FLD Calls for Accountability for Enforced Disappearances, Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Calls for Probe of Alleged Assaults of Two Journalists by Student Activists
Amnesty International (AI)Urges Release of Bangladeshi Mother Arrested for Her Son's Facebook Post
IFJ Calls for Justice for Slain Reporter, Appeals for Laws Protecting Journalists in India
International Press Institute (IPI) Calls on Bangladesh to Ensure Draft Cyber Security Act Meets Nat'l and Int'l Human Rights Standards
PH transport Group Appeals to Gov't to Suspend Taxes on Petroleum Products, Repeal Oil Deregulation Law Amid Oil Price Hikes
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FLD Calls for Accountability for Enforced Disappearances, Laws to Protect Human Rights Defenders
Uyghur Advocates Urge Travel Firms to Halt Trips to Uyghur Region Over China Rights Abuses
Uyghur Advocates Urge Travel Firms to Halt Trips to Uyghur Region Over China Rights Abuses
Protesters Demand Information on Bangladesh Abductions, Enforced Disappearances
Protesters Demand Information on Bangladesh Abductions, Enforced Disappearances
UN Urges States to Safeguard Children’s Rights As Climate Crisis Worsens
UN Urges States to Safeguard Children’s Rights As Climate Crisis Worsens
South Korea's Human Rights Watchdog Urges Swift Enactment of Itaewon Crush Probe Bill
South Korea's Human Rights Watchdog Urges Swift Enactment of Itaewon Crush Probe Bill
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Calls on Vietnam to Drop Charges, Immediately Release Democracy Campaigners
Human Rights Watch (HRW) Calls on Vietnam to Drop Charges, Immediately Release Democracy Campaigners
FORUM-ASIA to Laos: Immediately Release Human Rights Lawyer Lu Siwei, Ensure His Safety
South Korean Protesters Call for Gov't Action on Fukushima Water
South Korean Protesters Call for Gov't Action on Fukushima Water
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Calls for Probe of Alleged Assaults of Two Journalists by Student Activists
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Calls for Probe of Alleged Assaults of Two Journalists by Student Activists
Thailand's Karen Community to New Gov't: Allow Return to Their Original Village
Thailand's Karen Community to New Gov't: Allow Return to Their Original Village
FORUM-ASIA Urges Pakistan to Denounce Atrocities Against Minority Christians, Review Blasphemy Laws
Int’l Human Rights Groups Join Call for an Enabling Environment for Rights Defenders in the Philippines
Int’l Human Rights Groups Join Call for an Enabling Environment for Rights Defenders in the Philippines
Amnesty International (AI) Urges G20 Countries to Hold India to Account Over Human Rights Violations in Kashmir
Amnesty International (AI)Urges Release of Bangladeshi Mother Arrested for Her Son's Facebook Post
Amnesty International (AI)Urges Release of Bangladeshi Mother Arrested for Her Son's Facebook Post
 Human Rights Group in Myanmar Urges Direct Engagement with Civic Groups
Human Rights Group in Myanmar Urges Direct Engagement with Civic Groups
HRW Calls on Taliban to Stop Killings, Compensate Families
HRW Calls on Taliban to Stop Killings, Compensate Families
Cambodia NGOs Call for Extra Tax on Cigarettes
Cambodia NGOs Call for Extra Tax on Cigarettes
IFJ Calls for Justice for Slain Reporter, Appeals for Laws Protecting Journalists in India
IFJ Calls for Justice for Slain Reporter, Appeals for Laws Protecting Journalists in India
Fleeing Land Rights Cambodian Activist Appeals for UNHCR Intervention, Seeks Refugee Status in Thailand
Fleeing Land Rights Cambodian Activist Appeals for UNHCR Intervention, Seeks Refugee Status in Thailand
ASEAN Calls for Review of Global Minimum Tax
ASEAN Calls for Review of Global Minimum Tax
Citizens' Alliance in Taiwan Urges Stricter Pedestrian Laws
Citizens' Alliance in Taiwan Urges Stricter Pedestrian Laws
Human Rights Watch (HRW) to Australia: Prioritize Humanitarian Visas for Afghans
Human Rights Watch (HRW) to Australia: Prioritize Humanitarian Visas for Afghans
International Press Institute (IPI) Calls on Bangladesh to Ensure Draft Cyber Security Act Meets Nat'l and Int'l Human Rights Standards
International Press Institute (IPI) Calls on Bangladesh to Ensure Draft Cyber Security Act Meets Nat'l and Int'l Human Rights Standards
Participants in ICJ Dialogue Urge Thailand to Remove Barriers to Taking Thai Transnational Companies to Court for Rights Abuses
