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<p><span>On April 3, the Criminal Court sentenced Suwicha Takor to 10 years in prison for his violations of the constitution, the Criminal Code and the Computer Related Crime law.</span></p>
<p>In June 2008 after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Burma delta, a group of homeless residents went to request assistance from offices of international agencies in Rangoon. At that time, two reporters for local news journals went along with them. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in this appeal is bringing you details of the subsequent arrest of the journalists along with the residents, and imprisonment of the two journalists on trumped-up charges. They are among a number of persons sentenced because they tried to help cyclone victims. </p>
<p>On March 30, PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul spoke to reporters about Thaksin&#39;s address to the red-shirted crowd attacking the 2006 coup masterminds, including Privy Councilor Gen Surayud Chulanond and Surayud&#39;s subsequent response. <span>&nbsp;</span>&lsquo;I have no comment.<span>&nbsp; </span>No matter what Mr Surayud has to say, I have had no comment [about him] since he was Prime Minister.&#39;&nbsp;<span>&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>On Apr 1, Aree Jiworarak, Director of the Information Technology Supervision Office under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, said the Ministry&#39;s recently established Internet Security Operations Centre (ISOC) had blocked over 7,000 improper URLs or web pages, which included 1,403 culturally and morally offensive pornographic pages.</p>
<p>30 March 2009: The Pattani office of the Working Group on Justice for Peace was once again visited by a group of soldiers from Special Taskforce Unit 23 of Pattani. This time the group of soldiers, comprised of 4 uniformed and armed men, under the command of 1st Lt Benja Manochai, deputy chief of Special Taskforce 23, came to the office on 29 March 2009 at 11 am and stayed until 1pm interrogating staff. They asked the staff questions regarding the following</p>
<p>Today, to mark the 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary of our founding, SWAN is launching a publication: &quot;SWAN: A 10-Year Journey&quot; as well as the Burmese, Shan and Thai versions of our website. We are also holding a community event on the Thai-Shan border, including an exhibition, cultural activities and the screening of a docudrama on SWAN&#39;s education program for displaced children.&nbsp;</p>
<p>On March 17, five years to the week of the disappearance of human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit at the hands of police officers, the ambassador of Thailand to the United Nations Human Rights Council insisted that his government is doing all that it can to conclude the case. Responding to the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Sihasak Phuangketkeow said that the government &quot;attaches the highest priority&quot; to solving the disappearance. </p>
By Southeast Asian Press Alliance |
<p>The undersigned representatives of media advocacy and journalists&#39;groups in Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, who converged in Manila from March 21 to 24 on a special mission sponsored by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) to mark the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Sultan Kudarat journalist Marlene Esperat, are alarmed by the continuing killing of media workers in the Philippines and the inadequate measures the government is taking to stop them.</p>
<p>The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the announcement that the Chief Justice has been restored in Pakistan. We hope that the restored judiciary will exhibit its independence and begin to address the plethora of ongoing human rights violations in the country, notably widespread forced disappearances in Balochistan and other provinces and the endemic use of torture, including that taking place in at least 52 army-run torture centres</p>
By RSF |
<p>Reporters Without Borders condemns the physical attack which Beijing University journalism professor Wang Keqin and one of his studentss ustained when they tried to visit the wife of imprisoned human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng in Linyi country (in the northeastern province of Shandong) on 8 March 2009.</p>
<p>The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) warmly welcomes the approach that the Special Rapporteur has taken to the institutional issues of human rights abuse in Myanmar, especially concerning the criminal justice system, rather than simple description and classification of abuses there. </p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Lee Jones has put up his <a href="">statement on Abhisit visit to Oxford</a> on his blog, which says his email to the president of St John&#39;s College, Oxford, regarding the visit of Thai PM &lsquo;was not intended for public consumption and was thus not an accurate or complete reflection of my views.&rsquo;</p>