BANGKOK (4 May 2017) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Thai Government to halt the practice of arbitrary detention of political activists, and to immediately release six people recently charged with criticising authorities. On 29 April 2017, two political activists – Mr. Danai Tibsuya, a former military officer […]
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BANGKOK (15 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the executions of Malaysian brothers, Suthar Batumalai and B. Rames Batumalai,expressing concerns that the judicial procedures in their case did not fulfil the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process. The two brothers, who were convicted of murder in […]
BANGKOK (7 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomes the decision by the Thai military to withdraw all charges against three prominent human rights defenders who documented allegations of torture. The Director of the Cross-Cultural Foundation, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Anchana Heemmina, founder of the Duay Jai Group, and Somchai Homla-or, a […]
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 […]
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 […]
BANGKOK (22 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia expressed serious concern on Monday about the arrests of three Vietnamese human rights activists in Ho Chi Minh City over the past three weeks, and called for their immediate release from detention. The UN Human Rights Office said it was also deeply […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]