Respekten för de mänskliga rättigheterna är på tillbakagång i Sydostasien, där demokratin utmanas, rättssystemen är svaga och korruptionen omfattande. Människorättsförsvarare utsätts för förtryck och censur, och hundratals fredliga aktivister sitter frihetsberövade eller fängslade i regionen. Läs om den rådande människorättssituationen i våra rapporter: Mänskliga rättigheter i Kambodja | Mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar | Mänskliga rättigheter i Vietnam | (endast tillgängliga på engelska)

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Seminarium: Brott mot mänskligheten i Burma – vad händer nu?

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Sedan slutet av augusti i år har över 621 000 människor, de flesta tillhörande den muslimska minoriteten rohingya, flytt till Bangladesh för att undkomma militärens grymma övergrepp i den burmesiska delstaten Rakhine. Överlevande vittnar om ohyggliga övergrepp som mord, sexuellt våld, förföljelse och deportation. Den 12 december bjuder vi in till seminarium för att diskutera situationen i Burma idag – välkommen.

(English) NOW! Campaign Calling on Vietnam to Release Prisoners of Conscience


(English) As world leaders have gathered in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Civil Rights Defenders joins a coalition of 14 human rights organisations launching the NOW! Campaign. Through the campaign, the coalition calls on the Vietnamese Government to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience, including human rights defenders who have been jailed for their activism.

(English) Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Mr. Nguyễn Bắc Truyển


(English) Mr. Truyển is a human rights defender who has peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression to advocate for the rights of others, and has been detained solely for his beliefs and the peaceful exercise of rights protected under international human rights standards. We call on the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Nguyễn Bắc Truyển and all other persons who are arbitrarily detained.

(English) Joint Open Letter: Request to Reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia

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(English) Today marks the 26th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia. The conference led to the signing of the historic Paris Peace Agreements, and aimed at ending the “tragic conflict and continuing bloodshed in Cambodia”. Twenty-six years later, there is an urgent need for decisive action from the international community, to ensure that the democratic vision for Cambodia outlined in the Peace Agreements is not completely foresaken.

(English) One Year After Arrest, Demand for Release of Vietnamese Human Rights Defender Me Nam

Me Nam, the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award, has been detained for 148 days at the time of writing.

(English) On 10 October 2016, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (Me Nam) was arrested while on her way to visit another rights defender in prison. Her arrest and ongoing detention should be seen as nothing more than persecution against her courageous defence of human rights. Today, on the one-year anniversary of Me Nam’s arbitrary arrest and detention, Civil Rights Defenders urges the government of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release her.

(English) Urgent Action Needed to End Escalating Violence in Myanmar

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(English) Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the outbreak of violence two weeks ago. In a joint open letter on 8 September, Civil Rights Defenders and 39 other organisations call on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently act by passing a resolution on Myanmar calling for an end to abuses against the population in Rakhine state and ensuring immediate humanitarian access.

(English) Myanmar Must Repeal Law Which Criminalises Peaceful Online Communication

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(English) In the last two years, the Telecommunications Law in Myanmar has opened the door to a wave of criminal prosecutions of individuals for peaceful communications on Facebook and has increasingly been used to stifle criticism of the authorities. According to a research group, which has been documenting prosecutions, at least 71 people are known to have been charged for online defamation under the law. Together with 60 other signatories, we urge the authorities to repeal parts of the law.

(English) Recommendations Regarding State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Visit to Sweden


(English) Since the National League of Democracy (NLD) took office in Myanmar in 2016 the new administration has failed to carry out significant reform. We recognize the continued domination by the military, but the new government’s ability and willingness to improve the human rights situation is deeply disappointing. Read Civil Rights Defenders recommendations regarding state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Sweden in June.

(English) Vietnamese Human Rights Blogger Should be Immediately and Unconditionally Released

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(English) Joint Public Statement: Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, also known by her blogging pseudonym, Mẹ Nấm (Mother Mushroom), Amnesty International and Civil Rights Defenders said today. She is a prisoner of conscience, being held and tried solely for her peaceful activities promoting and defending human rights.

