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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
BANGKOK (14 December 2015) – On the third anniversary of the disappearance of human rights defender Sombath Somphone, representative of OHCHR’s Regional Office for South-East called on the Laos Government provide answers in the case. The following statement was delivered by the Deputy head of the Regional Office, Laurent Meillan, at a news conference arranged […]
BANGKOK (17 December 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) is seriously concerned by the arrest of well-known Vietnamese human rights defender Mr. Nguyen Van Dai, and calls for his immediate release. Dai, a prominent lawyer and founder of the Committee for Human Rights in Viet Nam, was arrested at […]
BANGKOK (24 November 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) calls for the immediate closure of a Bangkok military detention facility where two inmates died over the past month, and urges the Thai Government to include independent experts to join an investigation into the cases. OHCHR also calls on the […]
BANGKOK (9 October 2015) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia (OHCHR) notes with regret this week’s decision by the Malaysian Federal Court to reinstate Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment (1992) that criminalizes transgender women on the basis of their appearances, and subjects transgender women to fines […]