What They're Saying

Diverse voices from the frontlines on the state of democracy and human rights in Asia

It’s a multidimensional problem, which requires capacity-building and political will to implement environment-related laws. Both of these, unfortunately, have been lacking.

Hamid Sarfraz
Environmentalist in Islamabad

The willful killing of Peralta by the military, who was unarmed at the time of her arrest, is a war crime that can never be justified under any circumstance.

Clarice Palce
Secretary General, GABRIELA

Dhonyoe was accused of teaching his students beyond the national education system and was repeatedly questioned by authorities in mid-March.

Unnamed source

Despite the government’s crackdown on dissent and activism, her powerful words continue to inspire people across Vietnam and throughout the world.

Suzanne Nossel
CEO, PEN America

There is a logical reason not to participate in the upcoming Upazila elections as the environment for fair and peaceful elections has not yet been created and the existing anarchic situation has further deteriorated.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party

We thought we could help make this country a bit safer for our children. And then, the Itaewon crush happened. We realised it is still not safe, and so we need to work harder.

Park Jung-hwa
Mother of a 17-year-old girl who drowned, along with 303 others, in the 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy in South Korea,

They can't recruit people, because very few young people are choosing to join the government.

Leung Chau-ting
Chairperson, Hong Kong Federation of Civil Service Union

As journalists, you don't stop being a journalist. When something happens in front of you, you want to tell the story, and you want to tell it right.

Jeff Canoy
Chief of Reporters, ABS-CBN Integrated News

It is necessary for the authorities in power in Afghanistan and international organizations to take practical steps through relevant consultations to prevent the deportation of migrants.

Asefa Stanikzai
Afghan Migrant Rights Activist

It is unfortunate to see the political leaders raking up religion to motivate their voters and disrupting the social-cultural environment.

Seema Khan
Chairperson, Nepal Muslim Women Welfare Society,

[W]e will expand drug rehabilitation infrastructure and relevant education, and strengthen drug control.

Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
South Korea

There is intense pressure of work in the rural areas. As a result, the quality of the service falls.

Syed Masud Ahmed
Researcher, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health

We have never experienced such blatant efforts by authorities to evade scrutiny of court proceedings in any country, which further highlights the ludicrous nature of the case against Jimmy Lai, and the dire erosion of press freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong.

Rebecca Vincent
Campaigns Director, Reporters Without Borders

An industry that profits from producing, selling and buying sexual images of minors should be deterred and eliminated by strengthening the punishments for the offenses.

Jean Kuo (郭昱晴)
Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker, Taiwan

The police failed to recognize that people have the right to peacefully protest, and that the authorities have a duty to facilitate and protect protests.

Smriti Singh
South Asia Regional Director, Amnesty International

The new spate of killings in Davao City and elsewhere shows that President Marcos has not done enough to end the ‘drug war. The Marcos administration needs to take stronger action to demonstrate that the ‘war on drugs’ is officially over.

Bryony Lau
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch

Shutting down this platform is a matter of significant loss and concern for the Tibetan scholarly community as it has been a constant source to access content.

Jigme Wangyal
Author and professor of literature, Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, India

(Y)ou do not give tickets to Muslims at one place, you redraw constituencies at another place ... or you don't allow Muslims to vote. It is not just intimidation. It's also elimination.

Ziya Us Salam
Author, "Being Muslim in Hindu India

Despite the modernization and democratization ... the shadow of the past, particularly the class system institutionalized during the Meiji Restoration, still looms large.

Cristian Martini Grimaldi
Tokyo-based journalist, L'Osservatore Romano, the daily newspaper of Vatican state

The failure to include Myanmar people’s voices, represented by their Ambassador, at the table ... demonstrates [the UNSC's] disrespect for the Myanmar people’s steadfast democratic resistance movement.

Khin Omar
Founder and Chairperson, Progressive Voice, Myanmar

The [Chinese] authorities think our community has been trying to humiliate them, so they want to use all the means at their disposal to punish human rights lawyers

Wang Quanzhang
Chinese human rights lawyer

Unemployment has increased so much … that those who have been giving zakat, fitrana [charitable donations] and charity all their lives are now coming to us for ration

Maulana Bashir Ahmed Farooqui
Founding Chairman, Saylani Welfare International Trust

His face was injured and there was blood around his mouth like he had been beaten. Amanullah’s case reveals how the junta considers Muslims.

Ko Nyan Hein
Muslim activist in Myanmar

In some of these areas, people won’t know there are landmines until they see them with their own eyes or step on them

Heng Ratana
Deputy Director General, Cambodian Mine Action Centre

We do not see the justifications but the contravention of individuals' rights by forcing them to take unnecessary medical tests and their right to privacy.

Wong Hiu-chong
Hong Kong Lawyer

Regardless of one’s nationality and infringement of immigration laws, everyone in Korea has the right to human dignity and liberty under the Constitution.

Choi Jung-kyu
Lawyer, Migrant Advocacy Groups, Korea

The long history of anti-Muslim violence and unjust treatment of Muslims must not be allowed to repeat itself.

Kyaw Win
Executive Director, Burma Human Rights Network(BHRN)

I think the relevant authorities and the company should provide appropriate solutions to the residents and expedite the compensation as soon as possible. This can [stop] further impact on them.

Am Sam Ath
Operations Director, Licadho

If constructive criticism causes uncomfortable reactions from politicians and business people, they need to look at themselves.

Stephen Roach
Economist and former Chairman, Morgan Stanley Asia

If anyone opens an eatery to distribute free food today, poor people will be found thronging there in abundance.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi
Senior Joint Secretary General, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

When you try to go to a supermarket you’re stopped. They check your mobile phone and your travel papers and passport. There’s always something wrong and they demand about 3,000 kyat [US$1.50]. It happens at checkpoint after checkpoint.

Unnamed goldsmith, 36

We understand that the Mandela Rules and the Bangkok Rules state restraints should not be used on women when they’re in labor, and our new directive takes them into account.

Unnamed official of Japan's Justice Ministry

The arrests and criminal investigations launched into Sri Lankan journalists G.P. Nissanka and Bimal Ruhunage are unacceptable reactions by authorities and could create a chilling effect on the media.

Carlos Martinez de la Serna
Program Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

We understand that this law is not a universal cure to every problem, but at least it's the first step towards equality in Thai society.

Danuphorn Punnakanta
Member of Thai Parliament and Chairperson, Lower House Committee on Marriage Equality

The deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan will put women and girls at unique risk, as forced returns seriously curtail their rights to education, work, movement, and in some cases, expose them to imminent threat of violence.

Amnesty International South Asia

Driven by online anonymity, inspired by new business models and accelerated by COVID, these organised crime groups are now working at a scale that was unimaginable a decade ago.

Jurgen Stock
Secretary-General, Interpol

A free and independent press reports not what they are told but what they observe, framed by historical and political context…. FOCAP will not be intimidated by threats and groundless attempts to smear its members’ reputation.

Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP)

The letter from [Nusantara Capital City Authority] not only insults the rights of the Sepaku community ... but also puts them at risk of losing their place of residence.

Usman Hamid
Executive Director, Amnesty International Indonesia

Let me repeat: nothing justifies the abhorrent October 7 attacks and hostage-taking by Hamas and nothing justifies the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

António Guterres
UN Secretary-General

The prison sentences and repeated criminalisation of (Arnon Nampa's) work are completely disproportionate and form part of a concerning trend of deliberately silencing human rights defenders and other dissenting voices.

U.N. Special Rapporteurs

Every time we let authoritarians get away with atrocities, we risk other bad actors attempting to do the same.

Frances Hui
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, U.S.-based Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation

This momentous decision by the court marks a significant step forward for human rights including the right to freedom of expression and media freedom in Indonesia.

