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NEWS RELEASE: Asia – Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19

GENEVA (3 June 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of expression in parts of the Asia-Pacific during the COVID-19 crisis, saying any actions taken to stop the spread of false information must be proportionate. Many countries in the region already have laws governing alleged […]

Principles for Regional Human Rights Mechanisms (Non-Paper)

Principles for Regional Human Rights Mechanisms | OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia – Bangkok Home » ASEAN Principles for Regional Human Rights Mechanisms (Non-Paper) A regional human rights mechanism shall be mandated to independently promote and protect human rights in accordance with the human rights commitments of the individual States Parties, with the following […]

NEWS RELEASE: Malaysia / COVID-19: “Stop crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society” – UN rights experts

GENEVA (21 May 2020) – The government of Malaysia must halt an ongoing crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly oppose xenophobia and hate speech against migrants, UN experts said today. “I am alarmed by what is happening in Malaysia after the initially […]

NEWS RELEASE: Indigenous and environmental rights must be respected in Philippines mine standoff, UN experts say

GENEVA (30 April 2020) – A group of UN experts* urged the Philippines government not to discriminate against indigenous peoples in favour of business interests and when enforcing anti-COVID19 measures. On 6 April, around 100 police forcibly dispersed some 30 indigenous and environment defenders who were blocking three fuel tankers from entering Oceanagold Didipio mining […]