(English) Vietnam: Cease Reprisals Against Mother Mushroom’s Family

On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State.

(English) Civil Rights Defenders has been informed that the family of detained blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh (also known as Me Nam or “Mother Mushroom”) has been surrounded and confined by security police. Vietnam’s authorities should immediately lift this brazenly illegal measure and cease reprisals against Mother Mushroom’s family, which add to the injustice already made to the prominent blogger and her loved ones.

(English) Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights Must Raise Violations in Upcoming Visit to Myanmar


(English) Civil Rights Defenders and The Swedish Burma Committee in a joint letter to Annika Ben David, Sweden’s Ambassador for Human Rights, urge that the following recommendations regarding widespread human rights violations are brought to the table in all dialogues with the Burmese Government. The trip on 22 May 2017 takes place in an atmosphere that has recently seen the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi reject a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

Vietnam: 200 dagar sedan ”Mother Mushroom” arresterades

On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State.

Den vietnamesiska bloggaren Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh arresterades och fängslades den 10 oktober 2016. Hon anklagas för att ha spridit propaganda mot den vietnamesiska staten. Nu – 200 dagar senare – har hon fortfarande inte tillåtits kontakt med vare sig en advokat eller sin familj. Civil Rights Defenders uppmanar den vietnamesiska regeringen att omedelbart släppa Me Nam och alla andra människorättsförsvarare som arresterats på godtyckliga grunder.

(English) Myanmar Must Cooperate With International Mission Investigating Grave Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State


(English) Civil Rights Defenders together with 22 civil society organisations in a letter to several states; including the United States, United Kingdom and the member states of the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation call on them to strongly encourage the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the forthcoming Fact-Finding Mission into the human rights situation in Rakhine State.

Frige kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam


Sexuellt våld, smutskastningskampanjer och godtyckliga gripanden – det är bara några exempel på allvarliga kränkningar som kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare i Vietnam utsätts för. På den internationella kvinnodagen, den 8 mars, vore det ett ypperligt tillfälle för den vietnamesiska staten att stå upp för kvinnors rättigheter i landet. Bland annat genom att frige alla de kvinnliga människorättsförsvarare som hålls frihetsberövade på godtyckliga grunder.

(English) Cambodia: Joint open letter regarding the investigation into the death of Dr. Kem Ley

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(English) As the trial of the only suspect for the murder of Dr. Kem Ley, a prominent Cambodian activist and political analyst, is scheduled to begin on 1st March 2017, and in light of fresh evidence which has emerged since the original investigation was closed, Civil Rights Defenders and four international NGOs are writing to the Head Prosecutor to demand the re-opening of the investigation and the postponement of the trial until a full, thorough, transparent, independent and impartial investigation has been conducted into Kem Ley’s murder.

FN bör utreda pågående människorättsbrott i Myanmar

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I januari gick över 40 civilsamhällesorganisationer från Myanmar ut med uppmaningen att en oberoende internationell kommission måste tillsättas med uppgift att utreda vad som uppges vara pågående brott mot mänskligheten i delstaten Rakhine. Situationen har eskalerat kraftigt sedan hösten 2016 då rohingyafolket blivit måltavla för storskaliga militära operationer. Som ny medlem i säkerhetsrådet har Sverige nu en unik möjlighet att ta initiativet för att avbryta diskrimineringen, innan det är för sent.

(English) Drop Farcical Investigation of Two Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia

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(English) In a joint statement, Civil Rights Defenders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation against two human rights defenders, Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak. Both human rights Defenders have been falsely accused of instigating violence during a peaceful demonstration in October 2016 .

(English) 2015 Civil Rights Defender of the Year Arrested in Vietnam

On 10 October 2016, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), on charges of spreading propaganda against the State.

(English) Yesterday, the Vietnamese Blogger, Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh was detained by the authorities in Khanh Hoa province of Vietnam accused of spreading propaganda against the State. Writing under the pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), Ms. Qunyh was the 2015 recipient of the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. No trial date has been given, but if convicted, Me Nam could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years which is permitted under the current law.