Wirya Adiwena
Deputy Director, Amnesty International Indonesia

The climate ‘red alert’ in addition to prolonged exposure to toxic air quality in many parts of the South Asian region illustrates the risk of harms to life and health of more than a billion people from accelerating climate chaos.

Ann Harrison
Climate Adviser, Amnesty International (AI's)

There are times when for two to three days he can’t buy anything at the canteen because they say the things he needs aren’t there.

Tran Phuong Thao
Wife of political prisoner Dang Dinh Bach, who's also head of the nonprofit Center for Research on Law and Policy for Sustainable Development in Vietnam

We will continue to speak out without fear of this evil law.

Hong Kong Outlanders
A Taiwan-based exile group

That means an estimated 160,000 children were blackmailed into sexual activities, had sexual images shared without their consent, or faced other online abuses.

United Nations Children's Fund

Today they lost another piece of their freedom – any act of peaceful protest is now more dangerous than ever.

Sarah Brooks
China Director, Amnesty International

We couldn’t do anything. One of my friends advised us to voice the lack of medical treatment for him through the news media. But we were afraid his family would be made to suffer if we did.

Unamed friend of Khin Soe
A political prisoner detained in Daik-U Prison in central Myanmar

It feels like this could be our final opportunity to create a country free from dictators, and this chance is within our reach.

Dr. Tayzar San
Pro-democracy activist credited with launching the first anti-coup protest in Mandalay, Myanmar, in 2021

Indian government reprisals against members of the diaspora who criticize the BJP’s abusive and discriminatory policies show the authorities’ growing hostility to criticism and dialogue.

Elaine Pearson
Asia director, Human Rights Watch

In Singapore, with 16 weeks paid maternity leave and four weeks paid paternity leave, we haven’t moved much beyond these outdated standards.

Dr. Kalpana Vignehsa
Senior research fellow, Institute of Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore

They're afraid that I'll go to Beijing during the National People's Congress, so they have detained me in a rescue facility....

Fu Yuxia
Resident of Lianyungang City in Jiangsu, China

The challenge posed by the Chinese Communist Party is not just for our community; it is, very importantly, a global one. It's all around the same universal issue of having to counter authoritarianism worldwide.

Joey Siu
Ombudswoman, World Liberty Congress and prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist

Congress should prioritize the passage of the SOGIESC Equality Bill to provide the LGBTQ+ community more concrete protection against violence....

Arlene Brosas
Representative, Garbriela Women's Party-list in the Philippines

How much more should I do to finally be recognized? My honest feeling is that I can’t wait any longer.

Shinya Yamagata
LGBTQ rights activist

We need to practically implement the research findings and recommendations. Only then will laws be created and accountability be ensured.

Shirin Akhter
Founder, Karmojibi Nari, a non-profit, non-government women's organization in Bangladesh

Kerala will stand united in opposing this communal and divisive law.

Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister, State of Kerala and a leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

It is vital that we respond to the growth in online censorship and the amplification of disinformation by making independent media more accessible in their countries of origin.

Christophe Deloire
Secretary-General, Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Over the past two decades, the Thai authorities have utterly failed to provide justice, truth or reparation to (Somchai Neelapaijit) and his family.

Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong
Regional Researcher for Thailand, Amnesty International

2024 is the year in which China is heading into a state of social unrest…. The official crime data tells us that people are having a hard time, and is a true reflection of the state of society.

Cheng Xiaofeng
Former police detective, Zhuzhou Police Department, Hunan Province, Central China

The absence of adequate safeguards leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Gilda Banugan
Chairperson, Migrante Taiwan -- part of a global alliance of grassroots migrant organizations of overseas Filipinos and their families

By stifling these essential voices, Vietnam is not only violating its binding international commitments but also jeopardizing its own future.

Võ Trần Nhật
Vice-President, Paris-based Vietnam Committee on Human Rights (Quê Me)

The investigation of a case of human rights violation cannot be treated with confidentiality.

Pornpen Khongkachonkiet
Director, Cross Cultural Foundation

Most of them are quite young, so they simply go back to their home countries to start new lives. Many of them are also afraid of their identity being made public, so are reluctant to share details.

Lee Ko-woon
Film director, “Host Nation,” a documentary about Filipino women sexually exploited in South Korea

The ministry accepts our petitions most of the time, but they accept it without providing a solution in return. This time I hope our petition will have some results.

Seak Kana
Member, Labor Rights Supported Union (LRSU) of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld

The contemporary progress we observe has largely been propelled by women themselves… not because of systems or policies that sufficiently supported them.

Chyn Yu-rung
Secretary-General, Awakening Foundation

Malaysian authorities are treating migrants as criminals, arbitrarily holding them for prolonged periods in immigration centers with almost no access to the outside world.

Shayna Bauchner
Asia Researcher, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The police are regularly checking people’s WeChat and TikTok accounts for any evidence of them having shared the videos and for communication with the outside world.

Unnamed Source in China

I spoke out because if I stayed silent, more people can be victimized, and that would be remiss of me.

Buddhist nun, Tendai sect in western Japan

The Vietnamese government likes to boast about its respect for human rights when seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, but its brutal crushing of dissent sends the opposite message.

Phil Robertson
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch

These days, county authorities are inspecting broadcast cables and forcing any households without speakers to purchase and install them

Unamed resident of Puryong
North Korea

The move by ASEAN legitimizes the junta as if it were the government of Myanmar and supports its deepening relationship with the Russian regime, which is the junta’s biggest supplier of arms.

Justice for Myanmar

We have faced a big challenge integrating these students in schools as it required extra resources...

Pan Wen-chung
Taiwan Minister of Education

We must act now to reverse this disastrous trend because the communities and countries of the Mekong cannot afford to lose them.

Lan Mercado
Regional Director, World Wildlife Fund Asia-Pacific

We want the search to carry on but we also have to be realistic. We cannot expect the government to spend billions (on the search).

V.P.R. Nathan
Husband of Anne Daisy, one of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which vanished on March 8, 2014

This is highly alarming. Monsoon changing its pattern will bear consequences for agrarian Bangladesh.

Bazlur Rashid
Meteorologist and co-author, "Changing Climate of Bangladesh," released Feb 27

The Indian authorities have an obligation to uphold the right to peaceful protest, whoever is taking part and whatever the issue….

Elaine Pearson
Asia Director, Human Rights Watch

If Assange is extradited and prosecuted in the U.S. under the Espionage Act ... [i]t would set a harmful precedent for governments worldwide, establishing a framework whereby states can pursue journalists through the courts, no matter where they are located.

Committee to Protect Journalists

They [social media companies] should have steps actually helping out activists to protect their freedom of speech…. They need to be more transparent, so users and the public know whether government-sponsored hacking activities are going on

Yaqiu Wang
Research Director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Freedom House

The current protests reflect the unequal power relations across the borrowers and lenders, which are often predatory.

Khushbu Mishra
Economist and Associate Professor, Stetson University in the United States

If the government is really serious about seeking reelection, it should start by taking concrete steps to repeal restrictive laws, release human rights activists in detention and halt the harassment and reprisals against them.

Josef Benedict
Civil Space Researcher, CIVICUS

Vague provisions will criminalize peaceful exercise of human rights and have a detrimental impact on human rights defenders.

Mary Lawlor
U.N Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders

This lamentable outcome on Jemboy’s case shows how the Philippine justice system continues to fail the victims of police killings and brutality in the country in pursuing full accountability of perpetrators.

Cristina Palabay
Secretary General, KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights)

[China] must respect human rights & freedom of expression and include Tibetans in the development & implementation of water and land management policies.

Uzra Zeya
U.S. Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

The probe is needed so the upcoming government is legitimate.

Hermawi Taslim
Secretary General, Partai NasDem, the biggest political party in Indonesia

All evidence indicates that Chiang Kai-shek was responsible for 228, but his giant statue is still housed in a memorial hall - that's just rubbing it in for us family members.

