Thailand: Rights in ‘Free Fall’ After Coup »

Thailand: Rights in ‘Free Fall’ After Coup

NEW YORK, 24 May 2014 -– The Thai military should immediately revoke abusive martial law powers, end censorship, and release all people who have been arbitrarily detained, Human Rights Watch said today. The military should urgently restore democratic, civilian rule. Since the military coup was announced on May 22, 2014, the National Peace and Order […]

Thailand: Still No Justice for ‘Disappearance’ Victims »

Thailand: Still No Justice for ‘Disappearance’ Victims

BANGKOK/30 August 2013 –Thai authorities have failed to honor past pledges to resolve cases of enforced disappearance and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said today. August 30, 2013 is the International Day of the Disappeared. The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons […]

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part III) »

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part III)

The government appealed a 2011 Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling that a “license to publish is a right, not a privilege,” therefore requiring review of the government’s “improper and irrational” unwillingness to issue a license to the largest on-line newspaper, Malaysiakini, to publish a daily print edition. An amendment to the Evidence Act provides that computer […]

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part II) »

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part II)

Government harassment of human rights defenders continued in 2012, Human Rights Watch said. In response to spurious allegations by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia, an organization with close ties to Malaysia’s leaders, the government pursued a politically motivated investigation of Suaram, a leading Malaysian human rights organization in operation since 1989. At least six government agencies are […]

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part I) »

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part I)

BANGKOK /01 February 2013 – Prime Minister Najib Razak’s promised reforms did not significantly improve legal protections for basic liberties in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2013. Press restrictions, the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators, and intimidation of rights groups exposed the limits of government adherence to internationally recognized […]

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