Participants in ICJ Dialogue Urge Thailand to Remove Barriers to Taking Thai Transnational Companies to Court for Rights Abuses
Hong Kong Teachers' Union Appeals for Temporary Employee Insurance
Amnesty International to Pakistan: Ensure Protection of Minority Christian Community
Amnesty International to Pakistan: Ensure Protection of Minority Christian Community
UN Experts Call on China to Release Nine Tibetan Environmental Defenders
UN Experts Call on China to Release Nine Tibetan Environmental Defenders
Defend Public Television Independence
Defend Public Television Independence
Indigenous Peoples Network Calls on India to Halt Military Offensive in Naga Territories, Urges International Intervention
Indigenous Peoples Network Calls on India to Halt Military Offensive in Naga Territories, Urges International Intervention
Women's Rights Group in Taiwan Urges Gov't to Include “Comfort Women” in School Curriculum
Women's Rights Group in Taiwan Urges Gov't to Include “Comfort Women” in School Curriculum
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Calls for Probe of Pakistani Journalist's Assassination
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Calls for Probe of Pakistani Journalist's Assassination
Women in Sri Lanka Demand Economic Justice Amid Ongoing Debt Crisis
Women in Sri Lanka Demand Economic Justice Amid Ongoing Debt Crisis
IFJ Calls for Release of Afghan Journalists
IFJ Calls for Release of Afghan Journalists
Other Human Rights Groups Make Urgent Plea to Halt Execution of Death Row Prisoner in Vietnam
Brace for Multiple, More Intense Disasters, IFRC Warns States, Humanitarian Organizations
PH transport Group Appeals to Gov't to Suspend Taxes on Petroleum Products, Repeal Oil Deregulation Law Amid Oil Price Hikes
PH transport Group Appeals to Gov't to Suspend Taxes on Petroleum Products, Repeal Oil Deregulation Law Amid Oil Price Hikes
HRW Calls on IMF to Expand Social Protection of Children in Nepal
HRW Calls on IMF to Expand Social Protection of Children in Nepal
Thai Environmentalists Call for Enhanced Protection of Forest Reserve in Phuket
Thai Environmentalists Call for Enhanced Protection of Forest Reserve in Phuket
RSF Urges China to Release of Australian Journalist
RSF Urges China to Release of Australian Journalist
Prominent Myanmar Activist Urges Boycott of Junta Products
Prominent Myanmar Activist Urges Boycott of Junta Products
UN Expert Calls on States to Support Leadership Roles of Indigenous Youth
Thai Activists Demand Revocation of Senator's National Artist Title
Thai Activists Demand Revocation of Senator's National Artist Title
ADN Declares Solidarity and Support for the Malaiyah Tamil Community of Sri Lanka
IFJ Calls on Taliban to Stop Gender-Based Harassment, Censorship of Afghanistan’s Media
IFJ Calls on Taliban to Stop Gender-Based Harassment, Censorship of Afghanistan’s Media
Amnesty International (AI) Calls on Bangladesh to End Unlawful Use of Force Against Protesters
Amnesty International (AI) Calls on Bangladesh to End Unlawful Use of Force Against Protesters
SUHAKAM Urges Government to Abolish SOSMA, Other Draconian Security Laws
CPJ Urges Pakistan Lawmakers to Reconsider Bills that Undermine Press Freedom
CPJ Urges Pakistan Lawmakers to Reconsider Bills that Undermine Press Freedom
Rights Group Urges Singapore to Stop Aiding War Crimes in Myanmar
Rights Group Urges Singapore to Stop Aiding War Crimes in Myanmar
Rights Groups Call on Laos to Release Lawyer Held After Fleeing China
Rights Groups Call on Laos to Release Lawyer Held After Fleeing China
Indonesia Urges OIC  to Take a Joint Stand Against  Quran Burnings in Several European Countries
Indonesia Urges OIC to Take a Joint Stand Against Quran Burnings in Several European Countries
Civic Leaders Urge Macao Government to Improve Typhoon Precaution Measures
Civic Leaders Urge Macao Government to Improve Typhoon Precaution Measures
Fortify Rights to India: Stop Crackdown, Abuse Against Rohingya Refugees
Fortify Rights to India: Stop Crackdown, Abuse Against Rohingya Refugees
Greenpeace Urges Taiwan Tech Companies to Boost Solar Power Use
Greenpeace Urges Taiwan Tech Companies to Boost Solar Power Use
HRW Calls on Canada to Probe Visa Issuance to Hong Kong Police Attending the World Police and Fire Games in Winnipeg
/Amnesty International Urges Bangladesh to De-escalate Ongoing Crisis, Respect Rights of Protesters
/Amnesty International Urges Bangladesh to De-escalate Ongoing Crisis, Respect Rights of Protesters