Peter Pan (潘信行)
Son of one of the victims of the 228 Incident in Taiwan, an anti-Kuomintang government uprising in 1947 that led to a brutal crackdown

I don’t have the data, but if people weren’t impoverished, they wouldn’t be asking for help. I am not talking about luxurious goods but about basic needs.

William Cheah
Kembara Kitchen, a social enterprise in Malaysia

Hosting them is a valuable experience for the city.... [W]e would like citizens ... to learn the tragedy of war and understand the importance of settling disputes through peaceful means, not by force.

Tetsuya Yamamoto
Chief education official, Awaji Island, in western Japan

We firmly continue to stand against the use of the death penalty and I think the public nature of these executions is particularly heinous.

Stéphane Dujarric
Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General

[Bangladesh] needs workable relations with the junta for the sake of border security cooperation and negotiations over the Rohingya.

Michael Kugelman
South Asia director, Wilson Center, a Washington-based think tank

The leak provides some of the most concrete details seen publicly to date, revealing the maturing nature of China’s cyber-espionage ecosystem.

A cybersecurity firm

The Health Ministry sees the resignations of junior doctors as a collective action and issued return-to-work orders to punish them. Doctors didn’t know that South Korea was a dictatorship capable of exercising excessive abuse of laws.

Joo Soo-ho
Former president. Korean Medical Association

Some young people don’t dare to leave their house anymore. They’re even afraid of crossing roads.

Unnamed resident in Mandalay, Myanmar

Leaving is not my choice. I am unable to work and have been unfairly accused of prejudicing the interests of the state. It has become clear that I cannot keep living in India.

Vanessa Dougnac
French journalist

Commencing an appeal would only delay the possibility of adequate and supervised medical care, after five years of inhumane treatment and abject medical neglect.

Family of Yang Hengjun
China-born Australian citizen and pro-democracy writer, who was recently slapped with a suspended death sentence on espionage charges

We’ve been receiving a massive number of applications from Myanmar people in our job openings, mainly Gen Z and millennials telling us they need to leave [as soon as possible]. It’s heartbreaking.

Emilie Palamy Pradichit
Founder, Manushya Foundation (a human rights organization in Bangkok)

I have spent nights here praying - and everything is gone. If we do not protect our history, then who will?

Rana Safvi
Historian and author

When you enter a household, work hours, and get wages, you are already a domestic worker. They have the right to receive protection as migrant workers...

Judha Nugraha
Director, Indonesian Citizen Protection

I felt heartbroken as my son was tortured and killed. I was so angry at first that I wanted to take revenge but we could do nothing but grieve.

Myint Zaw

The arrest of a journalist strikes at the heart of democracy, revealing the fragility of Thailand’s commitment to freedom of speech and press freedom.

David Diaz-Jogeix
Senior Director of Programmes, ARTICLE 19

I will readily become a fighter for social movements, a warrior for the pro-democracy movement, and a martyr for democracy and human rights.

Koo Sze-yiu
78, Veteran Hong Kong activist

Today’s diplomatic complicity in the catastrophic human rights and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is the culmination of years of erosion of the international rule of law and global human rights system.

Agnès Callamard
Secretary General, Amnesty International

We are here for the long haul. A month, six months, a year, it does not matter, we will only retreat when we win this battle.

Mela Singh
70, Indian farmer

This report clearly identifies appalling risks that climate and environmental journalists face because of the stories they pursue.

Frane Maroević
Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)

Women Press Freedom is alarmed by the incessant trolling and abuse being hurled at journalists by political parties in Pakistan ... following the country’s 10th general elections on February 8.

Coalition for Women in Journalism

The junta’s atrocity crimes are a daily occurrence. (International Criminal Court) member states should urgently refer the situation to the Court and send a message to the junta that these attacks are unacceptable.

John Quinley
Director, Fortify Rights

(T)he ethical and moral breaches by Jokowi show that he is against a critical public voice.

Aksi Gejayan Memanggil
Student movement in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

One of the best ways to rebuild children’s lives and restore a sense of normalcy is to get them back to school and learning, so that they can play with their friends, learn and heal.

Alice Akunga
UNICEF representative to Nepal

People with disabilities are said to face twice the risk of direct death by tsunami or collapsed homes. The outcome of the latest survey is serious.

Katsunori Fujii
Chairperson, Executive Board, Japan Council on Disability

Failure to protect key contributors to the economy, as SMEs account for 52% of GDP and 45% of employment, could have dire consequences, potentially leading to economic collapse.

Tania Abeysundara
Business owner in Sri Lanka

What we need is uniformity in sharing equal opportunities when it comes to education, employment and overall development.

Muhammad Arif
Chairman, Centre for Harmony and Peace, Uttar Pradesh, India

There is a need to rewind and reconsider the existing states’ jurisdiction on Islamic law.

Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod
Law Professor, Taylor University

Economic challenges are so serious, grave, and the solutions so very painful that I am unsure how anyone who comes to power will steady the ship.

Abbas Nasir
Aljazeera Columnist and Former Executive Editor, BBC Asia Pacific Region

Given the lingering pressures of the cost of living... we hope that we can take some proactive action, especially in the Budget, to support workers.

Ng Chee Meng
Secretary-General, National Trade Unions Congress (Singapore)

Residents who refused to receive the photo were forced to take them, saying it was an order from the Party.

Unnamed resident
North Hamgyong, North Korea

He learned that I am an activist, so he said to me, ‘You are in Thailand, so you can do whatever you like, but you should think about your relatives in Vietnam.'

Lu A Da
Head, Hmong Human Rights Coalition

Nobody is converted or asked to become Christian. But still, police arrested our people.

Father Donald D’Souza
Chancellor and Spokesperson, Lucknow Diocese in India

I would urge others who have become disabled in this revolution to keep fighting! We are going to achieve the goal we all want.

Khu Me Reh
Karenni Nationalities Defense Force in Myanmar

He is punished by the Chinese government for his criticism of human rights abuses in China and his advocacy for universal values such as human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Feng Chongyi
Australian Scholar

The Vietnamese government views the simple act of prayer as a direct threat to their power and legitimacy. No person should fear jail for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.

Mervyn Thomas
Founder and President, Central Highlands Evangelical Church of Christ (CSW)

We've noticed an increase in neonatal deaths due to factors such as prematurity, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, infections, and perinatal asphyxia.

Dr. Jahangir Alam
Director, Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute, and Secretary-General, Bangladesh Paediatric Association

The attack is not an isolated act but the result of a coordinated online campaign of misinformation, disinformation and hate speech.

United Nations Refugee Agency

Civil society in India has been defunded and several have been jailed.... It is also a signal to civil society: you can talk on water conversation or solar panels in villages but do not speak for human rights or rights of minorities.

Professor of Hindi Literature, University of Delhi

I hope, after my visit, the government authorities will look into those cases, review the case and dismiss the charges. Or, bring them to trial rapidly with full due process so that it can be decided whether or not they are guilty.

Irene Khan
U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion,

There is still time for the international community – ASEAN, the U.N., our neighbours and other nations – to stand with us on the right side of history.

Duwa Lahsi La
Acting President, Myanmar National Unity Government

Why have you come here? Why have you brought your vehicles here? This is our ancestral land. We graze our livestock here.

Unnamed herder
Union Territory of Ladakh, India

This is potentially the most dangerous moment for human rights in Hong Kong since the introduction of the National Security Law in 2020. The new proposed Article 23 legislation could further entrench repression in the city.

Chan Chak-ming
Amnesty International

Over the past three years, Thailand has witnessed rising demands for monarchy reform. The constitutional court has essentially disallowed that momentum to grow further.

