News Releases 2014


UN Human Rights Office welcomes treaty ratifications in Viet Nam


Vietnamflag.BANGKOK (9 December 2014) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) today welcomed the decision by the National Assembly of Viet Nam on 28 November to ratify the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more...

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes on Malaysia


Vietnamflag.GENEVA (14 November 2014) - We welcome the 7 November judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declares unconstitutional section 66 of the Syariah Criminal Enactment of Negeri Sembilan State. Read more...

Media Advisory: UN expert to focus on the right to health in Malaysia


Vietnamflag.KUALA LUMPUR / GENEVA (14 November 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pûras will visit Malaysia from 19 November to 2 December 2014 to make an independent assessment of the realization of the right to health in the country. Read more...

UN Secretary General expressed his concern at the continuation of martial law in Thailand


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Criminal Defamation Case against Loei Human Rights Defenders

thaiflag.BANGKOK (31 October 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is seriously concerned that criminal defamation is being used in Thailand as a means to pressure human rights defenders. Read more...

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar's Report to the 69th Session of the General Assembly


Myanmarflag.NEW YORK (23 September 2014) Please note that the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to the 69th Session of the General Assembly has been posted on line here.

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Human rights analysis of the 2014 Interim Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand


thaiflag.Ahead of drafting of the new constitution in Thailand, OHCHR has produced a note on human rights analysis of the 2014 Interim Constitution. Read more...

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OHCHR Press Briefing Notes on Thailand


thaiflag. GENEVA (23 September 2014) - We are very disappointed by the decision of an appellate court in Thailand the conviction and sentencing of the editor and activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk in Thailand on 19 September. Mr. Somyot, the editor of Voice of Thaksin magazine, was convicted under the lèse majesté law after the magazine published two articles deemed offensive to the King. In 2013, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison, and the sentence was upheld on Friday. The authorities reportedly did not inform Mr. Somyot’s lawyer or his family of the date of the appeal verdict, thereby preventing them from attending the court. Read more...

Increasing restrictions on human rights defenders in Thailand


thaiflag. BANGKOK (3 September 2014) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) is seriously concerned about increasing restrictions on human rights defenders in exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and expression in Thailand. Read more...

UN Human Rights Office concerned wiht the conviction of three human rights defenders in Viet Nam


Vietnamflag. BANGKOK (29 August 2014) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned that a court in Viet Nam has convicted and imprisoned three human rights defenders for their peaceful human rights work. On 26 August 2014, the Dong Thap Provincial People’s Court sentenced Ms. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Mr. Nguyen Van Minh to between two and three years in prison on charges of “disturbing public order” under Article 245 of the Penal Code. Read more...

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes on Thailand


thaiflag.GENEVA (19 August 2014) - We are seriously concerned about the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country's lèse majesté law. Such measures are adding to the larger pattern of increasing restrictions on freedom of expression in Thailand. Since the 22 May coup, at least 13 new lèse majesté cases have been opened for investigation while other cases where charges had previously not been laid, have been revived. Read more...

OHCHR welcomes arrest of Palparan


Philippinesflag.BANGKOK (13 August 2014) - We welcome the arrest by the Filipino Army of former maj. general Jovito Palparan, which represents an important step towards addressing impunity for serious human rights abuses in the Philippines. Read more...

OHCHR Press Briefing Notes on Thailand


thaiflag.GENEVA (5 August 2014) - We have been very concerned by the methods of arrest and detention of politicians, activists, academics and journalists following the military coup in Thailand in May this year.

Since 22 May 2014, more than 700 individuals have been summoned and arrested by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). While most of them were released within a week in accordance with martial law, an unverified number of people were detained for more than seven days without access to lawyers and their families. We have been concerned that incommunicado detention creates the environment for possible human rights abuses, including torture and ill-treatment. Read more...

Autonomy of religious communities, a crucial test for the development of religious freedom in Viet Nam


Vietnamflag.HANOI (31 July 2014) – Religious communities in Viet Nam should be able to operate also outside of the officially established channels for religious practice, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said today at the end of an official visit* to the country. Read more...

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Myanmar: UN expert warns against possible backtracking, calls for more public freedoms


Myanmarflag.GENEVA (28 July 2014) - Following a ten-day visit* to the country, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee, urged the authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years and called for more public freedoms. Read more...

United Nations Human Rights Office very concerned by the resumption of executions in Singapore


Singaporeflag.BANGKOK (22 July 2014) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) today expressed deep concerns over the resumption of executions in Singapore after 3 years of suspension, despite the overwhelming global trend towards abolishing the death penalty. Last Friday, the Central Narcotics Bureau of Singapore announced the execution of two individuals convicted for drug offences. Reportedly, 23 detainees remain on death row in Singapore, many of them being convicted for drug-related offences. Read more...

Defending the environment: an increasingly deadly preoccupation


Thaienvironment.The UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox, the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Human Rights Office have joined forces to develop a more systematic approach to safeguarding the rights of environmental defenders. Read more...

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Media Advisory: Thailand to be reviewed by UN Committee Against Torture


thaiflag. GENEVA (23 April 2014) - The UN Committee Against Torture is due to review Thailand’s record for the first time on 30 April and 1 May in sessions that will be webcast live. Read more...

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Thailand: 10 years after Somchai’s disappearance, family still awaiting truth and justice


thaiflag. GENEVA (12 March 2014) – A group of United Nations independent experts* today called on the Government of Thailand to establish the truth and hold criminally responsible the perpetrators of the disappearance of human rights defender Somchai Neelaphaijit. On the 10th anniversary of his disappearance, the experts said the investigations on the case remain inconclusive and warned that the authorities may close the legal proceedings. Read more...

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United Nations Human Rights Office highly concerned by violence at protest sites


thaiflag. BANGKOK (21 February 2014) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia(OHCHR) expressed deep concern about the violence that erupted between anti-government groups and the police near the Phan Fah Bridge in Bangkok on Tuesday. Read more...

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United Nations Human Rights Office concerned about violent clashes in the context of political demonstrations


thaiflag. BANGKOK (04 February 2014) - The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR)today expressed concern about a confrontation between anti-government and pro-election groups on 1 February near the Laksi District Office which involved the use of firearms. The incident reportedly left eight individuals injured. Read more...

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United Nations Human Rights Office urges all to respect the rights of others


BANGKOK (24 January 2014) - Since 13 January, the United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) has deployed a small team to monitor human rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, in the current situation in Bangkok. The team has been visiting various locations, including demonstration sites and police stations, to discuss violence prevention, solicit views and collect information. Read more...