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Philippines: NUJP calls for random inspections of Ampatuan jail

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:36AM UTC Roman Catholic priest Fr. Robert Reyes blesses the site of the massacre of 57 people including 32 journalists and staff at Maguindanao. Pic: AP.

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) wants random and unscheduled inspection of the detention facilities where the suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre are now being held.

Opinion: Post-coup oppression teaches Thais a lesson in human rights

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 3:19PM UTC Pic: AP.

In the past several weeks Thailand has witnessed a series of incidents that altogether signal the beginning of the public’s shift in perception. Slowly, Thais are becoming more and more concerned about the abuse of human rights, freedom and democracy. Now, Thai liberals have a reason to be optimistic despite the continuous oppression by the junta. A whiff of change is in the air.

Burma orders Irrawaddy publishing group to change name

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:43AM UTC Aung Zaw. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s former military government easily changed the name of the country’s mightiest river, but a magazine ordered to make the same change is putting up a fight.

Australia searches for answers after Sydney hostage tragedy

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:24PM UTC A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site of the siege. Pic: AP.

At 2am Sydney time police raided the Lindt cafe in the city’s central Martin Place to free hostages taken early Monday. Two hostages of the 17 are dead, as is the single gunman who held them, Man Haron Monis. Five of those 17 had previously escaped.

Indonesian editor-in-chief suspected of blasphemy

By Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:53AM UTC Indonesian editor-in-chief suspected of blasphemy

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have named editor in chief of a leading English-language newspaper a suspect in a blasphemy case after the paper published a cartoon that allegedly insults Islam.

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