Burma’s election body objects to Aung San Suu Kyi speech, warns opposition

Burma’s election body objects to Aung San Suu Kyi speech, warns opposition

🕔06:26, 7.Jun 2014

Burma’s electoral commission should immediately cease threatening and intimidating the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Human Rights Watch said on June 4, 2014. The electoral commission should also drop proposals that would set limits on future election campaigning,

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How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

🕔02:44, 6.Jun 2014

In London’s Trafalgar Square, a young boy stands with his arm stretched out. He is facing four people holding images of army tanks. They are participating in an Amnesty UK reenactment of the famous “Tank Man” photograph of the man who stood in front

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Thailand urged to halt military trials, end arbitrary arrests

Thailand urged to halt military trials, end arbitrary arrests

🕔04:51, 4.Jun 2014

The Thai military junta should immediately revoke its order to prosecute civilians in military courts, Human Rights Watch said on May 28, 2014. The military should end its arrests of individuals engaged in peaceful protest or criticism of the May

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Cambodia: Quash Convictions of 25 Activists, Workers

Cambodia: Quash Convictions of 25 Activists, Workers

🕔04:57, 3.Jun 2014

(New York) – The Cambodian government should quash the convictions of 25 human rights activists, factory workers, and others for lack of evidence, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 30, 2014, the Phnom Penh municipal court convicted the defendants in three cases

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China: Address Enduring Legacy of Tiananmen Massacre

China: Address Enduring Legacy of Tiananmen Massacre

🕔05:44, 30.May 2014

(New York) – 25 years after the Tiananmen Massacre of June 4, 1989, popular demands for accountability, the rule of law, freedom of expression, and other basic human rights in Chinahave continued to grow. A new multimedia feature discusses the impact of the

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Malaysia: Premier Threatens Outspoken Website

Malaysia: Premier Threatens Outspoken Website

🕔10:04, 29.May 2014

(Bangkok) – Malaysia’s prime minister should end efforts to sue a leading online newspaper for publishing critical reader comments, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak initiated legal action on May 15, 2014, seeking damages from the website Malaysiakini and

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Thailand: Halt Military Trials, End Arbitrary Arrests

Thailand: Halt Military Trials, End Arbitrary Arrests

🕔09:56, 29.May 2014

(New York) – The Thai military junta should immediately revoke its order to prosecute civilians in military courts, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should end its arrests of individuals engaged in peaceful protest or criticism of the May 22, 2014

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Bangladesh: Release Factory Inspection Reports

Bangladesh: Release Factory Inspection Reports

🕔09:41, 29.May 2014

(Bangkok) – Bangladesh government and retailers have largely failed to make public the findings of factory safety inspections ordered after the April 2013 Rana Plaza catastrophe that killed and injured several thousand workers, Human Rights Watch said today. Reports should be published

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Thailand: Rights in ‘Free Fall’ After Coup

🕔07:17, 24.May 2014

(New York) – The Thai military should immediately revoke abusive martial law powers, end censorship, and release all people who have been arbitrarily detained, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should urgently restore democratic, civilian rule. Since the military coup was

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Why is martial law imposed mainly on the media in Thailand?

🕔03:51, 22.May 2014

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses gravest concernover the Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law yesterday [20 May 2014] across Thailand, particularly that it has targeted the media and freedom of expression. People in the region woke up to

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Thailand: Revoke Martial Law Undermining Rights

🕔08:21, 21.May 2014

(New York) – The Thai military’s imposition of nationwide martial law is effectively a coup that threatens the human rights of all Thais, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and other influential governments should call for the immediate

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US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

🕔08:09, 21.May 2014

US military training to Cambodia’s abusive armed forces could easily be misused against the political opposition and labor unions and may violate US law. The US military support was evident in official publicity material and personal pages posted on Facebook during the

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Thailand: Lack of Justice for 2010 Violence Fuels Abuses

🕔06:46, 20.May 2014

(New York) – Successive Thai governments have failed over the past four years to impartially prosecute those responsible for the political violence in 2010. The Thai government and army should be pressured by the United States and other influential governments

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Thailand: Protesters Occupy TV Stations

🕔07:04, 11.May 2014

(New York) – Anti-government protesters inThailand should immediately cease intimidating the media and occupying TV stations in Bangkok, Human Rights Watch said today. Over the past seven months, Thailand has been convulsed by blockades of government offices by groups opposed to

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Bangladesh: Elections Scarred by Violence