Sunai Phasuk
Asia Division Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Every single civil and political right, whether it be freedom of expression, right to public assembly, or freedom of association, is being systematically violated by the Vietnamese government.

Phil Robertson
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

As the Constitution states that legislators are obligated to protect people's basic rights, we believe that the lawmakers' dereliction of duty has violated the Constitution.

Huang Hsin-wen (黃馨雯)
Lawyer, Environmental Rights Foundation

They have weapons, but we have the courage to continue our struggle against atrocities and injustices.

Mahrang Baloch

Until our politics puts a stop to hatred for the other side and misguided language that disseminates that hatred to the public, there’s a strong chance that unfortunate incidents like this one will continue to occur.

Yun Jae-ok
Member, South Korea Parliament

Everyone in my family is suffering from cold-related ailments. We have spent the whole winter outdoors and under a tent.

Keshar Bahadur Rawat
Resident of Ward 1, Bheri Municipality, Jajarkot, Kamali Province, Nepal

The challenge now is to make sure these policies and strategies take hold in the field. That task falls to prefectures and municipalities, which must implement them.

The Mainichi

It serves as a continuation of ethnic genocide, systematically dismantling Uyghur culture through this approach.

Ilshat Hesen Kokbore
Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, World Uyghur Congress

(A) lot of education still needs to be done with (Malaysia's) government agencies themselves to adopt human rights as a framework for their work.

Ryan Chua
Programme Director, Pusat KOMAS (a human rights group in Malaysia)

In addition to jeopardizing democratic values, vague and overly restrictive legislation can hinder investment and the development of a digital economy, undermining the economic growth that Sri Lanka needs.

Julie Chung
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka

We urge the authorities to release [Vietnamese political prisoner Nguyen Thuy Hanh] so that she can receive full and immediate access to proper medical care.

Josef Benedict
Campaigner, CIVICUS

Saving lives and rescuing those in distress at sea is a humanitarian imperative and a longstanding duty under international maritime law.

United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees

There you will die once; here you die daily, every moment.

Ashok Rohilla
Indian cechanic in India

When the buying of illegally imported animals stops, the smuggling will cease.

National Parks Board and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

[The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan] stands in solidarity with the ongoing Baloch camp led by women against enforced disappearances that has faced persistent harrassment from local law enforcement, as well as dismissal from government authorities.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

China has long ranked as one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists. Censorship makes the exact number of journalists jailed there notoriously difficult to determine.

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Twenty years later, we continue to search for the real killer and those behind the killings to bring them to justice.

Rong Chhun
Cambodian union leader and activist

Airshed management needs a regional plan. But 2024 is an election year in India and Pakistan, and government-to-government cooperation hasn’t reached that level.

Abid Suleri
Analyst, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (an Islamabad-based nonprofit)

This dangerous and brazen case of terror-tagging poses a direct threat to the life of Ka Daning, his family, and other peasant leaders and members of the KMP [Peasant Movement of the Philippines] and the progressive peasant movement.

Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines)

In my opinion, the shooting is not a terrorist incident, but this is a sign that the water has broken its banks and people cannot stand the oppression.

Alur Y Min
An evangelical church preacher and a member of Vietnam's ethnic group Ede, who's now living as a refugee in Thailand

(T)hose responsible should be held accountable, and the honor of the 159 victims who lived faithfully every day should be restored. I hope that the religious community will pay attention and be with us until the end.

Lee Jeong-min
Chairperson, Itaewon Disaster Bereaved Families Association

(I)t is more politically important to have the IPCM [Independent Press Council Myanmar] because... we can promote media freedom more independently....

Tin Tin Nyo
Managing Director, Burma News International

This case will set a precedent for those who love this country and want to fight for justice in the country to hold protests.

Panthep Puapongpan
Member, People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)

[Ilham Tohti's] life sentence demonstrates [China’s] efforts to silence those brave enough to speak out against the government’s discriminatory practices and other human rights abuses, which include genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

U.S. State Department

Lack of awareness, incorrect traditions, the dominance of religious leaders and fatwas, poverty, and families’ desperation – all contribute to forcing girls into forced and underage marriages.

Taranum Saeedi
Women’s rights activist

We protested because the compensation was inadequate…. The rights [of citizens] have been violated [by people] who have power and wealth to oppress villagers.

Farmer from Preah Vhear province, Cambodia

The draft outlines an overbearing system of self-regulation … that can allow the government to exercise a great degree of control on these bodies … therefore create an overarching censorship framework.

Editors Guild of India

We do not want humanitarian aid to stop should our intervention stop… I hope for more international community support for these MLCs (Migrant Learning Centers) because they rely on donors.

Rika Yorozu
Executive Officer and Regional Programme Coordinator, UNESCO

A fixed parliamentary term can also ensure the continuous implementation of reform agendas and policies without disruption.

Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said
Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reforms)

While drug use presents a serious challenge to society, a heavy-handed law enforcement approach is not the solution.

U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights

In a strategic effort to legitimize its colonization of the Uyghur region, the Chinese Communist Party carefully organizes propagandist visits for diplomats, journalists and religious scholars.

Claudia Bennett
Legal and Program Officer, Human Rights Foundation

Cambodia’s self-characterization as a democratic government does not reflect the reality.

Human Rights Watch

My only hope is that my parents can enjoy a dignified, peaceful, and serene old age – until our next life when and where we may finally meet.

Simon Cheng
U.K.-based activist wanted by Hong Kong's national security police

We express our serious concern over the allegations of judicial harassment, office raids, targeted financial sanctions, asset freezing and other administrative sanctions against religious groups, Indigenous Peoples and organizations.

Six U.N. Special Rapporteurs

No one can say what the law is at present because the military council has ignored laws and regulations.

Unnamed Burmese lawyer

We are often forced to shut shops due to curfews and shutdowns even after months of violence.

Helena Kshetri
Fruit Vendor in India

I never thought I would see in my lifetime a ban on the cruel dog meat industry in South Korea, but this historic win for animals is testament to the passion and determination of our animal protection movement.

JungAh Chae
Executive Director, Humane Society International Korea

Beijing is signalling that it can violate Taiwanese airspace at will and challenge its sovereignty.

Raymond Kuo
Director, Taiwan Policy Initiative at Rand Corp.

Afghanistan endured its worst drought in 30 years last year... something which has kept levels of food insecurity in Afghanistan among the highest in the world.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

In such an environment, it is better to boycott the election. The election did not go as we were assured. Even complaining to the police did not help

Mokabbir Khan
Member of Parliament representing Sylhet 2 (Bishwanath-Osmaninagar) constituency and a candidate of Gono Forum (People's Forum) in Bangladesh

He just simply wants justice for himself and others who are the victims.

Soc Synet
Wife of Cambodian government critic and agricultural expert, Ny Nak

Rather than a president who is devoted to running the country and prioritizing state affairs, Yoon looks more like a husband doing everything in his power to protect his wife.

The Hankyoreh

This staggering workload takes a toll on their personal lives, well-being, and ability to provide quality education.

Justine Itugot
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cerebro, an edtech company dedicated to empowering teachers and enhancing education

War is madness, it is always a defeat for humanity.

Pope Francis

This act is extremely troubling in updating a colonial-era instrument concerning telecommunications in India.

Raman Jit Singh Chima
Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel, Access Now

A junior-high school student being murdered on campus indicates that there is a big hole in the campus safety net.

Chang Che-wei (張哲維)
National Alliance of Presidents of Parents’ Associations (Taiwan)

This election is a charade. It’s a mockery of our democracy – whatever is left of it.

Shahidul Alam
Rights Activist, Bangladesh

People are desperate to leave the country as they have lost hope that they can substantially improve their living standards staying in this country [Nepal].

Hari Roka
Political economy analyst in Nepal

We have the freedom to organize weddings, but they are only recognized by our families, not the state. Without the marriage law, discrimination against LGBT people would continue.

