces poverty – UN expert

After moving significantly towards reducing poverty, Malaysia must ensure that such gains do not come at the expense of the environment and the rights of vulnerable groups in society such as indigenous communities and migrant workers, a United Nations expert warned today. “Malaysia has made impressive progress towards the reduction...

Malaysia’s Indigenous People Intensify Anti-Dam Battle

The strongest wave of indigenous protests since the 1990s is underway in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. On International Human Rights Day, December 10, hundreds of people across the state demonstrated against a series of 12 mega-dams planned by the government company Sarawak Energy. Bakun dam...

Philippine tribesmen decry military campaign

Tribesmen on Tuesday trooped to the local National Commission for the Indigenous People and the Commission on Human Rights and demanded the withdrawal of government troops from their villages in Davao del Norte's Talaingod town where the military launched a massive operations against communist insurgents. The natives said the military...

PHILIPPINES: Three indigenous miners were found buried in a shallow grave

On 7 March 2014, Freddie ‘Fermin” Ligiw, (29), Eddie Ligiw, in his mid thirties and Licuben Ligiw in his mid sixties were found in a shallow grave near their hut. Their bodies were piled one on top of the other in the grave. The body of Eddie was at...

PHILIPPINES: Armed men and landlord that use force against indigenous tribes must be held to account

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned, and demands an investigation into the actions of the security guards and their employer landlord for shooting at, and holding at gunpoint, indigenous people who were to occupy their ancestral land in Quezon, Bukidnon. Photo: Manobo-Pulangihons tribes. In their mission report, titled:...

Human Rights Groups Warn A “Frenzy” of Land Confiscation For Mining, Logging And Dams in Burma Destroying Lives

A number of regional human rights organisations have hit out at land confiscation in Burma by companies and individuals with links to the government. The Asian Human Rights Commission has slammed a “frenzy” of land grabs in Burma by the government or government-linked companies, stating that abuses of power continue...

PHILIPPINES: Indigenous community deprived of food by the military

From 2008, the presence of military and paramilitary forces in Camias village, Porac, Pampanga has undermined and threatens the way of life of the Aeta tribe. From 2008, the presence of military and paramilitary forces in Camias village, Porac, Pampanga has undermined and threatens the way of life of the...

Challenges ahead in schooling indigenous voters on election bribes and threats

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 — At the 13th general election last year, many of the complaints received from the 150 election observers throughout Sabah centred on illegalities like bribes and the threat to cut off basic amenities if constituents did not vote a certain way. KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 —...