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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the Sunrise Initiative


UNBANGKOK (28 November 2018) - Dignitaries, representatives from the UN, international organisations, human rights defenders, civil society actors and university students came together to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through a film screening and a panel discussion on migration and human rights.

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Human Rights & Prevention of Violent Extremism: UN Deputy High Commissioner's speech given during the 18th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights


UNWhat we have done - what we are doing - in the name of preventing violent extremism must answer hate, not spread it; enhance personal security for people living insecure lives, not weaken it; be rooted in building trust and connection between and within communities, not tear trust down.

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Malaysia: UN Human Rights Office welcomes acquittals of Government critics as first step in observing freedom of expression


UNBANGKOK (2 August 2018) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomes the acquittal of political cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque (Zunar), member of parliament R. Sivarasa and lawyer N. Surendran by the Malaysian Session Court on Monday. All three men were charged under the Sedition Act in relation to statements made criticizing the prosecution and conviction of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in 2015.

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Myanmar: Discriminatory policies means no return for refugees anytime soon, says expert


UN GENEVA (9 July 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the Government’s failure to redress discriminatory laws against the Rohingya made it impossible for hundreds of thousands of refugees to return to their homes anytime soon.

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Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to flee violence


UN No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine – and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape.

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Myanmar: UN expert calls for ICC to probe "decades of crimes"


UNGENEVA (27 June 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has urged the Human Rights Council to support efforts to investigate and prosecute at the International Criminal Court those responsible for alleged crimes that have occurred for decades across the country.

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UN Human Rights Office expresses dismay at the resumption of death penalty in Thailand


UNBangkok (19 June 2018) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deeply regrets the execution of Mr. Theerasak Longji. The United Nations opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances as reiterated by the UN Secretary-General at many occasions.

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Zeid's message on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia


UNAs High Commissioner, I’m proud to stand up for the human rights of everyone, including all lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people. Many LGBTI people face violence and discrimination every day – they look to the United Nations and to our Office to uphold their fundamental rights.

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Thailand: UN experts condemn use of defamation laws to silence human rights defender Andy Hall


UNGENEVA (17 May 2018) – A group of UN human rights experts* has criticised the use of defamation legislation in Thailand to silence human rights defender Andy Hall and others who report business-related human rights abuses.

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The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical human rights issues


UNGENEVA (2 May 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and rights experts from around the world have joined forces to highlight growing threats to media independence and diversity worldwide, particularly those affecting digital outlets.

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The UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end restrictions on activists raising critical human rights issues


UNBANGKOK (02 May 2018) - The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by the restrictions imposed on civil society groups on Labor Day in relation the rights freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

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Cambodia: UN expert urges Government embrace final opportunity for “genuine” election


UNGENEVA (30 April 2018) - To ensure a genuine multi-party democracy in Cambodia which respects its citizens’ participation rights, the Government must immediately release detained opposition leaders and lift a ban on the opposition taking part in the July 29 general election, a UN expert says.

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Indonesia: Production increase must fulfil right to food for all, says UN expert


UNGENEVA (19 April 2018) - Indonesia's successful policies to increase rice production should be linked to fulfilling its obligation to the right to food for all, Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, has said.

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Indonesia: UN expert launches mission to assess the enjoyment of the right to food


UNGENEVA (4 April 2018) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, will visit Indonesia from 9 to 18 April 2018 to gather first-hand information on the country's food and agriculture policies that affects peoples' livelihoods.

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