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Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

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....

NKorea tells UN it’s ready to discuss human rights

By Sun, Sep 28, 2014 10:31AM UTC Comments Off NKorea tells UN it’s ready to discuss human rights

North Korea says it willing to cooperate with the U.N. and other international organizations on human rights, but is bristling at what it views as politicization of the issue by its arch enemy, the United States....

Red shirt activist accuses Thai military of ‘torture’ during detainment

By Mon, Aug 04, 2014 8:34AM UTC Comments Off Thai red shirt activist Kritsuda Khunasem during on YouTube interview, in which she accuses the Thai military junta of torture during her detainment in June 2014. (Screenshot: YouTube)

A young Thai activist for the red shirt movement, who was detained by the military junta shortly after the coup under suspicious circumstances and released after much public attention about her whereabouts, has accused that she was physically assaulted and mentally abused during her detention. ...

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