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<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>
<p>See some pictures from the event posted at Prachatai web-board.</p>
<p>We, the undersigned organizations, groups and networks, concerned about migrant and worker rights, are appalled at Malaysia&rsquo;s unjust, discriminatory and&nbsp; inconstitutional anti-worker policy, known as &lsquo;Foreign Workers First Out&rsquo; (FWFO) policy when it comes to retrenchment.</p>
<p>On March 11, the Prime Minister met with a group of cyber activists, and told them that the arrest of the Prachatai Director was not his government&rsquo;s policy and not beneficial to any party. He asked the activists for details of the arrest, and said that the crackdown on websites as periodically announced by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) had affected the country&rsquo;s image and that was cause for concern.</p>
<p><span>The new government of Thailand should ensure that those responsible for the enforced disappearance and presumed murder of prominent Muslim human rights lawyer, Somchai Neelappaijit, are finally brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said today, five years after his abduction.</span></p>
<p><span> <p>In light of the arrest of Prachatai Director Chiranuch Premchaiporn on March 6, Prachatai Editor Chuwat Rerksirisuk expresses his thanks to the many people who immediately showed their support.<span>&nbsp; </span>They included Assoc Prof Dr Chantana Banpasirichote Wankaew who, without hesitation, offered to be the guarantor, academics and activists who, though virtually without any personal relationship with Chiranuch and Prachatai, showed up at the Police Crime Suppression Division, as well as fellow NGOs, the Students Federation of Thailand, alternative media outlets, the Netizen, and many others. </p> <p></p></span></p>
<p>Reference is made to the arrest of Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn, web director of the online newspaper Prachatai (http://, by the police at approximately 2.30 pm on Friday March 6, 2009, after which the police interrogated her, copied the hard disk in her personal notebook computer, and charged her with violation of Sections 14(1), 14(3), 14(5), and (15) of the 2007 Computer Crime Act.</p>