(English) Open Letter- Criticising Proposed Law on Belief and Religion in Vietnam

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders and scores of other civil society organisations have written to the President of the Vietnam National Assembly on Vietnam’s draft Law on Belief and Religion expressing their concerns regarding the proposed Law. The draft law, which has been revised several times has drawn strong criticism from many religious communities, is expected to be voted into law by the National Assembly at its session in October-November 2016.

Mänskliga rättigheter i Vietnam

Against the backdrop of a growing and diversifying civil society movement, the Government of Vietnam continues to repress dissidents and human rights defenders and has taken steps in recent years to amend or introduce laws and regulations that impact on civil and political rights. A host of laws, regulations and decrees grant broad discretionary powers to officials to impose restrictions of basic rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and under international human rights law. The public consultation period before the adoption of a revised Constitution in 2013 saw significant public demand for rule of law reforms. The legislature has amended a number of laws in 2015, including the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and Civil Code. Laws on public assembly and on association are pending.

(English) 34 Years Later, Vietnam Needs Larger Freedom

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On the eve of the 34th anniversary of Vietnam becoming a party to key human rights treaties, the human rights situation in the country continues to be marked by the prosecution and imprisonment of human rights defenders, violence against activists and protesters, use of repressive laws to criminalise expression, and inadequate guarantees to ensure citizens’ right to participate in public affairs, including in land use and environmental decision-making.

(English) Civil Rights Defenders is Looking for an Asia Director


(English) The Asia Director will focus on developing CRD’s work and presence in South East Asia but also in other parts of Asia and explore new opportunities to expand CRD’s current portfolio. The Asia Director is responsible for the activities, budgets and staff within the Asia Programme, as well as development of a regional strategy for Asia and annual plans of action for all target countries. We offer you a key role in an open and dynamic environment, where you have the opportunity to influence your work and the further development of Civil Rights Defenders. We sit in a fresh new office in the centre of Stockholm!

(English) Why a UNGA Resolution is Still Needed in Myanmar


(English) Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), ALTSEAN-Burma, Amnesty International, Article 19, Forum-Asia, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are concerned that the European Union (EU) may not introduce a new resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the upcoming 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Our organizations believe that ending the resolution at this time would be premature, and that strong human rights monitoring mechanisms must remain in place to ensure Myanmar continues to press forward with much needed reforms

(English) Human Rights Abuses in Laos Must be Tackled Now

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(English) On the eve of the annual ASEAN leaders summit in Vientiane, human rights and advocacy groups called upon the Lao PDR Government to commit to address its widespread violations of human rights, including instances of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention, and overall denial of basic civil and political rights. Visiting world leaders have a unique opportunity to publicly raise human rights concerns during the ASEAN summit in Vientiane from September 6-8.

(English) Call on the Human Rights Council Regarding Resolution on Deteriorating Human Rights Situation

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(English) Today, Civil Rights Defenders joins 11 international, regional, and Cambodian civil society organisations in a letter to permanent missions of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council, urging them to support the adoption of a resolution addressing Cambodia’s gravely deteriorating human rights situation at the 33rd session of the Council (13-30 September 2016).

(English) Cambodia: Campaign to Support Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders


(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins more than 50 local, regional and international civil society groups in launching a campaign to support and seek the release of five human rights defenders who are under arbitrary detention in Cambodia. They are currently under judicial investigation for trumped-up allegations of bribery. The #FreeThe5KH campaign aims to garner support for the five detained human rights defenders, to remind them that the public has not forgotten about their cause and to help keep their morale high while they remain in detention.

(English) HuffPost: ”Protection Of Myanmar’s Muslims A Litmus Test For Reforms”

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(English) ”It’s crucial that the government take concrete measures to remove longstanding restrictions on the Rohingya and the Muslim minority”, writes Shaivalini Parmar, Programme Officer for Myanmar at Civil Rights Defenders, in The World Post on 6 July. ”Revoking all policies that place arbitrary limitations on movement would be an appropriate start, so that, at minimum, access to basic services like health and education are no longer impeded”.