Souy Sitha
72-year-old Cambodian, who has been in a same-sex marriage since 1975

Just because we're unseen and unheard, it doesn't mean that there's no discrimination. In addition to social stigma and prejudice, we are not granted equal rights in government policies and the state welfare system.

Kim Min-jeong
30-year-old bisexual

I have been punished for a crime that I haven't committed. If you want to call it justice, you can.

Muhammad Yunus
Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of Grameen Bank, a microcredit institution

The deadly figures from this year illustrate how badly we need an international binding instrument forcing states to adopt key mechanisms to protect journalists’ safety and independence.

Anthony Bellanger
General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists

Judicial documents carry the goal of the rule of law … it is an essential part of justice to disclose the facts of a case, the results of the judgment and the corresponding reasons.

Lao Dongyan
China Policy Critic and Law Professor, Tsinghua University in Beijing

Since Vietnam's prisons provide virtually no health services to start with, Le Huu Minh Tuan should be immediately and unconditionally released....

Phil Robertson
Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch Asia

Khudi Bari has saved us. We did not leave... we slept on the upper floor. I hope we will never have to flee our homes thanks to this house.

Abu Sayeed
40-year-old farmer living in Char Shildaha, Bangladesh

I am very disappointed, particularly in the significant increase in deaths among motorcyclists and the elderly, and those caused by gravel trucks and tour buses. We have to address the issue with local officials and propose solutions to problems such as fatigue driving.

Wang Kwo-tsai
Taiwan Minister of Transportation and Communications

Increasingly, journalists in India face the threat of unlawful surveillance simply for doing their jobs.

Donncha Cearbhaill
Head, Amnesty International (AI) Security Lab,

What's the difference between you and the uneducated, violent group? Your alma mater is a symbol of higher education. But your mentality is savage.

Herriy Cahyadi
Founder, Visi Searah Cendekia Foundation (a humanitarian NGO in Indonesia)

We often suffer from asthma, fever and allergies while operating rickshaws on the streets. It is often very painful.

Rafiq Mondal
Driver in Dhaka, Bangladesh

After that [earthquake], every night in the tent it has been getting colder and colder. It will soon start snowing, how will we survive?

Shanta Bahadur Budha
Resident, Barekot, a municipality in Jajarkot District, Karnali Province of Nepal

But for many more positions marked ‘men-only’, women really had no way to apply.

Wang Lin
Author, Data analysis report by the Inspection Squad for Workplace Gender Discrimination, a non-government organization fighting gender discrimination in China

When it comes to searching entertainment venues, police and drug officials may use suspicion as a reason to take photos of ID cards or personal documents of a suspect, which is an abuse of their human their human rights and personal liberty.

Rawitsara Piakhuntod
Human Rights Officer, Institute of HIV Research and Innovation in Thailand

Millions of girls have been prevented from going to schools. This, along with harmful social norms and traditional practices, has exposed many girls to severe forms of violence and abusive behaviors, including honor killings ...

Virginia Gamba
Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the U.N. for Children and Armed Conflict

Most of the crimes that occur recently are for survival, and if people had enough to live, they would not have occurred in the first place.

Unnamed North Korean

There is a deeply-rooted patriarchal mindset that is still very normal in India, and many people still see girls and women as burdens.

Sunil Jaglan
Indian activist campaigning against female feticide in the country

Sarawak will be the first state to offer a free education program to its citizens. The state government undoubtedly considers this as a chance to give back to the community.

Dr Zaimuariffudin Shukri Nordin
Head of education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (UNIMAS) Faculty of Education, Language and Communication

(E)fforts to broaden rights for LGBTI people don’t go nearly far enough to ensure equal rights guaranteed under international law. These bills set Thailand on a new path that could right those wrongs.

Chanatip Tatiyakaroonwong
Thailand Researcher, Amnesty International

All three candidates have released incredibly weak 2030 renewable energy targets, which are insufficient to address Taiwan’s renewable energy shortage.

Lena Chang (張皪心)
East Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace

The world has no excuse for neglecting a humanitarian crisis that repeats itself every year…. The international community has the power to solve this issue, but the will to do so is lacking.

Kyaw Win
Executive Director, Burma Human Rights Network

China knows that an exodus of North Korean refugees would be massive and unstoppable once they realize China is safe to go to…. Border guards would be among the first to flee. That means the collapse of the border and the beginning of the end of the Kim Jong-un regime.

Kang Chol-hwan
North Korean defector-turned-activist and president of Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Center

2024 will be disastrous on the lives and livelihood of the drivers and operators, and even commuters who have lost so many hours in productive work and income due to the absence of a viable mass public transport system.

Bayan Muna Partylist

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on the occasion of International Migrants' Day ... it is more necessary than ever to remind States of their legal obligations to respect and implement cultural rights of migrant workers and members of their families. These rights are ... inherent in the dignity of all human persons.

United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers

The trial is a travesty of justice. It may be Jimmy Lai who is in the dock, but it is press freedom and the rule of law that are on trial in Hong Kong.

Beh Lih Yi
Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists

In responding with force, the state has once again violated the protestors’ constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of peaceful assembly.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Host clubs operate like cults. It’s a vicious business model that is no different from human trafficking. Host clubs are not selling champagne – they’re selling women’s bodies.

Hidemori Gen
Founder, Nippon Kakekomidera (which translates as Japan refuge temple), a nonprofit helping troubled youth

The release of woman human rights defender Neda Parwani and her husband is a positive development. She should not have been put in prison in the first place.

Amnesty International South Asia

We have electricity bills that haven’t been paid for since August; the shelter hasn’t been receiving food since July, either.

Vicky Chandel
Caretaker, Homeless Shelter in Dandi Park, India

Many political prisoners die in their 40s, mostly because of the severe torture they go through while in prison.

Ngawang Sangdrol
Former political prisoner

Who is responsible for these kinds of abuses? Who are the actual people who are on the ground repressing the population and implementing these policies?

Peter Irwin
Associate Director for Research and Advocacy, Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP)

Malaysia is one of only two countries globally that discriminate against men in passing their nationality to children born out of wedlock.

Maalini Ramalo
Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas, Director of Social Protection

As the Afghanistan people are in bad economic situation, this is the human, moral and social job of the international community to not leave Afghanistan people alone.

Abdul Zohoor Madabir
Afghan economic expert

To provide quality patient care, healthcare workers need to work in an environment where they feel safe and are not threatened or traumatised by incidents of abuse and harassment.

Ministry of Health in Singapore

We've learned that many BNP [Bangladesh Nationalist Party] activists were tortured in police custody after they were arrested as part of the nationwide crackdown.

Kayser Kamal
Legal Chief, Bangladesh Nationalist Party

We reported to the authorities when we came upon the forest crimes so that legal action could be taken on the perpetrators, but there was no investigation after that.

Srey Thy
Representative, Prey Lang Community Network

During the first few months at the casino, we were seriously punished, tased, left standing in the sun all day, and sometimes deprived of food. We worked all day, non-stop with no break at all.

Unnamed Laoatian returnee and human trafficking victim

Relocating the school is a good idea, but nearly the entire town is flooded. Where can we be relocated?

Eufemia Castro
Head, San Gabriel Elementary School, Macabebe, Pampanga Province, located northwest of Manila

Many Afghan returnees are vulnerable, including women and children, who could lose their lives in a harsh winter if left without adequate shelter.

U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Our government has continued to try to restore the honor and dignity of the victims of wartime sexual slavery.

Unnamed official
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, South Korea

The attacks on the media in Bangladesh, especially by leaders and members affiliated with political parties, are extremely alarming.

International Federation of Journalists

The prosecution and detention of Bilal Mohammed and Yusufu Mieraili exemplify some of the disturbing features of Thailand’s criminal justice and penitentiary systems, which are too often rife with abuses and discrimination.

