Sri Lanka: Consultation Task Force report must lead to justice

As long as the Sri Lankan government ignores the findings of a taskforce, which examines crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses during the country’s decades-long internal conflict, justice, truth and reparation for thousands of families who have suffered deaths and disappearances will remain elusive, Amnesty International said today. The organization is dismayed by the Sri Lankan […]

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North Korea: Celebrations Hide Human Rights Violations

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule. “Kim Jong-Un rules based on fear and repression, […]

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What Happens Off-Camera in Burma?

Video of Police Beating Rohingya Heightens Fears of Wider Abuses This “has to be an isolated case.” So claims a spokesman at Burma’s foreign ministry about a disturbing video that emerged this weekend showing police officers brutally beating ethnic Rohingya villagers, including some who appeared to be children, in northern Rakhine State Unlike the Burmese government’s usual indignant denials that […]

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Targeting NGOs Hurts Those Most in Need

“Those who have worked for the most marginalised and disempowered sections of society, while holding the government to account, are being persecuted,” read a joint statement by Indian activists after over two dozen groups were denied license to receive foreign funds under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). This step, the statement notes, is the most immediate example of an […]

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Bangladesh: Release Facebook user who criticised Prime Minister

The Bangladeshi authorities must immediately release a 22-year-old student activist detained for two Facebook posts criticising the country’s Prime Minister, Amnesty International said today. Dilip Roy, a student activist at Rajshahi University in western Bangladesh, will be appearing at a bail hearing on 4 September. “Bangladesh’s authorities should immediately drop this case. By invoking draconian laws to hound critics for […]

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Bangladesh: Halt imminent execution of Mir Quasem Ali after unfair trial

The Bangladesh authorities must halt the imminent execution of a senior political leader who has been sentenced to death following a deeply flawed trial, Amnesty International said today. “The people of Bangladesh deserve justice for crimes committed during the War of Independence. The continued use of the death penalty will not achieve this. It only serves to inflame domestic tensions […]

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Provisional Legislature a Major Setback for Rights in Hong Kong

Human Rights Watch/Asia today sharply criticized the selection of a provisional legislature for Hong Kong. Meeting in Shenzhen, the 400-strong Selection Committee appointed by China chose sixty individuals to replace Hong Kong’s elected Legislative Council or Legco. “One fundamental right under international law is for people to freely choose their own government representatives,” said Sidney Jones, executive director of Human […]

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The Coward’s War: Landmines in Cambodia

Published as Cambodia emerged from decades of conflict, The Coward’s War documents how antipersonnel landmines were used by all warring factions. As internally displaced persons were preparing to return from the Thai border, the report describes the urgent need for a mine clearance program to be initiated to prevent further landmine victims. The Coward’s War reviews existing laws pertaining to […]

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