(English) Statement: Myanmar Must Investigate Destruction of Religious Buildings


(English) On 5 July, Civil Rights Defenders joins 18 other non-governmental organisations in Myanmar to call on the Government of Myanmar to conduct a formal investigation into the recent destruction of religious buildings in Kachin State and Bago Region. The statement represents a collective show of support from Myanmar civil society for victims of religiously motivated violence in the country. We call on the Government of Myanmar to live up to the aspirations of a democratic Myanmar with respect for human rights.

(English) UN Human Rights Council Puts Cambodia on Notice


(English) At the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Belgium, Japan, France, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU all expressed concerns at the recent escalation of crackdown on civil society and the political opposition in Cambodia. In a joint statement highlighting this cross-regional condemnation, Civil Rights Defenders, together with Cambodian, regional and international human rights groups, call on Cambodian authorities to immediately release detained civil society and opposition members.

(English) Vietnam: Blogger Transferred to Remote Prison

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(English) The arbitrary transfer of political prisoner Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức to a remote prison does not comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law and standards, Civil Rights Defenders said today. Thức, who was an active blogger before his imprisonment, was transferred on 5 May to a prison about 1500 km away from where his immediate family is based. His family did not receive prior notice.

(English) Vietnam: Alleged Torture of Tran Thi Hong Must be Investigated

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(English) In a joint statement released on 26 April, Civil Rights Defenders and several other civil society organisations call on Vietnam to carry out an investigation into allegations that Mrs. Tran Thi Hong was tortured on 30 March 2016 by the local authorities of Gia Lai Province, while in custody. We call on Vietnam to bring perpetrators to justice and provide reparations to Mrs. Tran Thi Hong.

(English) Vietnam: Five Years in Prison for Popular Blogger


(English) On March 23, prominent blogger Nguyễn Hữu Vinh, more known under his pen name Anh Ba Sam, was sentenced to five years in prison. His assistant Nguyễn Thị Minh Thúy received a three-year prison sentence. “This is a clear case of the Vietnamese authorities using vaguely worded legal provisions as a tool to silence human rights defenders,” said Brittis Edman, South East Asia Programme Director at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Vietnam Should Cooperate with UN Human Rights Mechanisms

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(English) This week the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council begins in Geneva, Switzerland. Vietnam is in the final year of its three-year term as a council member. Yet its cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms remains weak. Arbitrary restrictions on civil and political rights in Vietnam are on-going, despite the country being a state party to multiple international human rights treaties.

(English) Vietnam: Call for Immediate Release of Prisoners of Conscience


(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with six civil society organisations call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately release two prisoners of conscience Nguyễn Văn Đài and Lê Thu Hà. They were arrested on 16 December 2015 and charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for ‘Conducting propaganda against the state’. All efforts by family and legal counsel to visit the pair since their arrests have been denied.

(English) Myanmar: One Year On, No Justice for Kawng Kha Rape

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(English) One year ago today, two teachers volunteering with the Kachin Baptist Convention were attacked and killed at home in a local church compound in Kawng Kha Village. A year on, there has been little progress towards identifying the perpetrators of the brutal rape, torture and murder. This case demonstrates the pressing need for the country’s incoming leaders to address impunity in genuine efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict.

(English) Will Myanmar’s Government Deliver on Human Rights Commitments?


(English) In the days following Myanmar’s historic election it was fast apparent that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party NLD had taken a landslide victory. Will the NLD and their allies be able to effectively remedy a long legacy of human rights abuses? What hope is there for the persecuted minority group Rohingya when they appear to have no representation in the new government? Read Civil Rights Defenders’ Op Ed in The Huffington Post.

Myanmar har röstat för förändring


Den 8 november röstade miljontals väljare i Myanmars historiska val. Efter nästan 50 år av militärt styre var euforin påtaglig och valdagen fortskred i stort sett utan rapporter om större oegentligheter eller våld. Valdeltagandet låg på omkring 84 procent och Aung San Suu Kyis NLD vann en jordskredsseger. Civil Rights Defenders var på plats för att dokumentera processen. Här kan du läsa vår summering och titta på bilder från valet.

(English) Civil Society Urges Obama to Press for the Release of Thich Quang Do

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(English) Civil Rights Defenders along with numerous other civil society organisations in a letter to President Obama have called on him to press for the release of Vietnam’s most long standing prisoner of conscience Thich Quang Do. President Obama is due to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the US – ASEAN and East Asia summits where he will have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese leaders.