Adilur Rahman Khan
Secretary-General, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

The prosecutors’ raid on a media company CEO's residence over charges of defamation, which are not included in the scope of their direct investigation authority… is the sort of action that we might witness during the dictatorship.

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
A Seoul-based NGO

The new standalone tobacco law is necessary but stops short of being bold for the sake of public health.

Loh Foon Fong
Senior Freelance Health Journalist, Malaysia

South Korea cannot save these people on its own. Help is needed from everyone who is concerned about what will happen to these people when they get back to North Korea.

Kim Sang-woo
South Korean Congress for New Politics and Board Member, Kim Dae-jung Peace Foundation

Honor killing in Pakistan is an abhorrent ... practice that has no place in our modern society. We must unite as a collective force against this grave violation of human dignity.

Malaika Raza
General Secretary (Human Rights wing), Pakistan People’s Party

The problem will still be the same. This law will be used by officials who felt offended; the officials will get extra protection by this law.

Citra Referendum
Jakarta Legal Aid Institute

Trafficking in persons is a serious human rights violation, and the government has a responsibility to prevent such crimes, punish perpetrators, and provide protection and assistance to victims.

National Human Rights Commission of Korea

Important lessons of the Holocaust ... and the lessons of Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and others – made it absolutely clear that p reventing genocide, and bringing its perpetrators to account before all humanity, is essential to the work of advancing human rights.

Volker Türk
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

Concerted efforts must be made to prevent the recurrence of such violent incidents and to safeguard the fundamental right to worship without fear of anyone.

Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo
President, Caritas Philippines (the social action arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines)

I don’t want to be forced to do anything any more, and I don’t want to be forced to go to mainland China any more.

Agnes Chow
Hong Kong activist who was one of the nine people arrested in 2020 under the new national security law and released on bail under conditions,

While completely disappointing, the Prosecutor’s decision underscores the urgent need for a truly international effort to prosecute the crimes unfolding in Myanmar

Matthew Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Fortify Rights

Journalists must be able to do their work without fearing for their safety.

Iris Hsu
China Representative, Committee to Protect Journalists

The Chinese government may use as many strategies as they want, but they cannot succeed in erasing the faith and loyalty that Tibetans have for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Pema Gyal
Researcher, Tibet Watch London

This is a huge insult to our lolas (grandmothers). And that’s what they (grandmothers) are also thinking, that what happened before may (be repeated).

Clydelle Jorgio
Philippine youth volunteer, Lila Pilipina (an organization of Filipino comfort women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese army during World War II)

The IFJ condemns the violent assault of Md Nahid Hasan, and calls for a swift and thorough investigation into the incident. The rise in attacks on journalists and media workers by the BCL [Bangladesh Chhatra League] and other political groups is deeply alarming...

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

If the flood will cut us off, we will miss the nature of this village, our neighbors and relatives.

Tehzeeb Jamil
15, a resident of Hassanabad village, in Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan region (dubbed the land of glaciers), in northern Pakistan

Brokers take the Rohingya refugees in small boats going between the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Then they take the refugees to larger vessels far out to the sea.

Unnamed Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh

What he and his colleagues at The Kashmir Walla actually did was to report widely and honestly about events in Kashmir, where journalists operate in an increasingly oppressive and hostile atmosphere.

Mark Sappenfield
Editor, The Christian Science Monitor

Despite sustained international and national pressure and countless campaigns, the families of the murdered civilians still await full justice....

International Federation of Journalists

By taking control of the Broadcasting Council, the military regime eliminates one of the last obstacles to its complete control over the media.

Cédric Alviani
Asia-Pacific Bureau Director, Reporters Without Borders

It was a special feeling when I could make something delicious, but my legs and back ache now, and understanding the revised law is difficult. I just can't do it anymore.

Unnamed 85-year-old daikon pickle farme from Sannai district in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan

(T)he so-called ‘war on drugs’ has militarized drug control efforts.. alongside evidence of multiple and serious human rights violations in some cases.

Volker Türk
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

With over six million people already internally displaced throughout the country, Afghans returning from Pakistan face a precarious, uncertain future.

International Organization for Migration

I don't know if government agencies care about these people as much as the support center does.

Yang Mo-min
50, Naturalized citizen from Bangladesh, who works as a counselor at the Uijeongbu Support Center for Foreign Workers, in the city of Uijeongbu in northern Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

The reported incident apparently indicates that the authorities, who are the lawful guardians of the inmates in their custody, have failed to protect the juveniles.

National Human Rights Commission India
On the reported sexual abuse of two juveniles by fellow wards in a child protection home in Mukherjee Nagar in northern Delhi

The Executive Yuan must take action on the issue which should include improving work conditions, increasing salaries, clarifying legal responsibilities...

Fan Sun-lu (范巽綠)
Member, Control Yuan

Australian officials should publicly and clearly call on the Lao government to respect freedom of expression and association, and end the cruel practice of forcibly disappearing its critics.

Daniela Gavshon
Australia Director, Human Rights Watch

Amidst rapidly changing circumstances on the ground, it is imperative that all parties strictly respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, particularly to protect civilians.

Jeremy Laurence
Spokesperson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

We see problems in the country and fight for change, and to gain freedom and equality. That is not an offence. I do not have to plead guilty, and this is not an admission of guilt even if I have to be punished.

Anon Nampa
Human Rights Lawyer in Thailand

We won't be able to go back; we won't be able to report on the ground, and that really limits you as a journalist in a huge way.

Shibani Mahtani
Co-Author, "Among the Braves," a recently published book on the protest movement in Hong Kong

Ongoing mass political arrests, enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killings, and torture of political opponents and critics make the Bangladesh government’s commitments to ‘protecting human rights for all’ meaningless.

Julia Bleckner
Senior Asia Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of criminal incidents in this region [the Golden Triangle], including the kidnapping and imprisonment of our [South Korean] nationals to force them to commit illegal acts in exchange for lucrative rewards.

South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cambodian authorities cruelly uprooted families who have lived in Angkor for several generations, forcing them to live hand to mouth at ill-prepared relocation sites.

Montse Ferrer
Interim Deputy Regional Director for Research, Amnesty International

We expect much out of the robot now that labor is in such short supply.

Takeshi Yoshida
Head, Takamiya No Aisai Farm

The need for legal aid in the country is very large because people really need help from lawyers, especially in cases of land grabbing and disputes. There are many disputes, complaints and denunciations.

Vo An Don
Activist lawyer who left Vietnam to seek political asylum in the United States

The HRCP is especially alarmed by rights violations against vulnerable groups.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

If the children are not being educated or are not skilled enough, there’s going to be intergenerational poverty.

Manoj Dhar
Founder, Integrated Brilliant Education Limited (IBEL)

Women described fainting, being hospitalized with dehydration, or being otherwise sickened by heat while pregnant.... Some women described exhausted despair while hand-fanning hot and uncomfortable babies hour after hour without electricity to run a fan.

Skye Wheeler
Women's Rights Division Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

The new place is also too far away from the city, markets, and schools… There is no land to farm. It’s just a house in which we can sleep. We can’t do anything else.

Unnamed resident
Na Teuy resettlement village, Luang Namtha Province, Laos

There is no place for such cruelty and oppression in a territory that claims to uphold the rule of law and respect the right to freedom of expression.

Catholic Church Leaders

It was a time when we witnessed the depth of human suffering and the height of human compassion... [where I found] countless acts of kindness.

Alren Beronio
Photographer from Eastern Samar in the Eastern Visayas region, Philippines

Parents often endure physical and psychological stress when caring for premature babies, with some of them struggling to pay medical bills. Government-funded subsidies would be a great help to first-time parents with premature infants.