🕔07:09, 30.Apr 2014

(New York) – Bangladesh’s government and members of rival political parties all bear responsibility for the violence which scarred national elections on January 5, 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Hundreds were killed and injured in

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Two years on, Cambodian rights group mourns environmental activist, denounces culture of impunity

Two years on, Cambodian rights group mourns environmental activist, denounces culture of impunity

🕔06:32, 28.Apr 2014

Two years on, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) marks the second anniversary of the murder of Chut Wutty on 26 April 2012 and mourns his loss. To honor his passing, CCHR attended an event organized by the Natural

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China: EU Leaders Should Confront Xi on Rights

🕔07:24, 27.Apr 2014

(Brussels) – The EU’s leaders should publicly raise concerns about the shrinking space for rights advocates in China with President Xi Jinping, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, and Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council

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Concern over court orders issued against Cambodian union leader

🕔17:10, 26.Apr 2014

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses grave concerns over the severe measures taken by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday 22 April 2014 to restrict the union rights of Mr. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of

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Prominent poet and "Red Shirt" activist murdered in Thailand

🕔01:47, 26.Apr 2014

The Thai authorities should immediately investigate the murder of a prominent poet and “Red Shirt” political activist widely known for his opposition to Thailand’s law banning criticism of the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on April 24, 2014. On April 23,

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Obama's historic visit to Malaysia an opportunity to speak loudly on rights

🕔16:30, 25.Apr 2014

US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia on April 26-27, 2014, to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said on April 24. Obama will be the first US

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In Bangladesh, journalist summoned for criticism of court

🕔11:24, 24.Apr 2014

The following is an April 23, 2014 CPJ blog post by Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate. It’s not the first time, and it likely won’t be the last: Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal has demonstrated little tolerance for criticism of its

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Pakistani government moves to cancel licence of country's largest television network

🕔11:14, 24.Apr 2014

In the aftermath of allegations and counter allegations following the April 19, 2014 attempted murder of popular anchor Hamid Mir, the Pakistan government sought to ban Geo Television, the country’s largest TV channel, following a complaint initiated by the Inter

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Malaysia: Obama Should Speak Loudly on Rights

🕔01:59, 24.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia on April 26-27, 2014, to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama will be the first US president

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Bangladesh: Rana Plaza Victims Urgently Need Assistance

🕔02:13, 23.Apr 2014

(Bangkok) – Survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse one year ago in Bangladesh are still suffering from their injuries and loss of income, Human Rights Watch said today. International companies that sourced garments from five factories operating in the Rana Plaza

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A tribute to Burmese journalist and prominent rights activist U Win Tin

A tribute to Burmese journalist and prominent rights activist U Win Tin

🕔01:47, 23.Apr 2014

Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists. A longtime journalist who later spent years as a political prisoner, he died of renal failure on April 21, 2014,

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Cambodian park remains off limits as political party supporters beaten by security guards

🕔09:02, 21.Apr 2014

On the morning of Monday 21 April 2014, at least ten Cambodian National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) supporters and onlookers were beaten, including four seriously injured, by private security guards, as elected CNRP Member of Parliament Ms. Mu Sochua was chased

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Journalists face criminal defamation charges in Thailand over story on Burmese refugees

🕔08:55, 21.Apr 2014

On April 17, 2014, a Thai court formally charged two journalists for the localPhuketwan news website with criminal defamation, according to news reports. The charges were brought by a Thai navy official. Alan Morison, an Australian national, and Chutima Sidasathian, a Thai

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China: Exams Accessible to the Blind a Breakthrough

🕔13:33, 20.Apr 2014

(New York) – The Chinese Education Ministry’sdecision to provide Braille or electronic exams for national university entrance will improve access to higher education for candidates who are blind or have visual impairments, Human Rights Watch said today. Up to now, students

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Pakistan:Journalist Hamid Mir injured in gun attack in Karachi

Pakistan:Journalist Hamid Mir injured in gun attack in Karachi

🕔22:17, 19.Apr 2014

KARACHI: Unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir in Karachi on Saturday, injuring the senior reporter and television anchorperson. The incident took place on Sharae Faisal near Natha Khan area when the gunmen opened fire on his vehicle

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IFJ condemns China's Internet regulators for restricting freedom of opinion

🕔04:10, 18.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the Chinese internet regulators for restraining people’s freedom to comment on the trial of a prominent microblogger, who admitted in court to charges of rumour-mongering on the net. Qin Zhihui, known in cyber space

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