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HUMAN RIGHTS Press Releases

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

ASEAN MPs urge UN to act on devastating Rohingya atrocities report General—20 Sep 18

Lawmakers from South East Asia today urged the UN to act on a devastating report on atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar and do everything it can to pave the way for justice for victims, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today. The

Myanmar: UN report details silencing by law of independent journalism General—11 Sep 18

A host of ill-defined laws has been used in Myanmar to exert control over independent journalism across the country, including in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states, a UN human rights report on freedom of expression in the country has found. The report

UN Human Rights Chief applauds Indian Supreme Court decision to decriminalize same-sex General—07 Sep 18

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday applauded the decision by the Indian Supreme Court to decriminalize consensual same sex relations. "This is a great day for India and for all those who believe in the universality of

Cambodia: Drop Fabricated Charges against #ADHOC 526 August 2018 General—27 Aug 18

Cambodian authorities should immediately drop politically motivated bribery charges against five human rights defenders known as the ADHOC 5 ("FreeThe5KH" in social media campaigns), five international organizations said today. The trial of the five

The Philippines: UN experts urge further action to remove names on Governments terror General—20 Aug 18

UN human rights experts* have welcomed a ruling in the Philippines declaring that the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, is a non-party to the government's recent petition which seeks to declare the New

ASEAN parliamentarians urge Malaysia to repeal Sedition Act and other repressive General—08 Aug 18

Malaysia's new government must make good on promises to repeal the Sedition Act and other repressive laws used to silence critics and restrict fundamental freedoms, legislators from Southeast Asia said today. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights

States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration General—07 Aug 18

States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts*. In a joint statement marking International day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the

Pakistan must repeal discriminatory measures leading to persecution of Ahmadis, say UN General—25 Jul 18

The Government of Pakistan must repeal discriminatory provisions in its electoral law which is leading to members of the Ahmadiyya minority being persecuted and targeted in violent attacks, say two UN human rights experts*. "With national elections

UN Experts on Myanmar conclude visit to Bangladesh weeks ahead of the release of its final General—20 Jul 18

United Nations human rights experts have concluded a five-day visit to Bangladesh, where they met newly arrived Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar, in the final weeks before the publication of their comprehensive written report. This visit of

Myanmar: UN experts gravely concerned by court charges against Reuters General—11 Jul 18

UN human rights experts* expressed grave concern after a court in Myanmar officially charged two Reuters journalists under the 1923 Official Secrets Act in connection with their investigations into a massacre at Inn Din village, Rakhine State. "We

Myanmar: Discriminatory policies means no return for refugees anytime soon, says General—10 Jul 18

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the Government's failure to redress discriminatory laws against the Rohingya made it impossible for hundreds of thousands of refugees to return to their homes

CPF joins forces with Minister of Labor to build sustainable Human Rights General—29 Jun 18

Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) in cooperation with Minister of Labor have jointly hosted a training entitled CPF Capacity Building for Partnership 2018 as part of the company's mission to build sustainable supply chain management through increasing

UN expert launches mission to South Korea to advance human rights dialogue with the General—28 Jun 18

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Tomás Ojea Quintana, will visit Seoul from 2 to 10 July. This will be the UN expert's first official mission to Seoul since

Myanmar: UN expert calls for ICC to probe decades of crimes General—28 Jun 18

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has urged the Human Rights Council to support efforts to investigate and prosecute at the International Criminal Court those responsible for alleged crimes that have

Critical time to welcome refugees, says UN rights expert General—20 Jun 18

The world must act now to help those forced to leave their homes by overwhelming circumstancessays a UN rights expert. In a statement to mark World Refugee Day, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, is urging people to

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia published a post on Facebook General—14 Jun 18

The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned with the passing of the controversial Cyber Security Law by the National Assembly on Tuesday, which contains a number of provisions that are in contravention with Viet Nam's obligations under

First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple General—14 Jun 18

There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives, a report by the UN Human