Huang Hsiung-fang (黃秀芳)
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator in Taiwan

This week, we learned that a source of funding that we had been counting on was no longer going to come through, and we have had to make the difficult decision to close down.

Jeremy Goldkorn
Editor-in-Chief, The China Project, one of the few independently funded English-language publications covering China for Western audiences

The health repercussions of air pollution in cities are extensive and multifaceted. These bustling urban areas, besieged by elevated air pollution levels, confront a spectrum of health issues that affect people of all age groups.

Abdul Waheed Bhutto
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, in Karachi, Pakistan

The parties to the conflict & the international community face an immediate & fundamental responsibility: Stop this inhuman collective suffering & dramatically expand humanitarian aid.

António Guterres
U.N. Secretary-General

(W)e must recognize and treasure the presence, identity, tradition, and culture of Indigenous peoples in the Asian Church. The ministries should include them in all kinds of services, not only as beneficiaries but also providers of services

Sister Magdalen Bui
Missionary Nun, Good Shepherd, Vietnam

If doctors are unconditionally exempted from criminal punishment, that will threaten patients' safety.

Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice
A civil society group in South Korea

The Indian authorities have weaponized laws to crack down on the human rights work by HRDs [human rights defenders], activists, and non-profit organizations in the country.

Aakar Patel
Chairperson, Amnesty International India

The decision... is bad news for Awyu Indigenous People, who are struggling to defend their customary land.

Coalition to Save Papuan Customary Forests

We hope victims will feel safe and can consult without hesitation.

Ayuko Kato
Minister of State for Policies Related to Children

We make expensive clothes; they get sold at higher prices abroad.They make good money. But we don't get a wage in accordance with that. Why can't they pay us a higher wage, if they can sell the clothes at higher prices?

Garment worker in Bangladesh

Where is democracy? [We are] people [just] walking on the streets who speak their mind but they outlaw us and the authorities are resorting to violence and unethical behavior.

Ream SreyMech Rathana
Environmental Activist

Bangladesh should be ashamed of its treatment of women.

Syed Mohammad Saikh Imtiaz
Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Dhaka University

This latest attack on independent media in Myanmar is representative of the junta’s systematic campaign against dissent.

Myanmar Journalists Network

The Hong Kong Government’s increasing belligerent and authoritarian behaviour which includes the recent targeting of Australian citizens and Hong Kong activists with arrest warrants and bounties, reflect why it is wholly unsuited to join RCEP.

Kevin Andrews
Former Defense Minister and Former Member of Parliament in Australia

House rents have also spiked. The only thing that has not increased is salaries.

Al Kamran
Union Leader in Ashulia, Bangladesh

Delhi is facing the worst pollution levels of this season and the situation is unlikely to improve for the next few days.

Senior Official
Ministry of Earth Sciences, India

We just want to know the fundamental reasons why on Oct. 29, 2022, thousands of people fell, 159 of them died and thousands of others were injured or ended up living with trauma.

Families of the Victims of the Itaewon Crush in South Korea

Police and armed ruling party cadres attacked our peaceful rally.

Zahir Uddin Swapan
Spokesman, Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Air pollution in Pakistan and across South Asia is a grave concern, significantly reducing life expectancy and adversely impact­ing the overall quality of life.

Shamsha Nadil
Karachi (Pakistan) resident

If the authorities focus their energy on the matter, two years is definitely sufficient … They don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

Jerome Yau Ming-lock
Co-founder, Hong Kong Marriage Equality

We are afraid to drive to the farm; the trucks do not give us the space to drive… We are worried that trucks will hit our children when they go to school.

San Sun
Resident of Rik Reay commune in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

It is extremely disappointing that I will have to delay changing gender because that was not allowed by the latest ruling.

Takakito Usui
A transgender man

We are a Christian people whose pastors are being murdered and whose churches and faith-based schools are being destroyed in a systematic campaign by junta forces.

Salai Za Uk Ling
Deputy Executive Director, Chin Human Rights Organization, and one of the five Myanmar nationals who filed a landmark complaint against 10 members of his country's military junta in Philippine courts on Oct. 25, based on the principle of “universal jurisdiction” in international law for the prosecution of war crimes

Our question is: How can Member States increase accountability for the ongoing abuses faced by vulnerable populations in Afghanistan?

David Johnson
Senior Adviser for South and Central Asia in the United States

The presidential office and all the government officials who exercised tangible and intangible pressure on the sale process will be held judicially accountable.

Yoon Chang-hyun
Head, National Union of Media Workers

We’re hoping that they don’t do the bidding of a government that is trying to withhold the funds of citizens who want to leave that city.

Katherine Leung
Policy Adviser for Canada, Hong Kong Watch

Military courts do not meet the standards of fair trial, nor are such trials likely to be impartial or independent ... (I)t is imperative that civilian institutions are upheld and strengthened, not undermined, by the use of military courts.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

I would definitely say it’s a whitewash. Look at this report, it is very shallow.

Tan Ei Ein
Landslide survivor in Malaysia

The government has to do positive things for us if they want our vote. We vote, right? So we also have rights, we also have demands, we’re also human.

Siddhant Roy
Queer activist

With the beginning of the war, a good number of faithful are participating in all religious activities and sharing with me their anxieties and fear daily.

Father Chrisantha Sri Lal Fernando
Who is serving the Sri Lankan Catholic community in Israel

We are calling upon the government, civil society and public and private sector partners to commit, communicate and take collective action to better support mental health and promote the well-being of all children, adolescents and caregivers.

Will Parks
UNICEF Representative to Cambodia

They’re already in prison and have already been arrested… So they continue to torture our comrades psychologically. This only shows the brutality of the military dictators

Shin Thant
Member, Monywa People’s Strike Committee

The Taliban’s philosophy is nothing to do with Islam, it is a draconian subversive philosophy which is against different people and different communities and as we know against women and girls.

Lord Ahmad
United Kingdom Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia

Actions must be taken to make sure that foreign workers are not discriminated (against) in the area beyond our legal framework.

Lee Joo-hwan
Member, South Korean People Power Party

There is hopelessness for the queers in India.

Midi, 28
LGBT student in New Delhi

The Sheikh Hasina regime has long established a pattern of silencing dissidents and the opposition using the judiciary that has been massively infiltrated with her political loyalists.

Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman
Consultant, Capital Punishment Justice Project

We don’t want to move because this is our Malay way of life. If we leave, our identity will be lost.

63, resident of Rempang island in Indonesia's Riau province

There is no room for opposition, and things are likely to get more repressive in the education sector.

Political cartoonist in Hong Kong

In this case, the tragedy is compounded by Vietnam’s use of the death penalty, which is a cruel, unusual, and absolutely irreversible punishment that blatantly violates international human rights.

Phil Robertson
Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch

We cannot escape this situation. And nobody is protecting us from these dangers

Rohingya refugee in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

The world must wake up to the horror unfolding daily in Myanmar.

Matthew Wells
Director, Crisis Response Programme, Amnesty International

Our government is expecting these women to seek help on their own. How can people expect them to take the initiative to help themselves when they are already surrounded by all kinds of difficulties and stressful issues?

Chen Hsiu-pao (陳秀寶)
Democratic Progressive Party Legislator, Taiwan

The Bangladeshi government and local authorities must do more to combat the current disturbing rise of media rights violations in Bangladesh to ensure press freedom is upheld.

International Federation of Journalists

Despite international sanctions against the military junta… others – third-party countries like Indonesia – are still lending support to the military junta... Profits must never come at the expense of the people.

Civil society organizations, including FORUM-ASIA and the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Myanmar (Burma Solidarity)

Governments should denounce China’s latest returns and call for an end to future forced returns.

Lina Yoon
Asia Division Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

This conviction highlights a worrying trend of suppressing free expression within academic institutions and undermines the right to expression and the right to protest.