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DUJARRIC
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KIRSTEN

As a matter of principle it is critical that no refugees be sent back without it being a voluntary
and dignified return.

Stephane Dujarric
Spokesperson, United Nations
October 7, 2023
On Pakistan's latest policy to deport all migrants without valid documentation before Oct 31
DONG-HYEOK
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KIRSTEN

We need to mobilize all our investigation efforts to root out drug distribution and sales organizations and improve the drug management system in more detail by age group.

Jang Dong-hyeok
South Korean Lawmaker
October 7, 2023
On the surging number of drug-related offenses in the country that have reached to a record-high 12,700 this year
AHMED
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KIRSTEN

We submitted our letter to inform the Indonesian government and urging them to hopefully take action on the matter. We cannot keep going back to having haze as something normal.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia
October 6, 2023
On the worsening air quality in Malaysia, which is widely blamed on fires in Indonesia
MULLALLY
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KIRSTEN

The desire to work overseas and gain international experience is not new... but it’s concerning to see such a large percentage of Hong Kong professionals considering leaving the city.

John Mullally
Managing Director, Robert Walters Hong Kong (consultancy firm)
October 5, 2023
In a statement on the company's survey findings showing more than half of Hong Kong professionals wanted to leave the city within the next five years
LAI
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KIRSTEN

I think my concern is around the degree to which the government will be open
and honest about what it plans to do around cannabis and not ending up
with only a few elite, or large, powerful corporations able to profit from it.

Gloria Lai
Asia Regional Director for International Drug Policy Consortium
October 4, 2023
On the announced plan of the new Thai prime minister to regulate cannabis sales for medical use, raising concerns among thousands of shops selling the psychoactive plant
PFUJ
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KIRSTEN

Journalists must be free to report without fear of retribution. The IFJ urges Pakistani authorities to intervene in the arrests and illegal detentions of journalists, including Muhammad Khalid Jamil's, and ensure that press freedom is upheld.

International Federation of Journalists
October 5, 2023
In a statement released following the grant of bail to Islamabad journalist Muhammad Khalid Jamil on Sept. 29. He was arrested on Sept. 21 on charges of spreading harmful content and false information on social media platforms against the state, which were deemed as violations of Section 505 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act. Jamil was subsequently remanded in custory and later placed in judicial remand for 14 days.
KIMEDA
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KIRSTEN

We will not ask the victims to bear responsibility to prove the damage that was inflicted upon them…. (W)e want to make sure not to overlook anything in recognizing the abuses and providing relief to victims.

