Cambodia: Officials, police disrupt rights training events

For the second time in less than a month, a human rights training event in Cambodia has been disrupted by men carrying AK-47s, reports...

Vietnam: Fr Nguyen Van Ly should remain free

Vietnam should immediately release the Roman Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was sent back to prison on 25 July 2011 to serve...

Towards a new MPPP budgeting process

Lim Mah Hui looks at budgeting in the Penang Island Municipal Council and suggests several steps for improving the process. I wish to discuss...

Defend rights defenders; safeguard migrant workers

The president of the Malaysian Bar, Ragunath Kesavan, has come out in defence of human rights lawyer Charles Hector, who is facing a RM10...

US free trade pacts face opposition in Asia

US-led free trade agreements continue to face stiff oppositions even as they gain traction with some governments turning to such pacts in the hope...

Kachin women denounce Burmese Army offensive, atrocities

The Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) strongly denounces the Burmese military’s offensives against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and atrocities against civilians including rape,...

End use of Internal Security Act

The Malaysian government’s detention of 13 people under the Internal Security Act (ISA) contradicts Prime Minister Najib Razak’s pledge in September 2011 to repeal...

Civil service as Umno’s fixed deposit or game buster

Will civil servants fall for what appears to be an extra large carrot being dangled in front of them in the form of pay...

Thailand must protect refugee rights

Three international NGOs have expressed grave concern over the actions of Thai security personnel who forced at least 166 refugees back to Burma on...

PJS 1 low-cost house buyers: Enemies of PR state government?

It is a worrying trend to assume that no protests or pickets should be held against the PR government as the PR is supposed...

Lynas, a recalcitrant corporation

How long is the Government prepared to tolerate Lynas Corporation’s recalcitrant behaviour, wonders the Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) team. Earlier this month, International...

Probe crimes against humanity in Burma: Asian NGOs

Individuals and civil society groups around Asia have called on their governments to support the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into crimes against...

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