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Special Report: Social Development and Human Security Ministry plans to eradicate violence against women in Thailand

Women’s networks in Thailand are calling for more stringent measures to tackle violence against women which is considered the most widespread human rights violation in the world. Friends of Women Foundation manager Jadet Chaovilai and other activists have submitted a petition against maltreatment of women in the country on the...

Women at risk as Brunei introduces stoning

It is a scandal that in 2013 women still risk death by stoning in 15 countries. Incredibly, that number is now set to rise as the southeast Asian kingdom of Brunei prepares to introduce this brutal punishment. Last month, the Sultan of Brunei announced a harsh new penal code based...

A consultation between H.E. Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand representative to the AICHR, and representatives from CSOs on ‘the ASEAN Convention on the Elimination of Violence against Women’

The consultation was held on 14 March 2013 at the Institute of Research and Development for Public Enterprises, in Bangkok, Thailand. Presided by H.E. Dr. Seree Nonthasoot, Thailand representative to the AICHR, the consultation was joined by representatives from CSOs in the field of women’s rights. The purpose of...

ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children maps out plan of action

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 2 December 2013 - The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) agreed on a plan of action at its Special Meeting convened on 26-27 November 2013 in Brunei Darussalam. Subsequent to the adoption of the Declaration on the...

Cambodians confront taboo on Khmer Rouge sex crimes

KANHCHHAET, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Net Savoen still wakes up screaming, reliving the evening she and about 30 other women were dragged to a forest by Khmer Rouge cadres. The women had been resting after a day of digging a pit in the sweltering heat. The soldiers tied their...

Philippines Promotes Human Rights-Based Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, in ASEAN

The Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Justice – Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), hosted an ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Regional Workshop on the Human Rights-Based Approach to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, in Makati from 27...

Muslim Women and Children Confront Challenges in Myanmar

"I wouldn't have to live this life if I wasn't a Muslim." -Anwar Sardad, a 10-year-old child laboring in Myanmar, October 2013 Since largely democratic elections in 2011 ushered in Thein Sein as Myanmar's president, the international community has rewarded perceived political and economic reforms with eased international sanctions, foreign...

Myanmar military still uses rape as a weapon of war: rights group

Washington: A women's group says the military in Myanmar is still using rape as a weapon of war, with more than 100 women and girls raped by the army since a 2010 election brought about a nominally civilian government that has pursued rapprochement with the West. The Thailand-based Women's...

Rape still weapon of war in Myanmar

A women's group says the military in Myanmar is still using rape as a weapon of war, with more than 100 women and girls raped by the army since a 2010 election brought about a nominally civilian government that has pursued rapprochement with the West. The Thailand-based Women's League of...

The Philippines: Human rights highlights

By Atty. Harry Roque Jr. This will be an annual tradition. For as long as I have a column to write, I will devote my first column of the year to a summary of the highlights for human rights in the Philippines. For the year 2013, here are what I consider...