Hiroshi Kimeda
Lawyer, Johnny & Associates, Inc. a male talent agency in Japan
October 4, 2023
On reparations for the 325 men who claimed to have been sexually abused by the agency's late founder Johnny Kitagawa
PULATI
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KIRSTEN

I want the world and humanitarian organizations to never forget about the Uighur people, they
are still suffering.

Akeda Pulati
Daughter of leading Uyghur scholar Rahile Dawut
October 3, 2023
On the lack of information from Chinese authorities on the fate of her mother, who was sentenced to life behind bars for
"endangering state security"
ORGANIZERS
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We gather today because we believe that Singapore must take stronger and swifter action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offer robust support to communities most vulnerable to the impacts
of climate change.

Organizers of a climate rally at Hong Lim Park in Singapore on Sept. 23
October 3, 2023
COMMISSION FOR MISSING PERSONS
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KIRSTEN

135 victims died and hundreds were injured. Yet, no justice [was] fully given. They were victims of the excessive use of force and they still seek justice from the Indonesian Government until this day.

Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Komisi untuk Orang Hilang
dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan)
October 1, 2023
On the first anniversary of the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy (Oct. 1, 2022) following a football match at the stadium in Malang Regency, East Java, Indonesia
AKHTAR
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KIRSTEN

I've received countless written and verbal threats for trying to organize workers and demand due payments, severances and better working conditions....

Dolly Akhtar
Labor activist and union organizer in Bangladesh
October 2, 2023
On union repression in the country
HANNAN
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While trying hard to avoid onsite accidents, shipbreaking workers inhale asbestos, many toxic metals, and other substances to die from sooner or later....

Abdul Hannan
Cutter at a shipbreaking yard in Foujdarhat, in the city Chattogram (also known as Chittagong), southeast Bangladesh
September 30, 2023
On the dangerous working conditions faced by workers in Bangladesh's shipbreaking yards, according to the newly released report of Human Rights Watch, “Trading Lives for Profit,” which also highlights the adverse impacts of these facilities on local
communities and the environment
POLAT
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KIRSTEN

We have to speak out because our family members have been locked up despite being innocent.

Akida Polat
Daughter of Imprisoned Uyghur folklorist Rahile Dawut, who was recently confirmed to be serving a life sentence in Xinjiang, northwest China
September 29, 2023
On solidarity activities for the release of incarcerated Uyghurs
CONTI
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KIRSTEN

How can the Philippines take on the task of international peace and safety when it is much of an epic fail on the domestic front? Killings, disappearances, trumped-up charges happen day in, day out. Aggression on our seas conducted by foreign vessels is a regular occurrence.

Kristina Conti
National Union of People’s Lawyers
September 30, 2023
On the Philippines' bid to win a non-permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council for the term 2027-2028, which human rights groups oppose, citing “grave human rights violations” in the country
SOLOMON
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KIRSTEN

Discrimination should end as it is not good for the future of students.

Fr. Antonysamy Solomon
Secretary, Education Commission, Tamil Nadu Bishops Council (TNBC)
September 29, 2023
On the call to end discriminatory education policies that impact Christian-run schools receiving state funds
SANGIORGIO
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KIRSTEN

Despite knowing in detail that Le Van Manh’s case was mired in serious irregularities and violations of the right to a fair trial, authorities in Viet Nam executed him days after informing his family to make arrangements for his remains. It’s sickening.

Chiara Sangiorgio
Death Penalty Expert, Amnesty International
September 28, 2023
On the execution of Vietnamese death row prisoner Le Van Manh despite irregularities in his case
CHANG-HYUN
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Adequate sentencing for criminals will make potential offenders fear the criminal justice system, but now it seems things are working in the opposite way.

Dr Lee Chang-hyun
Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Law School
September 28, 2023
On growing concerns around the spate of gender-based violence in South Korea, fueled in part by widespread perceptions of the courts' systemic failure to deliver harsh sentences to perpetrators of crimes against women
MENG-CHU
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KIRSTEN

Only people who have lost their freedom know how precious it is – like the air we breathe.

