SouthEast Asia

(English) One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam

Me Nam, the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, has been detained for 148 days at the time of writing.

(English) On 10 October 2016, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam) was arrested while on her way to visit another rights defender in prison. Her arrest and ongoing detention should be seen as nothing more than persecution against her courageous defence of human rights. Today, on the one-year anniversary of Me Nam’s arbitrary arrest and detention, Civil Rights Defenders urges the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release her.

(English) Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights Must Raise Violations in Upcoming Visit to Myanmar

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a joint letter to Annika Ben David, Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights, urge that the following recommendations regarding widespread human rights violations are brought to the table in all dialogues with the Burmese Government. The trip on 22 May 2017 takes place in an atmosphere that has recently seen the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi reject a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

(English) Drop Farcical Investigation of Two Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia

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(English) In a joint statement, Civil Rights Defenders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation against two human rights defenders, Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak. Both human rights Defenders have been falsely accused of instigating violence during a peaceful demonstration in October 2016 .

(English) 2015 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Arrested in Vietnam

On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State.

(English) Yesterday, the Vietnamese Blogger, Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh was detained by the authorities in Khanh Hoa province of Vietnam accused of spreading propaganda against the State. Writing under the pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), Ms. Qunyh was the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. No trial date has been given, but if convicted, Me Nam could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years which is permitted under the current law.

(English) Open Letter- Criticising Proposed Law on Belief and Religion in Vietnam

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and scores of other civil society organisations have written to the President of the Vietnam National Assembly on Vietnam’s draft Law on Belief and Religion expressing their concerns regarding the proposed Law. The draft law, which has been revised several times has drawn strong criticism from many religious communities, is expected to be voted into law by the National Assembly at its session in October-November 2016.

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Against the backdrop of a growing and diversifying civil society movement, the Government of Vietnam continues to repress dissidents and human rights defenders and has taken steps in recent years to amend or introduce laws and regulations that impact on civil and political rights. A host of laws, regulations and decrees grant broad discretionary powers to officials to impose restrictions of basic rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and under international human rights law. The public consultation period before the adoption of a revised Constitution in 2013 saw significant public demand for rule of law reforms. The legislature has amended a number of laws in 2015, including the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and Civil Code. Laws on public assembly and on association are pending.

(English) Why a UNGA Resolution is Still Needed in Myanmar

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Our organizations believe that ending the resolution at this time would be premature, and that strong human rights monitoring mechanisms must remain in place to ensure Myanmar continues to press forward with much needed reforms

(English) Vietnam Should Cooperate with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

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(English) This week the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council begins in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam is in the final year of its three-year term as a council member. Yet its cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms remains weak. Arbitrary restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam are on-going, despite the country being a state party to multiple international human rights treaties.

(English) Vietnam: Call for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with six civil society organisations call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release two prisoners of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà. They were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for ‘Conducting propaganda against the state’. All efforts by family and legal counsel to visit the pair since their arrests have been denied.

(English) Will Myanmar’s Government Deliver on Human Rights Commitments?

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(English) In the days following Myanmar’s historic election it was fast apparent that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party NLD had taken a landslide victory. Will the NLD and their allies be able to effectively remedy a long legacy of human rights abuses? What hope is there for the persecuted minority group Rohingya when they appear to have no representation in the new government? Read Civil Rights Defenders’ Op Ed in The Huffington Post.

Myanmar har röstat för förändring

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Den 8 november röstade miljontals väljare i Myanmars historiska val. Efter nästan 50 år av militärt styre var euforin påtaglig och valdagen fortskred i stort sett utan rapporter om större oegentligheter eller våld. Valdeltagandet låg på omkring 84 procent och Aung San Suu Kyis NLD vann en jordskredsseger. Civil Rights Defenders var på plats för att dokumentera processen. Här kan du läsa vår summering och titta på bilder från valet.

(English) Civil Society Urges Obama to Press for the Release of Thich Quang Do

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with numerous other civil society organisations in a letter to President Obama have called on him to press for the release of Vietnam’s most long standing prisoner of conscience Thich Quang Do. President Obama is due to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the US – ASEAN and East Asia summits where he will have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

(English) How the Rohingya Have Been Excluded From the Elections

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(English) After almost five decades under despotic military rule, the people of Myanmar will head to the polls on November 8. But hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority group, have lost their right to vote, entrenching and deepening discrimination against them. Many Muslims and almost all Rohingya seeking to compete for Parliament have been effectively disqualified.


(English) Joint Statement of Concern on Draft Law on Religion

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 26 civil society organizations in calling for Vietnam’s government to comprehensively revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion to comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law, and to do so through broad-based and inclusive consultation. In its present form, the draft law places limitations on freedom of religion or belief that extend beyond those permitted under international human rights law that is binding on Vietnam.

(English) Published in the Irrawaddy: Human Rights Defenders Continue to Suffer in Burma

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(English) Min Min* has been actively promoting land rights issues for over two decades. In the late 1990s she was arrested and imprisoned for her political activities, and during her detention she was subjected to torture and severe abuse at the hands of authorities. After languishing in prison for years, she was finally released. Undeterred by her experience, she continued to pursue her rights activism.

Seminarie: Rohingyakrisen i Myanmar – Valet 2015 och framåt

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Myanmar befinner sig i ett vägskäl mellan politiska reformer och militärt styre. Civil Rights Defenders inbjuder dig att lyssna på Maung Zarni, burmesisk demokratiaktivist i exil, människorättskämpe och gästföreläsare i rasism, våld och folkmord på institutionen för global hälsa och socialmedicin vid Harvard Medical School. Under seminariet kommer han tala om förföljelsen av Rohingya och riskerna för framtiden, inte minst i samband med valet 2015.