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NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office in Bangkok welcomes new mandate on SOGI by Human Rights Council

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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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