Valet i Myanmar: ”Inte en vändpunkt – men ett steg i rätt riktning”

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Civil Rights Defenders programchef för Sydostasien, Brittis Edman, intervjuas av TV4 om valet i Myanmar. ”Man måste fortsätta och bevaka situationen och de mänskliga rättigheterna och inte riktigt se att det är en vändpunkt utan ett steg i rätt riktning”, säger hon till TV4. De första siffrorna visar på en stor seger för oppositionspartiet NLD, men ännu är inte alla röster räknade i valet som ägde rum den 8 november.

(English) How the Rohingya Have Been Excluded From the Elections

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(English) After almost five decades under despotic military rule, the people of Myanmar will head to the polls on November 8. But hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority group, have lost their right to vote, entrenching and deepening discrimination against them. Many Muslims and almost all Rohingya seeking to compete for Parliament have been effectively disqualified.

(English) Joint Statement of Concern on Draft Law on Religion


(English) Civil Rights Defenders joins 26 civil society organizations in calling for Vietnam’s government to comprehensively revise the draft Law on Belief and Religion to comply with Vietnam’s obligations under international human rights law, and to do so through broad-based and inclusive consultation. In its present form, the draft law places limitations on freedom of religion or belief that extend beyond those permitted under international human rights law that is binding on Vietnam.

Mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar

Sedan den kvasi-civila regeringen installerades 2010 har betydelsefulla förändringar skett i Myanmar. Ett femtio år långt militärstyre har fått ett avslut, och fredsförhandlingar och diskussioner om konstitutionell reform har fått ett uppsving. Militären har emellertid fortfarande stort inflytande över politiken, och korruption och strafflöshet både kvarstår och spär på varandra. Efter valet 2015, där Aung San Suu Kyis NLD vann en jordskredsseger, återstår nu att se om verklig förändring kommer att ske i landet.

Mänskliga rättigheter i Kambodja

Trots att Kambodjas konstitution garanterar maktuppdelning och rättsligt oberoende är skyddet för de mänskliga rättigheterna och landets demokratisering bräckligt, inte minst genom den politiska dominans som influeras av det regerande Cambodian People’s Party (CCP) och som genomsyrar hela regeringen. Godtyckliga arresteringar och överdriven våldsanvändning mot demonstranter är vanliga fenomen, och människorättsförsvarare, journalister, fackföreningsmän, oppositionsgrupper och politiker utsätts inte sällan för hot och rättsaktioner. Vidare tar sig människorättskränkningar uttryck genom bred korruption, människohandel, massöverträdelser av land- och bostadsrättigheter och hatpropaganda gentemot människor med vietnamesiskt ursprung.

(English) Authorities Must Drop Politically Motivated Charges Against Activist

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(English) The Myanmar authorities should immediately release from prison and drop all charges against activist Myat Nu Khaing. Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate contesting in the Phyu constituency in Pegu Division, was arrested on October 16 while campaigning for elections in Yangon. “Given the timing of the arrest, these charges appear politically motivated,” said Brittis Edman at Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Seminar: Myanmar Elections – Aftermath and Implications


(English) In less then a month Myanmar is holding historical general elections. What will happen after the elections in terms of democratization and human rights? On 21 October, Civil Rights Defenders, Diakonia and the Swedish Burma Committee are organising a seminar with two leading human rights defenders from the country about the implications and aftermath of the elections. Welcome to attend!

(English) Cambodia Must Stop Refoulement of Montagnard Asylum Seekers

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(English) In a joint statement eleven civil society organizations, including Civil Rights Defenders, express concern about the possible refoulement by the Cambodian government of over 100 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam. Cambodia should uphold its legal obligations and initiate Refugee Status Determination procedures for all individuals currently seeking asylum in the county.

