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Philippines: UN warns of humanitarian crisis in southern Philippines

MANILA (AFP) - The United Nations warned Wednesday that the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga faces a humanitarian crisis, with tens of thousands of people uprooted by a wave of deadly violence. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been engaged in combat since Sept 9 when about 200 Muslim guerrillas...

Malaysia: As political ‘phony’ Najib meets Mark Zuckerberg, his govt rams in ‘INHUMANE’ laws

KUALA LUMPUR - Opposition lawmakers reacted sharply to the Malaysian government's proposed amendments to several crime laws, saying these were "more draconian" than they had expected. They lambasted Prime Minister Najib Razak for taking Malaysia back in time to an era where the government could arrest, abuse, enforce and persecute...

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...

Malaysia: Suaram: Police abuses, rally crackdowns sully Putrajaya’s rights record

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — Rampant police shootings, suspicious deaths in custody, and a refusal to allow space for public protests were among key problems tarnishing Malaysia’s human rights record, according to a report by liberties group Suaram released today. In its “Malaysia Human Rights Report 2012: Civil and Political...

Viet Nam: Vietnam’s three-decade renewal issues sum up

Vietnam and France on September 25 issued a Joint Statement on their Strategic Partnership on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s official visit to France from September 24-26. The joint statement outlines the orientations and goals for the strategic partnership, with the aim to enhance bilateral cooperation in...

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,...

The Philippines: The road to a bully-free Philippines

On September 12, 2013, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act No. 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013. In a nutshell, the law prohibits bullying or any severe or repeated act which has any of the following effects: Causing physical or emotional harm; Creating a hostile environment at...

The Philippines: Group hits AFP over human rights violations during Zamboanga conflict

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights abuses allegedly committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the recent Zamboanga city conflict have reinforced the image of the military as a violator of human rights, according to an international human rights advocacy group. Human rights research and advocacy group Human...

Malaysia: Human Rights situation under serious threat

Suaram calls on the United Nations to show strong moral leadership to address Malaysia’s worrying current human rights situation. We respectfully urge you Mr Ban Ki Moon and Madam Pillay to take account of these serious issues in the run up to Malaysia’s UN Universal Periodic Review. We are gravely...