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NEWS RELEASE: UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar exposes military business ties, calls for sanctions, arms embargoes

GENEVA (5 August 2019) – The U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar urged the international community on Monday to sever ties with Myanmar’s military and the vast web of companies it controls and relies on. The Mission said the revenues the military earns from domestic and foreign business deals substantially enhances its ability to […]

NEWS RELEASE: Leave Behind Prejudice and Fear to Change Narrative on Migration

BANGKOK (19 June 2019) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is calling for a human rights-based approach to refugee movements in Asia that emphasizes shared values over differences which fuel fear and prejudice of migrants. Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the UN Human Rights Office Regional Representative, Cynthia Veliko, […]

MEDIA STATEMENT: “Without fear of violence, intimidation or reprisals” – Protecting the work of environmental defenders

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019 BANGKOK (5 June 2019) – On World Environment Day, the UN Human Rights Office Representative for South-East Asia, Cynthia Veliko, calls on all regional Governments to protect the ability of environmental defenders to freely exercise their rights without fear of violence, intimidation or reprisals: “On World Environment Day, […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar urges financial isolation of Myanmar military

GENEVA (14 May 2019) – The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) urged the international community on Tuesday to cut off all financial and other support to Myanmar’s military, saying its commanders need to be isolated and brought before a credible court to answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office urges Thailand to enact torture and disappearance law

BANGKOK (20 December 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on the Royal Thai Government to ensure that the proposed law criminalising torture and enforced disappearance fully meets international standards. The Regional Office understands that a draft law has been re-submitted to the National Legislative Assembly for consideration and promulgation. Despite […]

NEWS RELEASE: The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on the Singaporean Government to halt the imminent execution

BANGKOK (24 October 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on the Singaporean Government to halt the imminent execution of Malaysian national Prabu N Pathmanathan for a drug-related offence, and urges the Government to immediately instate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. On 19 October 2018, Mr. Prabu […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office expresses dismay at the resumption of death penalty in Thailand

Bangkok (19 June 2018) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) deeply regrets the execution of Mr. Theerasak Longji. The United Nations opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances as reiterated by the UN Secretary-General at many occasions. Yesterday evening, the Department of Corrections publicly announced that Mr. Theerasak, 26-year […]

STATEMENT: Thailand – Activists

“Between 21 to 22 May, the UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia, together with other UN offices, observed a peaceful assembly organized by “Individuals Who Want Election”, a group of political and young activists that have been holding consecutive assemblies calling for a general election to be held by the end of 2018. UN […]