(English) Vietnam: Restrictions on Freedom of Movement Violate Domestic and International Law

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(English) Authorities in Vietnam have blocked at least 33 human rights defenders and activists from freely travelling abroad or internally in the last six months, despite legal protection of the right to freedom of movement. Civil Rights Defenders considers these restrictions arbitrary and in violation of Vietnam’s obligations under its own Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Vi uppmanar Laos att utreda Sombaths försvinnande

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Den 11 september är det 1000 dagar sedan den framträdande civilsamhällesledaren, Sombath Somphone, ”försvann” i en poliskontroll på en livlig gata i Vientiane. Tillsammans med 10 regionala organisationer uppmanar vi återigen regeringen i Laos att utreda Sombaths ofrivilliga försvinnande och att vidta nödvändiga åtgärder för att ställa de ansvariga inför rätta. Läs yttrandet i sin helhet här.

(English) CAMBODIA: Open Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UNHRC

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(English) Members of the UN Human Rights Council should address the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia during the upcoming council session. They should also extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, a coalition of International, regional and domestic human rights groups including Civil Rights Defenders writes in an open letter today.

(English) Fourth Viet Pride Promotes Diversity in Common Spaces in Vietnam


(English) Despite a rainy weekend, hundreds turned out to attend the 4th annual Viet Pride in Hanoi, that included a bike rally through the streets of the capital city on August 02nd . As part of its work to combat non-discrimination worldwide, Civil Rights Defenders supports Viet Pride and has participated in this year’s events along with a growing coalition of local and international supporting organisations, including civil society groups, businesses, and foreign embassies.

(English) Published in the Irrawaddy: Human Rights Defenders Continue to Suffer in Burma


(English) Min Min* has been actively promoting land rights issues for over two decades. In the late 1990s she was arrested and imprisoned for her political activities, and during her detention she was subjected to torture and severe abuse at the hands of authorities. After languishing in prison for years, she was finally released. Undeterred by her experience, she continued to pursue her rights activism.

(English) End of Sentence for Lawyer a Reminder of On-going Detention of Prisoners of Conscience in Vietnam

(English) Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger, left An Diem prison in Quang Nam province last Saturday after completing his 30-month sentence. Civil Rights Defenders considers the 2013 “tax evasion” charges against Quan reprisal against his writings on human rights abuses and democratic reforms, topics usually not reported by State-controlled media in Vietnam.

(English) Joint Statement Calling for the Release of Vietnamese Prisoner of Conscience

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(English) Several human rights organizations call on the Vietnamese government to abide by their international and domestic obligations and immediately release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Vietnamese ICT entrepreneur and blogger. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested under the initial charge of “promoting anti-government propaganda” under Article 88 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

(English) Published in The Nation: Myanmar, Thailand abandoned Rohingya in their time OF NEED

(English) Published in The Nation May 22, 2015: In the past three years, more than 100,000 Rohingya have fled sectarian violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where they have been subjected to a systemic, state-sponsored campaign of violence, abuse and discrimination, leading to a humanitarian crisis. The international community must awaken now, grasp the urgency of the Rohingya’s plight and do more. How many more mass graves need to be uncovered before we ensure accountability from the government of Myanmar, and put an end to systemic abuses against a recognised vulnerable population?

Seminarie: Rohingyakrisen i Myanmar – Valet 2015 och framåt


Myanmar befinner sig i ett vägskäl mellan politiska reformer och militärt styre. Civil Rights Defenders inbjuder dig att lyssna på Maung Zarni, burmesisk demokratiaktivist i exil, människorättskämpe och gästföreläsare i rasism, våld och folkmord på institutionen för global hälsa och socialmedicin vid Harvard Medical School. Under seminariet kommer han tala om förföljelsen av Rohingya och riskerna för framtiden, inte minst i samband med valet 2015.

Läget för nätfriheten i Thailand efter militärkuppen

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Sedan kuppen för tre månader sedan har juntan i Thailand infört förbud mot politiska möten, gripit politiker och aktivister och censurerat media. Mot bakgrund av denna utveckling bjuder vi in den thailändska människorättsförsvararen och internetaktivisten Arthit Suriyawongkul till ett samtal om läget för yttrandefriheten i Thailand och om hur människorättsförsvarare kan fortsätta verka under rådande omständigheter.