Lee Meng-chu
Taiwanese businessman
September 27, 2023
On his imprisonment in mainland China for one year and 10-months on charges of "espionage," in part because he was being found carrying a card that read "Go Hong Kong!" during a trip to the city at the height of the Hong Kong protest movement in 2019, before he eventually disappeared in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen
KOGOYA
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The military could tell that [the group of women and children] were not combatants. And they
still shot them....

Nopinanus Kogoya
West Papuan relative of young torture victim
September 27, 2023
On how the attacks are proof that ordinary West Papuans are being deliberately targeted by the military in the Indonesian province.
GUTERRES
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KIRSTEN

(O)ne in three countries around the world is now at high risk of a fiscal crisis. Over 40% of people living in extreme poverty are in countries with severe debt challenges.

António Guterres
Secretary-General, United Nations
September 26, 2023
In a statement at the U.N. High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which was convened by the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 20 in New York
HASSAN
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KIRSTEN

(The ratio) shows that for sex crimes, including those involving pornography, the main targets are children.

Siti Kamsiah Hassan
Principal Assistant Director, Royal Malaysia Police's Sexual, Women and Child Investigations Division
September 25, 2023
On the rising number of child sexual abuse sex crimes and child pornography in Malaysia
PHONGSATHORN
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KIRSTEN

The new mechanism arbitrarily denies access to protection for millions of migrant workers.... and allows for the blanket disqualification of otherwise eligible candidates on the broad grounds of ‘national security’.

Patrick Phongsathorn
Senior Advocacy Specialist, Fortify Rights
September 26, 2023
On Thailand's National Screening Mechanism under its newly launched protection program for foreign asylum seekers, which critics say does not meet international standards for refugee protection
SIMING
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I am willing to wait for months, because I feel safe in Taiwan.... But security is not my first option in where I settle. I have a lot of work to do in the U.S.

Chen Siming
Chinese dissident who regularly commemorates the Tiananmen Square massacre
September 24, 2023
On seeking safe passage to the U.S. after transiting through Taipei’s Taoyuan international airport, where he arrived on Sept. 22 from Thailand en route to Guangzhou, China. He described his situation as ‘dangerous and urgent’ amid Beijing’s pursuit of him.
OPEN NET
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KIRSTEN

The government’s announcement that it will monitor the media and the internet from all directions and sort out and strictly regulate fake news … is both antidemocratic and unconstitutional and carries the risk of abuse for the purpose of suppressing anti-governmental public opinion.

OPEN NET
An information rights group
September 22, 2023
On the Korea Communications Commission’s “fake news eradication plan,” which critics have denounced as a de facto censorship system that violates the Constitution
UNNAMED
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The project is going to make poor villagers even poorer because we will no longer be able to use boats to trade along the Mekong and we won’t have any fish to catch.

Unnamed Villager from Pak Beng District in northernwestern Laos
September 22, 2023
On the anticipated adverse impacts of the Pak Beng Dam in northwestern Laos’ Bokeo province. Construction of the dam -- one of three Mekong River mainstream dam projects that have completed review processes and are eligible to begin construction -- has been opposed by the villagers who stand to be displaced by the project.
VIVACHARAWONGSE
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I love and cherish the monarchy, but I believe it is better to know than not knowing. Every person has their own opinion... Not listening to them doesn’t make their viewpoints or opinions disappear.

Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse
Thai King Vajiralongkorn
September 23, 2023
On the country's highly controversial lese majeste law (Article 112 of the criminal code), which makes insulting the monarchy a crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail
YCR
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Families increasingly fear that their unmarried daughters will face assault and abuse in the camps. To avoid the personal and cultural impacts associated with (sexual and gender-based violence), families see child marriage as one of the only routes available to safeguard their daughters....

Youth Congress Rohingya (YCR)
A refugee-led civil society organization
September 23, 2023
In its newly released report showing that living conditions in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh are worse than what these refugees left behind in Myanmar
UNNAMED
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We should never silently endure (the harassment).