Nalini Elumalai
Senior Malaysia Programme Officer, Article 19

The government should declare suicide as a national disaster and put in all-out efforts to fight it.

Baek Jong-hean
Lawmaker, South Korea

We know climate change disproportionately affects women and is not gender neutral so there is a need to address those gaps and impacts.

Angela Baschieri
Adviser on Population and Development, U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA)

One in five young people are struggling with mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, or panic.

Minal Mahtani
Chief Executive Officer, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Support Hong Kong

It is crucial that all assistance prioritizes the most vulnerable groups ... including women, children, older individuals, and people with disabilities.

Zaman Sultani
Regional Researcher for South Asia, Amnesty International

It's not so much the Thai gun laws that have to change... it’s the institutions themselves that don’t really ... want to reform their firearms regulations.

Michael Picard
onsultant on the small arms trade for HALO Trust and Transparency International

Young people are not afraid to quit without a job waiting these days because there are so many ways for them to monetize their skills.

Vivek Iyyani
Millennial Minds, a Singapore-based recruitment firm

I was able to successfully obtain political asylum in Canada. This kindness... will never be forgotten.

Chen Siming
a Chinese activist who fled to Taiwan last month en route to seek political asylum in the United States or Canada

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

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

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

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)

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

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
awyer, Johnny & Associates, Inc. a male talent agency in Japan

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Fr. Antonysamy Solomon
Secretary, Education Commission, Tamil Nadu Bishops Council

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

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

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

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

Lee Meng-chu
Taiwanese businessman

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

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

(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

(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

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

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
a refugee-led civil society organization

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
Estranged son of Thai King Vajiralongkorn

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

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

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

We should never silently endure (the harassment).

Unnamed Japanese public official

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

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

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

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

Agnès Callamard
Secretary General, Amnesty International

This 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)

This is actual political persecution and a blatant violation of religious freedom and international conventions.

Unnamed source in China

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

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)

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Over the last seven decades, the situation in Tibet has been deteriorating to the extent that it is now facing imminent threat of cultural genocide and total annihilation of Tibetan identity.

Yeshi Dolma
Exiled Tibetan Lawmaker

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

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

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

By legitimizing this criminal junta and providing direct support to them, ASEAN, the USA, and other dialogue partners are enabling them to continue waging a terror campaign against Myanmar people.

Khin Ohmar
Chair, Progressive Voice

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

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

The situation in Xinjiang remains of concern. Laws and policies assessed in our report are still in place ... Our 2022 assessment was clear on the need for accountability. We continue to stand by that, publicly and bilaterally.

Ravina Shamdasani
Spokesperson, U.N. Rights Office

The government must really pay attention to agriculture. Else, only landowners and proprietors, not farmers and farm workers, will benefit.

Marcelino Cruz Lucas
65, Filipino farmer

The city government gets involved in stuff it shouldn't, indiscriminately. They have destroyed the legacy left by our ancestors.

Jiang Jiawen
Resident, Liaoning Province in China

Enforced disappearance is a serious human rights violation that has frequently been used to spread terror.

United Nations

Whenever a batch of prisoners is sent to a labour camp, it is common to see one or two political prisoners among them.

Unnamed former inmate in Obo Prison in the city of Mandalay in Myanmar

Every day, a Dalit person is killed or attacked. Dalit women are stripped, raped and murdered.

Father Vijay Kumar Nayak
Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India Office for Dalits and Lower Classes

The climate crisis is a child rights crisis.

Will Parks
UNICEF representative in Cambodia

I have decided, with the guidance of legal counsel, to cease all operations of the Societas Linguistica Hongkongensis, effective immediately, in order to ensure the safety of my family and former members.

Andrew Chan
Founder and Convenor, Societas Linguistica Hongkongensis, which was set up to safeguard linguistic rights and uphold the status of the Cantonese language in Hong Kong

Rohingya refugees continue to tell us they want to return to Myanmar when it is safe for them to do so voluntarily.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Fighting for LGBT rights in the Muslim dominated south, especially in the Bangsamoro region, has always been very challenging because we risk our lives every time we travel to armed-conflict areas.

Rhadem Musawah
Leader, Mujer LGBTQ+, an independent gender rights advocacy group working in Mindanao in southern Philippines

There are so many criminal acts involving weapons that people are afraid to even speak face to face.

Unnamed resident of North Hamgyong province in North Korea

#Today, the Taliban group prevented the flight of 37 girls to study in the United Arab Emirates.... Under their rule, girls are prohibited from continuing their education outside of Afghanistan.

Maryam Marof Arwin
Leader and Founder, Afghanistan Women’s and Children Strengthen Welfare Organiztion

The Yoon administration practically acted as a spokesperson for Japan, even as it was going to pollute our waters with radioactive waste.

Lee Jae-myung
Head, Democratic Party of Korea

I worry it’s more difficult for young people to know the truth… I don’t know how long we can exist. We will continue to sell books as long as possible.

Leanne Liu
Store Manager, Boundary Bookstore

If villagers violate concession rights, they should answer to Lao authorities, not the investors. This country has laws to protect Lao people.

Unnamed Lao social commentator

A peaceful world can only be achieved by someone willing to change the world, that's why we are here.

Momo Nagato
16-year-old resident of Hiroshima and one of a group of high school students from Japan

This is very unfair as heterosexual couples can get visas as long as they can get by financially, but same-sex couples cannot.

Ariel Ling-chun Liu
Taiwanese spouse of Masahiro Shibaguchi, an openly gay assemblyman from Aichi Prefecture in Japan

It's always a risk going out in drag.... They see us as sexual deviants or sinners.

Carmen Rose
Veteran drag queen in Malaysia

India's persistent detention of human rights defender GN Saibaba is an inhumane and senseless act.... It bears all the hallmarks of a State seeking to silence a critical voice.

Mary Lawlor
U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

This isn’t about relaxation, but human rights – the right to live and the right to health.

Emily Lau Wai-hing
Former Lawmaker, Hong Kong’s Democratic Party

It's unacceptable and points to a larger, more worrying pattern of state-sanctioned violence against people exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

We keep on saying we have to create jobs. And here we are among the government bureaucracy itself, we have 240,000 unfilled positions.

Wilter Palma
Congressional Representative in the Philippines

Freedom, independence and justice are ideals that are never attained without sacrifice. The people of East Turkistan have borne a heavy burden in pursuit of these ideals.

Abdulhakim Idris
Executive Director, Center of Uyghur Studies in Virginia, U.S.

What on earth is the UN thinking?

Scot Marciel
Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar

It reflects in the current society that restrictions from the government on citizens’ freedom of speech and expression are tight, which makes freedom of speech limited, and some people no longer dare to speak.

Ly Sreysrors
Member, Young Analyst Group

Bibles have been desecrated and Christians have been tortured and harassed having been falsely accused of violating the Holy Quran. We cry for justice and action from law enforcement ...

Bishop Azad Marshall
President of the Church of Pakistan

My major in university is in environmental design, but with the rise of AI, I don’t have much hope in the design industry.

Li Nuojun
18, University student in China

Although our income has not increased, commodity prices never decline. It is not easy to get a meal if you don’t earn 10,000 kyats a day.

Unnamed housewife in Myanmar

They are utterly terrified of Gao Zhisheng. They're afraid that he will shine his light across the whole of China, and the Chinese Communist Party fears that more than anything.

Jie Lijian
Overseas-Based Youth Leader, China Democracy Party

It proves that he [Xi Jinping] is firmly in control, a manifestation of arrogant power. He's not even willing to stage-manage [relief and rescue efforts].

Lin Shengliang
Chinese dissident based in the Netherlands

I am very disappointed, the sentence is so light compared to what happened to me. They should have felt what I feel.

Siti Khotimah
Domestic worker in Jakarta, Indonesia, Who suffered physical abuse at the hands of her employer

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