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 […]
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BANGKOK (29 July 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) said on Friday it was concerned by the entry into force in Malaysia of the National Security Council (NSC) Act which gives the Prime Minister sweeping security powers and could restrict civil liberties. The Act, which comes into effect on 1 […]
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 […]
BANGKOK (25 May 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) welcomes the decision by the Thai Government to enact a law to criminalize torture and enforced disappearances, and to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. “These decisions by the Government are positive steps toward […]
BANGKOK (5 May 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) expressed concern on Thursday over the impact of mysterious mass fish deaths along Viet Nam’s central coast on the enjoyment of human rights in the country, in particular the right to health and food. The Regional Office is also concerned about […]
JAKARTA (3 May 2016) – “There should be more regional co-operation and networking between journalists to cover cross-border issues, and more journalism-skills training for journalists on how to cover rights issues in a more appealing way.” – Participant (name withheld on request), UN workshop on human rights reporting. Journalists, civil society groups and government officials […]
BANGKOK (5 April 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is concerned by the Singapore Court of Appeal’s decision on Tuesday to uphold the death sentence given to Kho Jabing of Malaysia and urges the Government to immediately establish a moratorium on capital punishment. “We are gravely concerned that Mr. Kho […]
BANGKOK (24 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is very concerned by the conviction of well-known Vietnamese political blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy on anti-state charges. The OHCHR Regional Office also expressed concern about the conduct of the hearing, and its respect for […]
BANGKOK (18 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is deeply concerned by the conviction handed down by a Cambodian court against university student, Kong Raya, over anti-government remarks he posted on Facebook. Mr. Raya was charged with incitement to commit a felony or to disturb social security over a […]
BANGKOK (16 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deplores the recent actions of armed insurgents who took over a public hospital in the far south of Thailand and used it to launch an attack against government forces. Hospitals, medical units and medical personnel are protected under international humanitarian law, […]