24 september: Läget för nätfriheten i Thailand efter militärkuppen

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Sedan kuppen för tre månader sedan har juntan i Thailand infört förbud mot politiska möten, gripit politiker och aktivister och censurerat media. Mot bakgrund av denna utveckling bjuder vi in den thailändska människorättsförsvararen och internetaktivisten Arthit Suriyawongkul till ett samtal om läget för yttrandefriheten i Thailand och om hur människorättsförsvarare kan fortsätta verka under rådande omständigheter.

Tomás Ojea Quintana om utmaningar i Myanmar


Tomás Ojea Quintana, FN:s specialrapportör för situationen för mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar, lämnade nyligen Myanmar efter sin sista fältresa till landet. Han beskriver de pågående reformerna som positiva steg på vägen mot demokrati i Myanmar, men betonar samtidigt kvarstående utmaningar. Kom och lyssna på ett frukostseminarium med Tomás Ojea Quintana den 20 mars, när han berättar om framtida utmaningar för de mänskliga rättigheterna i Myanmar och vilken roll det internationella samfundet kan ha i hanteringen av dessa utmaningar.

Tomás Ojea Quintana om utmaningar i Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, FN:s specialrapportör för situationen för mänskliga rättigheter i Myanmar, beskriver de pågående reformerna som positiva steg på vägen mot demokrati, men betonar samtidigt kvarstående utmaningar. Den 20 mars besöker han Civil Rights Defenders och berättar om framtida utmaningar vad gäller de mänskliga rättigheterna i Myanmar samt vilken roll det internationella samfundet kan ha. Se live på:

Vietnamesisk människorättsförsvarare fortfarande fängslad

Dagen innan domstolsförhandlingen arrangerade över 3000 vietnameser en ljusmanifestation för Le Quoc Quan.

Le Quoc Quan, försvarsadvokat i ett flertal människorättsfall och känd för sina regimkritiska blogginlägg, förblir fängslad, enligt utfallet i överklagandedomen som meddelades i Hanoi den 18 februari. ”Det fanns en förhoppning om att Vietnams nyvunna plats i FN:s människorättsråd skulle kunna öka trycket på en rättvis rättegång”, säger Brittis Edman, Civil RIghts Defenders.

Gräsrotsaktivist Yorm Bopha släppt mot borgen

Cambodia November 22, 2013 : Photo Licadho

Den 22 november meddelade Kambodjas Högsta domstol att fängslade gräsrotsaktivisten Yorm Bopha skulle friges mot borgen. Samtidigt tog domstolen beslutet att åtalet mot Boeung Kak Lake-aktivisten Bopha, ska återupptas i den lägsta instansen – appellationsdomstolen. ”Att Bopha friges mot borgen är positivt, men det är samtidigt oroande att Högsta domstolen inte lägger ner åtalet”, säger Brittis Edman programchef för Sydostasien på Civil Rights Defenders.

(English) Cambodian Supreme Court must free housing rights activist Yorm Bopha


(English) On 22 November, the Cambodian Supreme Court is hearing the final appeal of human rights defender Yorm Bopha. Civil Rights Defenders believes she is imprisoned for her human rights activism.For more than a year, Yorm Bopha, has been in prison following an unfair trial. In 2012, the housing rights activist and mother of one was sentenced to three years for what the Phnom Penh court determined as “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” without any concrete evidence presented against her.

Fängslad bloggare hungerstrejkar sedan närmare fyra veckor


En framstående fängslad vietnamesisk bloggare, Nguyen Van Hai, mer känd under pseudonymen Dieu Cay, hungerstrejkar sedan närmare fyra veckor. Hai, som avtjänar ett 12 år fängelsestraff för sin fredliga aktivism, började enligt uppgift sin hungerstrejk den 26 juni i protest mot förhållandena i fängelset. Samtidigt har 69 bloggare i landet undertecknat det första gemensamma uttalandet någonsin med krav på juridiska reformer.