Unnamed Japanese public official
September 21, 2023
On the over 400,000 nuisance calls received by the Japanese Embassy in Beijing since the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant began in late August
MARSUDI
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KIRSTEN

We all know the worrying situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.... The question is, what are we going to do about it?

Retno LP Marsudi
Foreign Minister of Indonesia
September 21, 2023
In his speech (Sept. 19) at the high-level dialogue focusing on Afghan women and girls, which was organized by Indonesia, along with Canada and Ireland, on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly (Sept. 18-26) in New York
LAM
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I asked them why my husband was disciplined, how long he would be disciplined and when my family would be able to see him again. They did not provide any more information.

Le Thanh Lam
Wife of Vietnamese political prisoner Bui Tuan Lam
September 20, 2023
On the suspension of her husband's family visits in return for being imposed on losing his appeal for his five-year sentence, having been convicted of spreading “propaganda against the state”
GANGULY
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KIRSTEN

(T)his latest commission seems to be aimed at deflecting international pressure over continuing impunity, rather than revealing the fate of the disappeared or bringing those responsible to justice.

Meenakshi Ganguly
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW
September 17, 2023
In a newly published report by the HRW (Sept 18) on Sri Lanka's proposed truth commission.
MAUNG
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KIRSTEN

Airstrikes targeting civilians, not military targets are war crimes and crimes against humanity. If they attended the conference knowing of this situation it would encourage violence.

Sithu Maung
Spokesperson, Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
September 19, 2023
On Myanmar's launch of 20 military airstrikes while the ASEAN Air Chiefs conference (Sept. 13-15), led by junta Air Force chief Gen. Tun Aung, was going on in Naypyitaw, capital of Myanmar
CALLAMARD
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KIRSTEN

It is time for the (Bangladeshi) Government to put an end to this travesty of justice.

Agnès Callamard
Secretary General, Amnesty International
September 19, 2023
On the ongoing trial of Mohammad Yunus, who is accused of employment-related violations and faces a criminal case in Bangladesh under the Labour Act 2006 Bangladeh (ojo!) authorities
ALI
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KIRSTEN

We have been consistently fighting for it and I am very happy. Democracy is all about widening
and expanding representation.

Subhashini Ali
Former Parliamentarian, Communist Party of India
September 20, 2023
On the Indian government's proposed law seeking to reserve one-third of seats in the lower house and state legislative
assemblies for women
UNAMED
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This is actual political persecution and a blatant violation of religious freedom
and international conventions.

Unnamed source in China
September 17, 2023
On the Chinese court’s recent conviction of Catholic priest Joseph Yang Xiaoming for “impersonating religious personnel,” based on as per charges filed leveled by the Religious Affairs Office of Longwan district in Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province. Yang allegedly refused to join state-run organizations including the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
HRCP
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KIRSTEN

Most of these refugees are likely poor, vulnerable individuals.... Their status as unauthorized refugees does not mean they are not entitled to protection, nor should they bear the brunt of Pakistan's security concerns.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
September 16, 2023
On the recent crackdown on Afghan refugees in Karachi, southern Pakistan, resulting in the arrest of at least 350 refugees for allegedly lacking the correct documentation, and prompting the HRCP to urge the next government to sign the 1951 Geneva Convention and its 1967 Protocol on the status of refugees
CALLAMARD
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KIRSTEN

This generation faces a worsening climate catastrophe, with devastating consequences for human rights, but too many leaders in positions of power today are doing too little to avert this disaster, and even
reneging on existing promises.

Agnès Callamard
Secretary General, Amnesty International
September 16, 2023
In a statement on the conduct of coordinated climate protests across countries, including the March to End Fossil Fuels on Sept. 17 in New York. These protests coincide with the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Week, to be followed by the Secretary-General’s Climate Ambition Summit on Sept. 20.
SOPHHORN
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KIRSTEN

Every day, the market inflation is so high that it makes our workers, average people, live in difficult conditions and without enough money left over to save.

