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NEWS RELEASE: Protecting the human rights of migrants in the Pacific essential in COVID-19 recovery process, UN agencies say

SUVA (10 July 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are calling on Pacific States to ensure that all migrants are provided with access to basic healthcare and essential income support, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of particular concern is the situation of temporary seasonal […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN human rights experts renew call for an on-the-ground independent, impartial investigation

GENEVA (25 June 2020) – One year ago, 11 UN human rights experts jointly called on the Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines. The Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 41/2 which requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a comprehensive written report on the […]

NEWS RELEASE – UN Human Rights Office urges Myanmar to restore internet access in Rakhine, Chin States amid COVID-19 pandemic

BANGKOK (19 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia urged Myanmar’s Government today to end an internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States that has been imposed for a year, warning the unprecedented internet blackout was now also endangering the lives of vulnerable civilians facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Myanmar’s Ministry of […]

NEWS RELEASE: Philippines – UN expert decries conviction of journalists, urges reversal

GENEVA (16 June 2020) – The UN independent expert on freedom of expression has condemned a Philippine court’s conviction of journalist Maria Ressa, saying the nation’s higher courts had a responsibility to reverse the verdict. “The conviction marks a new low in the Philippines’ protection of the freedom of expression and, in particular, the ability […]

NEWS RELEASE – Thailand: UN Human Rights Office welcomes acquittal of human rights defenders

Thai version below อ่านภาษาไทยด้านล่าง BANGKOK (8 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomed the acquittal Monday of two human rights defenders who had been charged with criminal defamation by Thai poultry producer Thammakaset. The Bangkok Criminal Court reached a verdict in the case against Nan Win, a former migrant worker […]

Governments across Asia-Pacific must step up efforts to protect human rights in the environment, UN Human Rights Offices say

World Environment Day – 5 June 2020 BANGKOK/SUVA (5 June 2020) – Governments across the Asia-Pacific region must step up their efforts to prevent human rights impacts from environmental damage amid the COVID-19 crisis with stronger environmental laws and better enforcement, the UN Human Rights Offices for South-East Asia and the Pacific said on World […]

NEWS RELEASE: Asia – Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19

GENEVA (3 June 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of expression in parts of the Asia-Pacific during the COVID-19 crisis, saying any actions taken to stop the spread of false information must be proportionate. Many countries in the region already have laws governing alleged […]

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