Two years after the disappearance of Sombath Somphone on the evening of 15 December 2012, the directors from across the global Amnesty International movement write to express their deepest hopes for his safe return.
In the report, Missed Opportunities: Recommendations for Investigating the Disappearance of Sombath Somphone, which was co-authored by Michael Taylor QPM, a leading international investigator, the ICJ noted that despite the passage of two years since Sombath Somphone’s apparent enforced disappearance on December 15, 2012, very little information about the progress of investigation has been released to the public or his family.
Suaram urges the government to take immediate actions in stopping and reversing the above six major trends of human rights violations. This should include, but not limited to, a thorough and comprehensive law reform of all outdated legislations; legislate the necessary law such as freedom of information law, anti-torture law and refugee law; ratify all major international human rights treaties; establish the necessary independent institutions such as the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission and Equality Commission; put in place a National Human Rights Action Plan; carry out nation-wide human rights education program; etc.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted on Thursday the monarchy needs the lese majeste law to legally protect the institution.
18 December 2014 9:15AM
'All migrant workers are gamblers. They gamble that they will be migrating safely to a good job, but current systems favor recruiters and employers.'
The chair of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights has blamed police abuses in Papua province on the failure of the force to "adapt" to a democratic Indonesia.
A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao case has announced that it is confident the two Burmese nationals accused of the double murder are innocent of the crime.
On 12 December 2014, the Dong Thap Appellate Court in Vietnam upheld the previous sentence handed down to human rights defender Ms Bui Thi Minh Hang and two other protesters Mr Nguyen Van Minh and Ms Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, who were imprisoned on charges of “causing public disorder” under Article 245 of the Vietnamese Criminal Code
By Graham Land Dec 19, 2014 6:00AM UTC
The best interests of the child must prevail and must not be superseded by traditional practices when it comes to child marriages, said Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam.