Tuesday September 24, 2019 16:23

HUMAN RIGHTS Press Releases

Indonesia must protect rights of Veronica Koman and others reporting on Papua and West Papua General—16 Sep 19

Indonesia must protect the rights of all people to peaceful protest, ensure access to the internet and protect the rights of human rights defender Veronica Koman and all others reporting on protests in Papua and West Papua, say UN human rights

China/Hong Kong: UN experts urge China to respect protesters rights General—13 Sep 19

UN human rights experts* reacted with alarm to reports of attacks on demonstrators, arrests of activists and human rights defenders, and threats to communications, as protests in Hong Kong entered their third month. The experts welcomed the detailed

Thailand: UN Human Rights Office Recognizes Progress in Enforced Disappearance General—09 Sep 19

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia recognizes the important progress by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation in the enforced disappearance case and recently confirmed murder of Karen community rights activist Pholachi 'Billy'

Human Rights Must Be Front and Centre in Climate Action General—04 Sep 19

Global efforts to confront the wide-ranging effects of climate change must take a human rights-based approach if they are to be effective in dealing with the crisis, the UN Human Rights Offices for the Pacific and for South-East Asia said at the occasion

Myanmar: UN experts concerned by incommunicado detention and torture of ethnic Rakhine men and General—04 Sep 19

UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns about the use of incommunicado detention by the military in Myanmar, along with allegations of torture and ill-treatment and deaths in custody since the outbreak of armed conflict in December 2018 in

Mongolia: UN human rights expert visits to examine financial and economic General—30 Aug 19

The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, will conduct an official visit to Mongolia from 2 to 11 September 2019, at the invitation of the Government. "The purpose of the mission is to identify good practices,

Malaysia vastly undercounting poverty, says UN rights expert General—23 Aug 19

Malaysia lays claim to the world's lowest national poverty rate by using an unduly low poverty line that does not reflect the cost of living and by excluding vulnerable populations from its official figures, said UN human rights expert Philip Alston at

No steps taken by India or Pakistan to improve human rights situation in Kashmir General—08 Jul 19

A UN human rights report on the situation in India-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir from May 2018 to April 2019, says the number of civilian casualties reported over the 12-month period may be the highest in over a decade, and noted

Myanmar: Expert calls for continued pressure as situation reaches human rights General—04 Jul 19

A UN human rights expert implored the international community to maintain pressure on Myanmar amid a deterioration of human rights in the country, citing concerns about possible war crimes in Rakhine State, the treatment of minorities, the environment

Myanmar: UN expert #fears for civilians after Internet shutdown General—25 Jun 19

The Myanmar Government's shutdown of mobile data networks in nine townships could have serious implications for human rights and humanitarian monitoring in the conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin States, a UN expert warned on Monday. "As there is no media

UN experts stress links between digital space and human rights at RightsCon, General—14 Jun 19

Human rights must be embedded in the design of our digital age, say UN experts* attending RightsCon 2019 in Tunis this week. As the conference on human rights in the digital age got underway, David Kaye, Michel Forst and Clement Voule, UN Special

Cambodias Ambassador Witnesses international labour and human rights practices at CPFs chicken General—11 Jun 19

Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods) had implemented its long-term goal of the labour employment policies to provide productive, non-discriminatory, exploitation-free, decent, safe and healthy work opportunities to ensure equal treatment for proper

Cambodia: Stop Political Harassment of the Opposition General—10 May 19

JAKARTA – ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights urge the Cambodian government to stop targeting and attacking members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and immediately investigate the death in detention of a former CNRP

Cambodia: UN expert calls for open political dialogue for peace and sustainable General—10 May 19

PHNOM PENH – A UN human rights expert urged Cambodians to change the political culture to one of dialogue with a focus on issues rather than people, as a way to move ahead and to create a solid basis for durable peace, sustainable development and

UN expert hopes States can persuade North Korea to change direction during Geneva #peer General—09 May 19

GENEVA/SEOUL – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has expressed hope that the UN's 'peer review' process will persuade authorities in North Korea to change direction and to

Myanmar: UN human rights experts say terribly concerned about press freedoms and democracyMyanmar: General—09 May 19

UN human rights experts welcomed the news that convicted Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are back at home with their families in Myanmar, but expressed serious concerns about the judicial process in the country and the fact that their guilty

Labour Voice Hotline: A right call for worker rights in Thailand General—26 Feb 19

The Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN), Thailand non-government organization, has been working closely with the government, private sectors and the workers themselves to promote human rights in Thailand and abroad for decades. One of the

UN Human Rights Office urges Thailand to enact torture and disappearance General—20 Dec 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on the Royal Thai Government to ensure that the proposed law criminalising torture and enforced disappearance fully meets international standards. The Regional Office understands that a draft law has

Press Release from ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights View this email in your General—12 Dec 18

Lawmakers from across Southeast Asia today warned that President Rodrigo Duterte's move to extend martial law in Mindanao would put human rights at risk, and urged members of the Philippine Congress to reject the proposal during a joint vote on

Goodyear Strengthens Commitment to Sustainable Natural Rubber Automotive—30 Nov 18

- New natural rubber procurement policy clearly articulates company's commitment to responsible sourcing - Strengthened company requirements continue to help protect human rights and the environment - New policy among Goodyear's actions to promote a

Next step for Malaysia: #leave no one behind in realising rights to water and General—27 Nov 18

A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Malaysia to "leave no one behind" and keep a close eye on reducing inequalities in access to water and sanitation services. "Malaysia's performance in the field of water and sanitation is excellent,

The Sunhak Peace Prize for 2019 Awarded to Waris Dirie and Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji General—23 Nov 18

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee announced Laureates for the Sunhak Peace Prize for 2019 - Waris Dirie and Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina. Waris Dirie, a human rights activist and super-model, is widely acclaimed for raising worldwide awareness of Female

Leaders must press Cambodia and Myanmar on human rights at ASEAN Summit, say regional General—09 Nov 18

Southeast Asian leaders must put human rights – including the crises in Cambodia and Myanmar – at the top of the agenda as they gather for the ASEAN Summit in Singapore next week (scheduled for 13-15 November), ASEAN Parliamentarians for

UN Committee Against Torture to review Maldives and Viet Nam General—09 Nov 18

The UN Committee Against Torture will meet in Geneva from 12 November to 7 December, 2018 to review six States, including Maldives and Viet Nam. The six States are among the 165 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or

Malaysia: UN human rights expert on drinking water and sanitation to General—09 Nov 18

The UN expert on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation will visit Malaysia from 14 to 27 November to assess how the country's legal, policy and institutional framework ensures access to drinking water and sanitation from a human rights

UN expert: Civil society is crucial for sustainable development in General—09 Nov 18

A UN human rights expert urged the Cambodian Government to work more closely with civil society groups, and said the best way for the country to achieve a durable peace and sustainable development was to put human rights at the forefront of

70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Series of events to shine a light on General—06 Nov 18

The UN Human Rights Office on Tuesday announced the start, in mid-November, of "a month of activation," involving events all across the world, leading up to the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the iconic Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to improve data and statistics to drive sustainable General—22 Oct 18

Countries in Asia and the Pacific on Friday adopted a declaration that will strengthen national statistical systems to present a more complete picture of the region's development, and support good governance, health and human rights. The declaration,

Malaysia: UN expert says child marriages must end General—04 Oct 18

A UN human rights expert has urged Malaysian authorities to redouble their efforts to end child marriages, and to establish a robust non-discriminatory child protection system. The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children,

Cambodia: UN expert questions genuineness of ruling partys landslide General—27 Sep 18

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia called into question the "genuineness" of the general election in July, which maintained the ruling Cambodian People's Party decades-long position in power and "consigned multiparty