Indonesian Activists Protest Treatment of Men Arrested in Police Raid on Gay Club

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A coalition of nongovernmental organizations that is criticizing Jakarta police for the arrest of 141 gay men held a press conference on Tuesday to say the officers deliberately humiliated the men by taking them while naked to the police station, photographing them, then distributing the nude pictures on social media where the images went viral on Monday. Police denied the …

Human Rights in Burma 2016

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When it comes to human rights, Burma has made historic progress since 2011, but significant challenges remain. In April of last year, following a peaceful and competitive election, the National League for Democracy, the then-opposition party chaired by former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, began its five-year term in government. The new government promptly released hundreds of political prisoners …

Rights Abuses Remain Abysmal in North Korea

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The human rights situation in North Korea remains abysmal. So says the most recent report sent by the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Congress. Indeed, the report states that serious human rights abuses committed by North Korea include extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, and prolonged arbitrary detention, as well as rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. Many of …

Ruling Party Youth Responsible for Violence Across Burundi:© 2005 by Human Rights Watch.

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The name Imbonerakure means “those who see far” in Kirundi, the primary language of Burundi; but, Human Rights Watch says what it sees is the ruling party’s youth league committing atrocities across the country. In a new report, HRW accuses Burundi’s government of refusing to prosecute or rein in the Imbonerakure, which the rights group says should be held responsible for …

Deteriorating Outlook for Human Rights in SE Asia:HRW

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) annual report released Thursday says Southeast Asia was marked by a deterioration in human rights, with special concerns over Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia. The rights report pointed to a tightening grip on media and communications by governments through cybercrime laws, sedition and further limits on freedom of speech. Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights …

U.N. Human Rights Body Wants Vietnam to Free Dissidents

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The United Nations human rights monitor for Southeast Asia called on Vietnam to release three rights advocates who were detained by the government and to investigate allegations that the trio were tortured while in custody. In its statement issued Tuesday, the U.N. Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia said prominent blogger Ho Van Hai and two political activists pushing for …

Strategy to Improve Human Rights in N. Korea

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The United States is fully committed to an effective response to North Korea’s atrocious human rights record. “This year marks a milestone for U.S. policy regarding human rights in North Korea,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Scott Busby. North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive countries. Under its leader Kim Jong Un, the …