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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 […]

NEWS RELEASE: OHCHR calls for Laos Govt to provide answers in Sombath case

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 […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned by criminalization of transgender women in Malaysia

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 […]