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NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned by Malaysia conviction over film screening

BANGKOK (22 February 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by a Malaysian court’s conviction of human rights activist Lena Hendry over a private  screening of a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war, and the chilling effect on the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly. Hendry was found […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned that killers of Thai activists not brought to justice

BANGKOK (28 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia expressed concern about the number of failed prosecutions involving murder cases of land rights activists in the South of Thailand, amid increasing restrictions on rights activists. Speaking after the Region 8 Appellate Court in Surat Thani upheld a decision of the Provincial […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office calls on Singapore to halt execution of Nigerian national

BANGKOK (17 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on Singapore to urgently halt the scheduled execution of Nigerian national Chijioke Stephen Obioha, and urges the Government to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. Chijioke Stephen Obioha, who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office welcomes the Supreme Court decision to dismiss criminal defamation case of labour rights activist

BANGKOK (03 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-EastAsia (OHCHR) welcomes the Supreme Courts decision today to dismiss criminal defamation case against the labour rights activist Mr. Andy Hall. Mr. Hall was sued by the Thai Company Natural Fruit in relation to an interview he gave to Al-Jazeera in Myanmar in April […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office congratulates prominent Thai academic on becoming UN’s first SOGI Independent Expert

BANGKOK (30 September 2016) – The South-East Asia Regional Office of UN Human Rights congratulates Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, from Thailand, on his appointment as the first ever UN Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)”. More than 600 non-governmental organizations from over 150 countries advocated […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned by sentencing of labour rights activist by Bangkok court

BANGKOK (20 September 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR)is concerned by the Bangkok Criminal Court’s decision on Tuesday to sentence labour rights activist Mr. Andy Hall to three years imprisonment, suspended for two years. Mr. Hall was sued by the Thai Company Natural Fruit on criminal defamation and Computer Crimes […]

NEWS RELEASE – UN Human Rights Office welcomes Thailand decision to end prosecution of civilians in military courts

BANGKOK (13 September 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) welcomes the decision by the Thai Government to stop prosecuting civilian cases concerning security, sedition and lèse-majesté in military courts, ending a practice introduced after the military coup in 2014. The High Commissioner for Human Rights had repeatedly expressed his concerns […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office in Bangkok welcomes new mandate on SOGI by Human Rights Council

BANGKOK (1 July 2016) – The UN Human Rights for South-East Asia welcomes the decision by the Human Rights Council to appoint an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and calls on all states in the region to fully support the new mandate. The Independent […]