GENEVA (15 July 2020) – The UN’s new Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has questioned whether this year’s elections scheduled for November will be free and fair. “The people of Myanmar deserve a free and fair election this November,” Thomas Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council, “and this includes respect for the […]
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SUVA (10 July 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are calling on Pacific States to ensure that all migrants are provided with access to basic healthcare and essential income support, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Of particular concern is the situation of temporary seasonal […]
GENEVA (25 June 2020) – One year ago, 11 UN human rights experts jointly called on the Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines. The Human Rights Council adopted Resolution 41/2 which requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a comprehensive written report on the […]
BANGKOK (19 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia urged Myanmar’s Government today to end an internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States that has been imposed for a year, warning the unprecedented internet blackout was now also endangering the lives of vulnerable civilians facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Myanmar’s Ministry of […]
GENEVA (16 June 2020) – The UN independent expert on freedom of expression has condemned a Philippine court’s conviction of journalist Maria Ressa, saying the nation’s higher courts had a responsibility to reverse the verdict. “The conviction marks a new low in the Philippines’ protection of the freedom of expression and, in particular, the ability […]
Thai version below อ่านภาษาไทยด้านล่าง BANGKOK (8 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomed the acquittal Monday of two human rights defenders who had been charged with criminal defamation by Thai poultry producer Thammakaset. The Bangkok Criminal Court reached a verdict in the case against Nan Win, a former migrant worker […]
World Environment Day – 5 June 2020 BANGKOK/SUVA (5 June 2020) – Governments across the Asia-Pacific region must step up their efforts to prevent human rights impacts from environmental damage amid the COVID-19 crisis with stronger environmental laws and better enforcement, the UN Human Rights Offices for South-East Asia and the Pacific said on World […]