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15 May 2015 |

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.
29 April 2015 |

Indonesia: Global day of action calls for free and open access to Papua

Indonesia: Global day of action calls for free and open access to Papua NGOs, parliamentarians and solidarity groups all around the world are telling Indonesia that human rights abuses in Papua can no longer be ignored. Papuan voices must be heard. In this age of information, it's astounding that there are blackspot regions like West Papua.
22 April 2015 |

Groups call for end to crackdown on free expression

Groups call for end to crackdown on free expression Concerns include the use of Malaysia's Sedition Act to suppress legitimate criticism of government and courts.
20 April 2015 |

Pakistan's new cybercrime bill threatens rights to privacy and free expression

Pakistan's new cybercrime bill threatens rights to privacy and free expression Various groups expressed misgivings about the process by which a cybercrime bill was drafted and revised. The democratic process in Pakistan is undermined and the bill contains several provisions that are potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of expression.
3 March 2015 |

International mission to Sri Lanka pushes for critical reforms

International mission to Sri Lanka pushes for critical reforms The perception of increased media freedom must be made permanent, stress the delegates participating in an international mission to Sri Lanka.
19 December 2014 |

Press freedom, free expression still under threat in Indonesia, says international delegation

Press freedom, free expression still under threat in Indonesia, says international delegation Criminalisation of online speech, a climate of impunity for attacks against journalists, the concentration of media ownership and the politicisation of media outlets are all current areas of concern.
31 October 2014 |

Rights groups call for freedom of expression protections in Cambodia

Rights groups call for freedom of expression protections in Cambodia As violent crackdowns on freedom of expression have increased in Cambodia over the last year, rights groups and media are disturbed to observe a coinciding increase in impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.
27 August 2014 |

Joint appeal for release of Le Quoc Quan

Joint appeal for release of Le Quoc Quan Human rights organisations urge Vietnam to comply with UN and release human rights lawyer.
21 May 2014 |

Why is martial law imposed mainly on the media in Thailand?

Why is martial law imposed mainly on the media in Thailand? Shutting down media channels and banning critical commentary on the political situation in Thailand is misdirected and an overreaction, SEAPA warns.
7 March 2014 |

Chief Executive of Hong Kong urged to protect freedom of expression

Chief Executive of Hong Kong urged to protect freedom of expression After a series of increasingly violent events, IFEX members and supporters call on Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to take clear and deliberate steps to defend press freedom.
19 February 2014 |

Coalition condemns Vietnam court decision in Le Quoc Quan case

Coalition condemns Vietnam court decision in Le Quoc Quan case
It is believed that Mr. Quan's detention is politically motivated and a reaction to his blog, where he frequently exposed human rights violations by the Vietnamese government.
13 February 2014 | Vietnam

Vietnamese lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan on hunger strike ahead of his appeal trial

Vietnamese lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan on hunger strike ahead of his appeal trial Jailed Vietnamese blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan has launched a hunger strike to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide him access to legal counsel, access to legal and religious books, and access to a priest for spiritual guidance, ahead of his appeal trial on 18 February 2014 in Hanoi.
5 February 2014 | Vietnam

UN Human Rights Council urged to address deteriorating situation in Vietnam

ARTICLE 19 and PEN International urged the international community to address the increasingly severe crackdown on free speech in Viet Nam, while at the UN in Geneva. Rather than improving, the human rights situation in Viet Nam has deteriorated markedly since 2009, when the country last underwent a Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
27 January 2014 | Cambodia

Failing Cambodia human rights record reviewed at UN as crackdown on protests continues

Failing Cambodia human rights record reviewed at UN as crackdown on protests continues A coalition of human rights groups urged the international community to address the increasingly severe crackdown on free speech in Cambodia, during the country's Universal Periodic Review at the UN in Geneva.
6 December 2013 | Vietnam

Vietnamese blogger's detention "illegal", says UN rights tribunal

Vietnamese blogger's detention Following the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determination that Vietnamese human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan's detention is illegal, 12 NGOs issued a joint appeal to the authorities calling for his immediate release.
21 October 2013 | Indonesia

APEC asked to guarantee access for journalists at regional meetings

APEC asked to guarantee access for journalists at regional meetings Press freedom groups join the Hong Kong Journalists Association to condemn the banning of Hong Kong reporters from covering Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Indonesia in early October.
24 September 2013 | Cambodia

Cambodia's government and donors urged to act to prevent escalation of violence

Cambodia's government and donors urged to act to prevent escalation of violence Gravely concerned at the Cambodian authorities' repeated use of excessive force to suppress the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, five NGOs call on Cambodian and foreign governments to take immediate action to prevent the human rights situation from deteriorating further.
6 September 2013 | Cambodia

On eve of demonstration, Cambodia urged to respect right to peaceful assembly

On eve of demonstration, Cambodia urged to respect right to peaceful assembly Cambodian authorities should not discourage or prevent people from enjoying the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, whether through threats, intimidation or the use of unlawful force, civil society organisations stressed on the eve of a CNRP peaceful assembly.
24 July 2013 | Vietnam

Appeal for immediate release of Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay on hunger strike

Appeal for immediate release of Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay on hunger strike Ten rights organisations have called on President Obama to raise the issue of ailing blogger Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay), on hunger strike to protest jail conditions, when he meets the Vietnamese President on 25 July 2013.
23 July 2013 | Vietnam

Ahead of U.S.-Vietnam meeting, Obama urged to press for blogger's release

Ahead of U.S.-Vietnam meeting, Obama urged to press for blogger's release Nineteen human rights organisations have written to U.S. President Barack Obama to raise the issue of the detention of human rights defender and blogger Mr Le Quoc Quan when President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam meets Obama on 25 July 2013.


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