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China opposes sending North Korea to international court

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 7:11PM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — China says it's against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record. The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee is considering a resolution calling on the Security Council to take that step, citing the North's dismal and well-documented record of sprawling political prison camps, starvation and mass executions....

Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:25AM UTC Comments Off

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights watchdog says many women from Asia and Africa employed as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates are exploited and abused in slave-like conditions....

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC Comments Off Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” -- accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns -- but there is some cause to believe that may be changing...

Burma’s failed promise

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:23PM UTC Comments Off Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political reforms in 2011 and released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, is in depressing danger of failure. ...

US: Human rights criticism needles North Korea

By Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:26AM UTC Comments Off

A U.S. official says North Korea is coming out of its shell as it scrambles to fight back against international criticism of its human rights record....

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