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Myanmar: UN experts call rejection of Reuters appeal a "grave injustice"


UN GENEVA (25 April 2019) – UN human rights experts said the rejection by Myanmar’s Supreme Court of a final appeal by two jailed Reuters journalists was a grave injustice, and represented a dark day for media freedoms and democracy in the country.

On Tuesday, Myanmar’s top court rejected the appeal by Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who were jailed for seven years in connection with their investigation into the massacre of Rohingya men and boys at Inn Din village, Rakhine State, in 2017. Last week, they were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting.

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UN human rights expert to visit Cambodia


UN GENEVA/PHNOM PENH (24 April 2019) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, will visit the country from 29 April to 9 May 2019, at the invitation of the Royal Government.

"I will be focusing my mission on the current situation of human rights, and following up on the developments since my previous mission last November," Smith said. "I also aim to continue my examination of human rights with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals, looking in particular at non-discrimination and equality, and participation and accountability."

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Stand Up for Human Rights in Thailand – Join the Human Rights Defenders School 2019 Now


UN BANGKOK (19 April 2019) — Send your application now to the UN Human Rights Office in Bangkok to attend our Human Rights Defenders School Program, ten days of intensive training designed to enhance the capacity of mid-level human rights professionals in the country.

Since 2014, the Human Rights Defenders School has trained over 80 Thai human rights defenders, most of them women, and the number is growing. The programme is staged over two five-day periods at Mahidol University Salaya Campus in Nakorn Prathom province. Applicants are required to attend both training sessions. The first runs from 10 to 14 June 2019.

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East Timor’s commitment to customary justice and conservation sets examples for other countries


UN GENEVA (16 April 2019) — UN expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz calls on Timor-Leste to regulate development projects and to undertake consultations with all affected communities.

“I am impressed by the pride the Timorese take in their cultural heritage and how indigenous practices have translated into important gains in environmental protection and biodiversity,” she said. “These can serve as inspiring examples for other countries.”

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UN torture prevention body concludes visit to Sri Lanka


UN GENEVA (12 April 2019) — The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture completed its first visit to Sri Lanka from 2 to 12 April.

“We have received good cooperation during the visit, having access to all places of detention, getting all relevant information and performing confidential interviews. We look positively on Sri Lanka’s prospective development of a national preventive mechanism, as required under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Victor Zaharia, who led the four-member delegation.

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Press briefing note on Myanmar


UN GENEVA (5 April 2019) — The consequences of impunity in Myanmar will continue to be deadly, OHCHR Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani tells journalists.

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