Yang Sophorn
President, Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions
September 13, 2023
On the negotiation deadlock over wage increases between garment factory worker unions and empoyers in Cambodia, with the former demanding a $15 monthly minimum wage hike as opposed to the latter's $1 counteroffer
SURESH
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KIRSTEN

Governments around the world must urgently address the senseless killings of those who stand
up for our planet....

Shruti Suresh
Co-director of Campaigns, Global Witness
September 13, 2023
In a statement coinciding with during the release of the non-profit organization's latest report highlighting environmental defender killings across the world -- totaling 1,910 -- between 2012 and 2022. In Asia the Philippines is still the most dangerous country for land and environmental defenders for the 10th straight year.
TOGOCHOG
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KIRSTEN

This policy, implemented under the guise of 'Second Generation Bilingual Education,' is widely regarded by Mongolians worldwide as a form of cultural genocide.

Enghebatu Togochog
Director, New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center
September 14, 2023
On China's decision to ban a collection of books on Mongolia's history as part of a wider prohibition on the use of the Mongolian language in educational settings and amid tighter controls in Inner Mongolia, a semi-autonomous region in China
HUQ
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KIRSTEN

It’s a learning-by-doing process. Experts from Harvard cannot come and tell our farmers what to do, our farmers will tell us what to do.

Prof. Saleemul Huq
Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
September 14, 2023
On Bangladesh’s progress in adapting to climate change, particularly among farmers, who have restored and updated traditional practices such as raised homesteads and floating vegetable gardens. The country, known as “ground zero for climate change,” ranked seventh in the Long-Term Climate Risk Index of countries most affected by climate change from 2000 to 2019, according to the 2021 Global Climate
Risk Index report.
BROUILLETTE
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KIRSTEN

This decision by the Philippine courts is a rare and important win for press freedom and the rule of law
in the Philippines.

Prof. Saleemul Huq
Director of Advocacy, International Press Institute
September 15, 2023
On the court acquittal of Rappler CEO and veteran journalist Maria Ressa in her final tax evasion case in the Philippines
RIGHTS
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KIRSTEN

The United States, one of the world’s most powerful and influential countries, could do much more to hold perpetrators in Myanmar accountable on the international stage.

Fortify Rights
September 15, 2023
In a written statement submitted to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan commission in the U.S. Congress, which is examining the human rights situation in Myanmar and which conducted a congressional hearing on Sept. 13, where survivors from Myanmar testified about the junta atrocities
ADN
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KIRSTEN

The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) vehemently condemns the recent sentencing of Adilur Rahman Khan and Nasiruddin Elan, activists attached to the Odhikar human rights organization in Bangladesh. Their unjust imprisonment on trumped-up charges is a grave violation of their fundamental rights and an alarming attack on the principles of democracy and justice.

ADN
September 15, 2023
In a statement strongly denouncing what it calls the unjust imprisonment of Bangladeshi human rights defenders Adilur Rahman
and Nasiruddin Elan
GAPJIL
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Since casual harassment and microaggressions can escalate into more serious crimes like stalking and sexual violence, we must come up with more effective approaches to address these issues
at a fundamental level.

Gapjil 119
A non-profit dedicated to addressing workplace abuse
September 12, 2023
On the widespread sexual discrimination in workplaces faced by South Korean women, based on an online survey conducted by Embrain Public on Aug. 2-10
KUOMJIAN
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KIRSTEN

We have collected compelling evidence of the widespread burning of Rohingya villages and the assaults and killings of civilians. I have been particularly horrified by the numerous accounts of sexual crimes
that we have collected.

Nicholas Koumjian
Head, Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
September 12, 2023
In his report during the 54th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council on Sep. 11 in Geneva, Switzerland
PHUNTSHO
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KIRSTEN

So, over the years, I think a lot of things have been done, yet there are still cases (of cyberbullying)
that crop up.

Sonam Phuntsho
Principal, Changzamtog Middle Secondary School, in Thimpu, Bhutan's capital
September 11, 2023
On cyberbullying as a growing concern among students in the south-central Asian country despite efforts to combat it
GRANDI
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KIRSTEN

We need fully inclusive education systems that give refugees the same access and rights as
host-country learners.

