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NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office welcomes Thailand decision to criminalize torture, enforced disappearances

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 […]

Media workshop: Writing about Human Rights

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 […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office deeply concerned by conviction over Facebook post in Cambodia

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 […]

NEWS RELEASE: In Thailand’s far south, OHCHR calls for protection of civilians and medics at all times

BANGKOK (11 March 2016) – Twelve years ago, prominent Thai human rights defender and lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit disappeared, last seen forced into a car with a group of men in Bangkok. Thailand’s leaders have admitted government involvement and pledged action in the case, but with little result. Somchai’s family and friends have themselves become victims […]

NEWS RELEASE: OHCHR calls on Thai authorities to drop all charges against student activists

BANGKOK (22 January 2016) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Thai military to drop all charges against 11 student activists arrested for violating a ban on political gatherings. Sirawit Seritiwat, a student activist with the New Democracy Movement, said he was apprehended by uniformed men near Thammasat University […]

NEWS RELEASE: OHCHR says encouraged by Cambodia decision to register Montagnards for refugee status

BANGKOK (21 January 2016) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) said on Thursday it was encouraged by the Cambodian Government’s pledge to assess the refugee claims of more than 170 Montagnards from Vietnam. OHCHR calls upon the Royal Government to process all the asylum claims in a fair and efficient […]