Statslösa i sitt eget hemland – om konflikten i västra Burma

Bild från filmen "Statslösa i sitt eget hemland – om konflikten i västra Burma"

Dagens Burma präglas inte bara av positiv förändring. Den här kortfilmen (10 min) som premiärvisas under Almedalsveckan, visar en annan utveckling – etnisk rensning pågår, delvis i det tysta. I juni 2012 utbröt våldsamheter mellan etniska grupper i delstaten Rakhine i västra Burma. Därefter har våld blossat upp, i huvudsak mot medlemmar av folkgruppen Rohingya, men också mot andra muslimer.

Burmesiska människorättsjurister inspireras i Serbien

Människorättsjurister i Burma slösar inte tid på oväsentligheter när de försöker utnyttja möjligheterna i ett land som öppnar sig. Men rättsstaten är ännu svag, det civila samhällets initiativ är i sin linda och hot mot advokater vardagsmat. För att stödja dem har Civil Rights Defenders organiserat en två veckor lång studieresa till Serbien för tio människorättsjurister för att de ska få träffa organisationens samarbetspartner inom rättshjälpsområdet.

Ee Sarom

Ee Sarom Photo Tina Axelsson

Under 2011 tvångsförflyttades omkring 60 000 människor i Kambodja, rapporterar den lokala människorättsgruppen ADHOC. De som vägrade överge sina hem eller som protesterade riskerade att gripas eller utsättas för våld. Människorättsförsvarare som arbetar med rätten till bostad förföljs. I ett land där många ideella organisationer inte vågar stödja människorättsfrågor sticker Ee Sarom, och hans organisation, ut. “Ibland är jag rädd men jag måste göra mitt jobb”, säger han.

Kriminalisering och förföljelse av människorättsförsvarare i Kambodja

“Free the 15” campaign (Photo LICADHO)

I maj greps 15 människorättsförsvarare i Phnom Penh. Kort därefter dömdes 13 av dem i en undermålig rättegång till vardera två och ett halvt års fängelse. Under flera år har de genomfört fredliga protestaktioner och demonstrationer mot myndigheternas olagliga expropriering av mark. Hör Ee Sarom från Samakhum Teang Tnaut (STT) berätta om kampanjen Free the 15 och om människorättsförsvararnas allt svårare villkor i Kambodja, i höstens första seminarium i serien En timme mänskliga rättigheter!

Barnen till fängslade kvinnor protesterar

Free the 15 Photo: LICADHO

Med bilder av sina släktingar protesterade barnen mot fängslandet av kvinnorna utanför justitiedepartementet den 31 maj. De 13 kvinnliga människorättsförsvararna ses som informella ledare för protesterna mot expropriering och tvångsvräkningar hölls i Boeung Kak Lake-området i centrala Phnom Penh och dömdes till fleråriga fängelsestraff i en orättvis rättegång. Ytterligare två informella ledare inväntar rättegång.

Från Bai Bang till HBT*: Sveriges stöd för ökade rättigheter i Vietnam

En resa som präglas av förtroende, mod och utmaningar. Svenska kommittén för Vietnam, Laos och Kambodja anordnar seminarium med frågan: går det verkligen att arbeta med mänskliga rättigheter i en kommunistdiktatur? Medverkar gör Brittis Edman, programansvarig för Sydostasien hos Civil Rights Defenders, och Elsa Håstad, Sida, stationerad på Sveriges ambassad i Hanoi. Samtalet leds av […]

Bland blåbärsbuskar och lingonris exploateras asiatiska migrantarbetare

Under senare år har rapporterna duggat tätt om exploatering av utländska bärplockare bland annat från Thailand och Vietnam. Många har slitit hårt i de svenska skogarna, levt i usla boenden och inte fått ut sina löner. En del har fått återvända hem svårt skuldsatta. Inför årets bärsäsong skärpte Migrationsverket reglerna. Hur har dessa regeländringar slagit […]

Mänskliga rättigheter i Vietnam

Vår gäst i vårens sista seminarium i serien ”En timme mänskliga rättigheter” berättar om människorätts-situationen i Vietnam. Vilka frågor är viktigast, hur är civilsamhället organiserat och hur ser befolkningens kunskap och intresse för mänskliga rättigheter ut? Den vietnamesiska staten har full kontroll över informationen till medborgarna och den som kritiserar makthavarna fängslas och bötfälls. Giang […]