Filippo Grandi
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
September 10, 2023
In his foreword to the newly released 2023 Refugee Education Report published by the U.N. Refugee Agency
ICOMOS
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KIRSTEN

Overall, more than 3,000 trees will be destroyed, with more than 500 of those estimated to be over
100 years of age.

International Council on Monuments and Sites
September 8, 2023
In an open letter to 18 Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, as well as business and community leaders, On the planned redevelopment of Tokyo's Jingu Gaien park, established 100 years ago to honor the Meiji Emperor. The international conservancy body has placed the park on its 'Heritage Alert' list.
SHENGKUN
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KIRSTEN

Despite the continuous progress of mine-clearing operations in the ASEAN region with the joint efforts of all parties, the mine situation is still grim.

Ma Shengkun
Deputy Director-General, ASEAN Arms Control Department
September 9, 2023
In his remarks during the High-level Regional Dialogue of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center held in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on the state of mine-clearing operations in Southeast Asian countries, some of which still face threats from land mines
ROGERS
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KIRSTEN

In all my years working in and on #HongKong, I’ve never seen floods like this. It’s a direct result of the irresponsible, negligent, repressive #CCP misrule.

Benedict Rogers
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Hong Kong Watch
September 9, 2023
On Hong Kong's catastrophic flooding after being hit with a record rainfall in almost 140 years
DONGETO
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KIRSTEN

Every child has the right to health and the right to finish their education and reach their dreams. Without government intervention, early and unintended pregnancies most often upend these rights

Romeo Dongeto
Convenor, Child Rights Network and Executive Director, Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc.
September 8, 2023
On the Philippine House of Representatives' approval on third and final reading of the proposed Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Act, a national action plan seeking to address teenage pregnancy in the Philippines, which has one of the highest adolescent birth rates among Southeast Asian countries.
WIN
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KIRSTEN

His sentencing is yet another indication that freedom of the press has been completely quashed under the military junta’s rule, and shows the hefty price independent journalists in Myanmar must pay for
their professional work.

Swe Win
Editor-in-chief, Myanmar Now
September 7, 2023
On the 20-year hard labor sentence imposed by Myanmar's junta on photojournalist Sai Zaw Thaik for documenting the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Mocha
OHMAR
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KIRSTEN

The governing council of the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan ... has expressed immense concern over the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming general #election.

Human Rights Commission in Pakistan
September 5, 202
In a statement urging the Election Commission of Pakistan to immediately announce the schedule of the next general election
OHMAR
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KIRSTEN

We have learnt how big and deep the wounds our teachers have suffered and how great a crisis our schools and classrooms are facing.

Lee Ju-ho
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education in South Korea
September 6, 2023
In a statement made on Sept. 4 at a memorial service for a school teacher who died by suicide after reportedly suffering months of bullying and pressure from a student’s parent. At the same time he gave assurances to "listen closely to the voices of teachers in the field” amid a growing demand for revisions to the child welfare and abuse laws and protection of teachers' rights in the face of an alarming rise in assaults on teachers by students and their parents, leading to a mental health crisis among teachers
FRANCHE
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KIRSTEN

Enforced disappearances have left a painful scar on the nation’s history and continue to shape the lives of thousands of Sri Lankans who exist in a state of ambiguity, where their loved ones are neither present
nor definitively absent.

Marc-André Franche
U.N. Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka
September 4, 2023
In a statement urging the Sri Lankan government to accelerate efforts to address enforced disappearances in the country and provide justice for the victims
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KIRSTEN

You could craft the most airtight legal system on paper, but if the political will is impaired to implement it, then nothing's going to happen.

William Schulte
Policy and Legal Advisor for Mekong Region, EarthRights International
September 6, 2023
On the Mekong region being one of the toughest places globally for environmental litigation, and, more broadly, on the challenges of launching climate litigation in Southeast Asia
DOLMA