European Parliament slams Government on human rights of the Accord

AAPP’s October Chronology and Month in Review now available here:

Legal aid representation convicted under the new lèse majesté law.

CCHR in the Media:

The Phnom Penh Post, 3 October 2018“Human rights the price paid‘ for Kingdom’s SEZ growth‘:
The gains brought to the Kingdom by the establishment of special economic zones (SEZs) has come at a high price, with people becoming the victims of land grabs, poor labour conditions and environmental damage, reports the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). In its factsheet Cambodia’s Special Economic Zones and Human Rights, CCHR said the establishment of SEZs in 2005 was done with a lack of transparency and publicity, which left people unable to properly defend their rights. It also came without proper consultation with local communities, which resulted in forced evictions.

Nikkei Asian Review, 12 October 2018, ‚Leaked Cambodia Memo Shows Hun Sen Tightening Grip on Dessent‘:
Cambodian authorities are planning to „strictly control“ the activities of potential critics of the regime, as Prime Minister Hun Sen aims to further strengthen the power base of his Cambodian People’s Party, according to a leaked government document. Meanwhile, leading members of civil society groups this week told the Nikkei Asian Review about widespread surveillance and intimidation tactics being used against people the authorities see as political critics. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that the authorities were mixing „traditional“ techniques such as physical surveillance and intimidation with „modern“ approaches including the use of digital tools and the judicial system to silence dissent.

Simone Pieri, a member of the EU’s delegation at the Technical Support for Legal Aid Policy Development workshop on 31 August 2018, stated that he wanted to see “the rule of law implemented so people have access to justice, as it is crucial to maintaining social stability in the country.”

Wie sicher ist Afghanistan?

Interessierte bekommen bei der Veranstaltung einen Überblick zur Lage in Afghanistan sowie zur humanitären Situation von Rückkehrern und Rückehrerinnen und haben die Gelegenheit, mit den beiden ExpertInnen Friederike Stahlmann und Norbert Kittenberger Fragen rund um die Sicherheitslage in Afghanistan zu diskutieren.

Bangladesh: Don’t force Rohingya back to Burma

As mentioned earlier, this is true, but comparing Pakistan’s debt profile with a comparable country like Bangladesh shows that Pakistan is addicted to debt and that the economy cannot sustain the practice.

Bangladesh is an apt comparison because it has a shared history with Pakistan and was, in fact, less developed than the latter when it emerged as an independent nation.

Furthermore, its political economy has similar issues — a history of coups, an assertive judiciary and a low tax base. This means that, unlike Pakistan, the risks of “external debt distress and overall debt distress remains low” in Bangladesh.

The intended commencement of return coincides with the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, which has also established an initiativeinvolving the the foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, to visit Myanmar “to discuss the quickest way to help the Rohingya community return to their country.” Yet by doing so, not only will this add momentum for a return process that is fraught with danger, but also adds a false layer of legitimacy to the Myanmar government’s plans to establish apartheid-like segregation for returning Rohingya.

The Indian Supreme Court against the British Colonial Legacy:

Suing the World Bank Group to save its mission

UK is discussing options for further EU sanctions

Xinjiang’s Re-Education and Securitization Campaign: Evidence from Domestic Security Budgets

Now it’s time for the festival of lights

End impunity for crimes against journalists

@HelenGoodmanMP for speaking up for Chin refugees #Malaysia #India

Yoga For Bhopal in aid of The Bhopal Medical Appeal

US Supreme Court to hear case challenging IFC’s claim to absolute immunity


#Justice4Syria: The joint legal actions of @ECCHRBerlin

The papers will be used in a macro-international trial just as soon as China and Russia stop boycotting the investigation into war crimes committed in Syria. But it will also be used to bolster current cases. An increasing number of the perpetrators are settling in Europe, masquerading as refugees. CIJA is offering evidence to the dozen countries trying to take them to court.

At the end of 2016, the UN General Assembly set up a framework for the Independent Investigation in Syria, also designed to analyze evidence of crimes and human rights abuses and to prepare judicial dossiers to support cases that are underway in national courts of justice.

They survived torture and detention in Syria and fled to Europe, where they now hope to obtain justice. Austrian authorities should follow the example set in Germany, Sweden and France and initiate investigations into systematic torture under Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. To help achieve this goal, on 29 May 2018, 16 women and men from Syria filed a criminal complaint with the prosecutor in Vienna. The group of torture survivors – which include an Austrian citizen and several people who were detained while still minors, and who have lived in Austria and Germany for some time – are filing the complaint together with ECCHR, the Syrian lawyer Anwar al-Bunni (Syrian Center for Legal Research and Studies) and Mazen Darwish (Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression) as well as the Center for the Enforcement of Human Rights International (CEHRI) in Vienna.

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