28 Feb 2008
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned that despite calls from human rights defenders and organisations across Asia and around the world, still the justice ministry in Thailand has not reversed its decision to transfer responsibility for protection of witnesses in human rights cases under its control back to the police. If it does not reverse this decision before February 29, the lives of victims of torture, and relatives of people killed and disappeared by state officers will be at risk.
27 Feb 2008
Migrant Assistance Programme (MAP) Foundation issued a statement regarding the detention and the possible refoulement of migrant workers injured from a bomb explosion at a waste disposal site in Mae Sot municipality as reported by the media.
26 Feb 2008
Assistant Professor Viengrat Netipo, political science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, is regarded as a veteran researcher on local politics. Recently, she has conducted field research on "Decentralization and its effects on local power structures". Her target is the North and Northeast regions, since this is where the local power structure has clearly been developing and changing rapidly in recent times.
26 Feb 2008
On Feb 24, participants in a seminar in Pattani made a call to collect signatures of people in the southern border provinces to revoke the laws that they said were being misused by the authorities to abuse power and torture people in custody.
20 Feb 2008
On Feb 16, the Muslim Lawyers Centre told a seminar that during the past few years it had received hundreds of complaints from people in the three southern border provinces including 59 cases of torture during custody in the past eight months.
19 Feb 2008
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) condemn the Malaysian government for its usage of brute force without hesitation against peaceful assemblies once again.
15 Feb 2008
As an independent, nongovernmental organization dedicated to defendingpress freedom worldwide, we strongly urge you to return Thailand to thepath of press freedom and allow all journalists to do their jobs free ofintimidation, harassment, and censorship.
13 Feb 2008
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the raid on the Rung Roj Wittaya school by police and military forces on 5 February 2008 that led to the arrest and detention of two teachers, one of whom was tortured by the authorities.
13 Feb 2008
Thailand report: The army, which took power in a coup in September 2006, provided guarantees for press freedom while at the same time hounding media close to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The new Constitution, adopted in August 2007, guaranteed free expression, but a new security law could turn out to be dangerous. Most cases of censorship involved the Internet.
7 Feb 2008
The recent arrest of a police captain and other anti-drug squad officers on allegations of serious crimes and human rights violations gives the new Thai government an opportunity to show that it can hold abusers to account, Human Rights Watch said today.
7 Feb 2008
On 30 January 2008, the Cambodian Association for the Protection ofJournalists (CAPJ) held a meeting with Information Minister Khieu Kanharithand journalists to present its report on the state of press freedom in thecountry in 2007.
1 Feb 2008
A three-level approach, drawing on the respective strengths of the UN, the country's neighbours and the wider international community, is needed to promote change in Burma/Myanmar.