OHCHR calls for Thailand to stop civilian detentions in military barracks
BANGKOK (24 November 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) calls for the immediate closure of a Bangkok military detention facility where two inmates died over the past month, and urges the Thai Government to include independent experts to join an investigation into the cases.
Political crackdown in Cambodia reaching dangerous tipping point - UN rights expert
GENEVA (23 November 2015) –The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, today expressed her deep concern about the breakdown in the political dialogue between Cambodia’s main political parties given its implications for human rights of the Cambodian people.
OHCHR deeply concerned about deportation of 2 Chinese activists by Thai authorities
GENEVA (20 November 2015) – The UN Human Rights Office is deeply concerned about the deportation of two Chinese activists – both of whom are recognised refugees – by the Thai authorities, and the risks associated with their being sent back to China, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday.
OHCHR alarmed at reports 9 North Korean nationals arrested in Viet Nam
GENEVA (20 November 2015) – The UN Human Rights Office is alarmed at reports that nine North Korean nationals, including a one-year-old infant and a teenager, were arrested in Viet Nam last month and subsequently transferred to China, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday.
Committee against Torture considers report of China
GENEVA (18 November 2015) – The Committee against Torture concluded this afternoon its consideration of the fifth periodic report of China, including Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
Secretary-General concerned by increasing political tensions in Cambodia
NEW YORK (17 November 2015) - The Secretary-General is following with concern the increasing tensions between the ruling party and the opposition in Cambodia.
“No turning back in Myanmar,” says UN human rights expert
GENEVA (16 November 2015) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee today welcomed the recent elections in Myanmar as “a new chapter in the country’s history” and reaffirmed her commitment to work with all parties to improve the human rights situation for all in Myanmar. “The people have expressed the will for change. There is no turning back now,” Ms. Lee stressed.
Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Timor-Leste
GENEVA (11 November 2015) - The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined second and third periodic report of Timor-Leste on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
People and leaders of Myanmar can build better future, says Ban
NEW YORK (12 November 2015) – Welcoming this past weekend’s elections as “a significant achievement in Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended warm congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for their landmark performance at the polls and to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for its dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people.
PHOTOS: Voters patiently queuing to cast their ballot at a Polling Station in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Region (left); A voter’s indelible ink-marking on his/her little-finger after casting their ballot. Photos: OHCHR
UN chief: I will never stop calling for end to death penalty
NEW YORK (5 November 2015) – Vowing to never stop calling for an end to the death penalty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said studies have proven that those who are poor, mentally disabled, and/or are minorities are at higher risk of receiving the death sentence, regardless of guilt or innocence.
PHOTO: Kirk Bloodsworth (right), the first person to be sentenced to death and then subsequently exonerated, speaking during the launch of the book, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looks on.
Universal Periodic Review: Myanmar's human rights record
The twenty-third session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 2 to 13 November during which the next group of 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined under this mechanism.
UN Special Advisers' Statement on Myanmar
Statement by Adama Dieng, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, on the upcoming elections in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review
GENEVA (3 November 2015) – Myanmar’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Friday 6 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
UN chief concerned by hate speech ahead of Myanmar elections
NEW YORK (1 November 2015) – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern at the continuous resort to hate speech, provocation of communal hostilities and the abuse of religion for political purposes, incited by “extreme element among the majority community in Myanmar”. Read more.
Press Briefing: Worsening climate for opposition politicians in Cambodia
GENEVA (30 October 2015) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights notes the worsening conditions for opposition politicians and activists in Cambodia in light of the recent physical attacks on opposition MPs that left them in the hospital. OHCHR stresses that "the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression belongs to all individuals, regardless of their political or other opinion. Read more.
Human rights must be at heart of election in Myanmar - UN expert
NEW YORK/GENEVA (29 October 2015) – UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called on all those in positions of authority in Myanmar to ensure that respect for the human rights of all must be at the core of the historic elections due to take place in 10 days’ time.
OHCHR concerned by criminalization of transgender women in Malaysia
BANGKOK (9 October 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) notes with regret this week's decision by the Malaysian Federal Court to reinstate Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment (1992) that criminalizes transgender women on the basis of their appearances, and subjects transgender women to fines and up to six months imprisonment. Read more...
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