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NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office welcomes orderly communal vote in Cambodia, calls for re-opening civil society space

BANGKOK (7 June 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomed the orderly conduct of voting in the communal elections held across Cambodia on 4 June, and expressed hope that the smooth and peaceful poll bodes well for the democratic process ahead of next year’s general election. “We are pleased to have […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office urges Malaysian Government to investigate disappearance cases of religious community workers

BANGKOK (23 May 2017) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia expresses serious concern regarding the recent disappearances of community workers Amri Che Mat and Raymond Keng Joo Koh, and urges Malaysian authorities to urgently investigate the abductions of the two men associated with religious minority groups. Mr. Che Mat, founder of […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned by arrests of three Turkish nationals in Malaysia on security related charges

BANGKOK (5 May 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia on Friday expressed serious concern about the arrests in Malaysia of three Turkish nationals on security related charges, and urges the Malaysian Government to refrain from deporting them to Turkey. “There are concerns that these men may have been targeted over their […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office calls on Thailand to end arbitrary arrests and detentions of political activists

BANGKOK (4 May 2017) – The United Nations Human Rights Office for South-East Asia (OHCHR) urges the Thai Government to halt the practice of arbitrary detention of political activists, and to immediately release six people recently charged with criticising authorities. On 29 April 2017, two political activists – Mr. Danai Tibsuya, a former military officer […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office condemns secretive executions of two brothers in Malaysia

BANGKOK (15 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia condemns the executions of Malaysian brothers, Suthar Batumalai and B. Rames Batumalai,expressing concerns that the judicial procedures in their case did not fulfil the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process. The two brothers, who were convicted of murder in […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office hails decision by Thailand to drop cases against three leading human rights defenders

BANGKOK (7 March 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomes the decision by the Thai military to withdraw all charges against three prominent human rights defenders who documented allegations of torture. The Director of the Cross-Cultural Foundation, Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Anchana Heemmina, founder of the Duay Jai Group, and Somchai Homla-or, a […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned by Malaysia conviction over film screening

BANGKOK (22 February 2017) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia is concerned by a Malaysian court’s conviction of human rights activist Lena Hendry over a private  screening of a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war, and the chilling effect on the exercise of freedom of expression and assembly. Hendry was found […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office concerned that killers of Thai activists not brought to justice

BANGKOK (28 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia expressed concern about the number of failed prosecutions involving murder cases of land rights activists in the South of Thailand, amid increasing restrictions on rights activists. Speaking after the Region 8 Appellate Court in Surat Thani upheld a decision of the Provincial […]

NEWS RELEASE: UN Human Rights Office calls on Singapore to halt execution of Nigerian national

BANGKOK (17 November 2016) – The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia calls on Singapore to urgently halt the scheduled execution of Nigerian national Chijioke Stephen Obioha, and urges the Government to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the use of the death penalty. Chijioke Stephen Obioha, who was sentenced to death for drug trafficking […]

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