Thailand’s Anti-Torture Bill Could Finally End Refugee Push-Backs

Thailand took a momentous step on 24 August  —not only because of a shock decision by the Constitutional Court to suspend Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from his duties, but also because parliament finally passed a historic anti-torture bill. Once fully enacted, the Bill, formally known as ...

PATRICK PHONGSATHORN

Thailand seeks stricter controls over nonprofit groups

Thai activist Porntin Say Yom and her neighbours fought more than 10 years to shut down a gold mine in northeast Thailand’s Loei province. “We successfully closed the gold mine because we came together as a group to defend our rights,” Yom said.  But in late May, ...

JACK BROOK

Do Cambodia’s Human Rights Groups Ignore Ethnic Vietnamese?

Prominent Cambodian human rights organizations ignore discrimination and violations committed against ethnic Vietnamese communities in the country, fearful of backlash from nationalists and supporters of the now-dissolved opposition party, according to sources who spoke to The Diplomat. Since early June, for instance, Cambodian authorities have been evicting hundreds of ...

David Hutt

Jailed Lao Activist Silenced by Government, but Continues to Inspire

Laos says women are now more respected and protected on International Women’s Day Monday, but the words might ring hollow to Houayheuang Xayabouly, who languishes in jail more than a year after her arrest for a Facebook post complaining about the communist government’s failure to ...

RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

Thai Gov't Asks Cambodia To Verify Reports of Missing Activist

The Cambodian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it had received a diplomatic note from Thailand asking the former to verify news reports documenting the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist. It was unclear if this was a request for a criminal investigation. VOA Khmer reported on Friday ...

Sun Narin

Cambodia: Environmental Activists Harassed

Cambodian authorities should end the politically motivated investigations of four environmental activists looking into illegal logging in Kratie province, Human Rights Watch said today, the International Day of Forests. The authorities should investigate a Taiwanese-Cambodian company whose employees allegedly detained the activists, including the prominent environmentalist Ouch ...

NGOs identify challenges in gender equality

Civil society organisations yesterday identified physical, mental and sexual violence against women are still challenges yet to be addressed by the government. The NGOs also said the government has not done enough to open doors for women in institutions. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center ...

Pech Sotheary

NGO work hit in Vietnam by novel coronavirus

The new coronavirus outbreak has claimed an unexpected victim in Vietnam: NGOs and charities. Human trafficking victims are for instance unable to seek help from the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a Hanoi-based nonprofit that rescues Vietnamese women and girls trafficked to China for the sex trade and forced ...

Sen

Cambodia’s Human Rights Record to Be Reviewed This Week

Cambodia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, according to UN Human Rights’ press release. The delegation of Cambodia will be headed by Mr. Keo Remy, ...

Chinese companies top human rights ‘dirty list’ of firms complicit in Myanmar violations

Chinese companies make up the bulk of a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military. The list of 49 companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland, China and elsewhere, compiled ...

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