HUMAN RIGHTS Press Releases Leaders must press Cambodia and Myanmar on human rights at ASEAN Summit, say regional lawmakers 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 th-TH Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:41:33 +0700 UN Committee Against Torture to review Maldives and Viet Nam 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 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:48:33 +0700 Malaysia: UN human rights expert on drinking water and sanitation to visit 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 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:43:24 +0700 UN expert: Civil society is crucial for sustainable development in Cambodia 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 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 11:57:16 +0700 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Series of events to shine a light on human rights across the world 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) Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:01:31 +0700 Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to improve data and statistics to drive sustainable development policies 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, Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:01:42 +0700 Malaysia: UN expert says child marriages must end 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, Thu, 04 Oct 2018 11:35:01 +0700 Cambodia: UN expert questions genuineness of ruling partys landslide victory 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 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:04:52 +0700 ASEAN MPs urge UN to act on devastating Rohingya atrocities report 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 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:02:59 +0700 Myanmar: UN report details silencing by law of independent journalism 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 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:11:33 +0700 UN Human Rights Chief applauds Indian Supreme Court decision to decriminalize same-sex relationships 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 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:18:14 +0700 Cambodia: Drop Fabricated Charges against #ADHOC 526 August 2018 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 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:32:10 +0700 The Philippines: UN experts urge further action to remove names on Governments terror list 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 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:15:25 +0700 ASEAN parliamentarians urge Malaysia to repeal Sedition Act and other repressive laws 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 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:23:03 +0700 States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration 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 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:23:54 +0700 Pakistan must repeal discriminatory measures leading to persecution of Ahmadis, say UN experts 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 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 15:32:18 +0700 UN Experts on Myanmar conclude visit to Bangladesh weeks ahead of the release of its final report 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 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:12:31 +0700 Myanmar: UN experts gravely concerned by court charges against Reuters journalists 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 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:46:52 +0700 Myanmar: Discriminatory policies means no return for refugees anytime soon, says expert 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 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:24:44 +0700 CPF joins forces with Minister of Labor to build sustainable Human Rights management 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 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 16:55:18 +0700 UN expert launches mission to South Korea to advance human rights dialogue with the North The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People#s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Toms Ojea Quintana, will visit Seoul from 2 to 10 July. This will be the UN expert#s first official mission to Seoul since Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:35:01 +0700 Myanmar: UN expert calls for ICC to probe decades of crimes 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 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:08:08 +0700 Critical time to welcome refugees, says UN rights expert 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 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:28:43 +0700 The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia published a post on Facebook today. 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 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:46:22 +0700 First-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir calls for international inquiry into multiple violations 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 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:10:19 +0700 ASEAN MPs criticize intimidation in lead-up to Cambodian polls ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) raised serious concerns today over growing reports of intimidation and repressive measures taken by Cambodian authorities to ensure a high voter turnout in the country#s upcoming parliamentary election. The Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:44:16 +0700 Albinism: The battle continues, but we are gaining ground Speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day on Wednesday,13 June, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, takes stock of progress under the theme of the Day, shining our light to the Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:14:57 +0700 Killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh must stop UN Human Rights Chief UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra#ad Al Hussein on Wednesday condemned the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug offenders in Bangladesh and urged the authorities to ensure that these serious human rights violations are Thu, 07 Jun 2018 9:28:47 +0700 APHR Statement on Malaysian ElectionOn On behalf of the membership of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Malaysian people on a historic election. Despite irregularities and other challenges that prevented the vote from being a fully Fri, 11 May 2018 12:50:12 +0700 Afghanistan: Senior UN rights official urges more action to end attacks on civilians UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour has welcomed what he called the undeniable commitment by the Afghan Government to improve what has long been a dire human rights situation. But he voiced concern at the lack of Fri, 11 May 2018 15:13:07 +0700