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UN experts say constitutional changes in Cambodia impinge on democracy


Cambodiaflag GENEVA (20 February 2018) – Two UN human rights experts expressed their grave concern about proposed changes to Cambodia's Constitution which would impose far-reaching limits on democracy ahead of a national election this year, and beyond.

The changes, along with other proposed changes to domestic law including a lese majeste provision making it illegal to insult the monarchy, were adopted by the lower chamber... Read more...

Drug-related offences, criminal justice responses and the death penalty in South East Asia


UNBANGKOK (19 February 2018) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour will convene a meeting of international experts in Bangkok to discuss the human rights dimensions of the criminal justice response to the drug problem in South East Asia, including the application of the death penalty.

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Women's rights: UN Committee to review Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Fiji, and Marshall Islands


UNBANGKOK (16 February 2018) - The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 19 February to 9 March 2018 to review women's rights in Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Fiji, and Marshall Islands in the South East Asia and South Pacific regions.

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UN Human Rights Chief ends visit to Indonesia - Full statement


Zeid at IndonesiaJAKARTA / BANGKOK (7 February 2018) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today closed at a press conference his official visits to Indonesia from 5 to 7 February.

“There are some dark clouds on the horizon but I am encouraged by the positive momentum and hope the common sense and strong tradition of tolerance of the Indonesian people will prevail over populism and political opportunism,” Zeid said. Read more... Read the Bahasa Indonesia version

UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - The Jakarta Conversation


ZeidBANGKOK (5 February 2018) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein started today his official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, urging all governments to employ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - in its totality - as a guide to law and policy.

“The way to ensure we peacefully co-exist is greater justice...” Read more...

UN Human Rights Chief to visit Indonesia (5-7 Feb), Papua New Guinea (8 Feb) and Fiji (9-12 Feb)


Zeid BANGKOK (2 February 2018) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday begins official visits to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, at the invitation of the respective governments.

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Time to end leprosy stigma, says new UN human rights expert - World Leprosy Day, 28 January 2018


Philippines GENEVA (25 January 2018) - People affected by leprosy continue to suffer discrimination and lack of access to medical care, a newly appointed UN human rights expert specialising in the disease has warned, citing latest statistics that show over 200,000 new cases a year.

“No one with leprosy needs to be left with disabilities. The disease can be easily cured with multidrug therapy if it is detected and treated early enough...” Read more...

UN experts express serious alarm at effort to shut down independent media outlet in the Philippines


Philippines GENEVA (25 January 2018) - The Philippines Government must halt moves to shut down independent news website Rappler, a group of UN human rights experts have said.

“We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler’s licence,” said the three Special Rapporteurs in a joint statement. Read more...

Who is the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee?


TimorLestF BANGKOK (25 January 2018) - In December 2017, the Government of Myanmar informed Yanhee Lee that all access to the country has been denied and cooperation withdrawn for the duration of her mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar.

"I have a responsibility to speak on behalf of these victims, and I will not be deterred..." Read more...

UN experts: Davos should address global risks rooted in human rights abuse


ECONOMIC FORUM GENEVA (23 January 2018) - As global leaders converge in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a group of United Nations experts called attention to the critical importance of human rights to the Forum’s objective of "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World".

"The inclusion of human rights objectives into political and economic decisions are crucial if economic reforms are to tackle the root causes of populism, global unrest, climate change and inequality..." Read more...

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar to visit Bangladesh and Thailand - 18 to 30 January


Myanmar GENEVA (16 January 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will visit the country’s neighbours Bangladesh and Thailand from January 18, vowing to fulfill her mandate despite the Government’s refusal to work with her.

"I am determined to carry on - to the best of my ability - this very important task of helping the victims of human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar, as mandated to me by the United Nations system..." Read more...

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