Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
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Pakistani civil society activists take part in a rally for women's rights on International Women's Day in Lahore, 8 March 2019, ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images

International Women’s day was celebrated across the Asia-Pacific region but women’s groups were harassed in Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Thai media faced tremendous challenges ahead of the elections, and a new report revealed unabated media killings in Afghanistan.

A cyclist rides past an electoral advertisement for Prime Minister Hun Sen, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 July 2018, MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed at the UN, Thailand’s Twitter users supported the campaign of refugee seekers from Saudi and Bahrain, Pakistan held its first transgender pride march, and new cyber laws take effect in Vietnam and Fiji.

To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, civil society groups and communities in Cambodia and beyond condemn the rampant impunity for attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and call for immediate action to bring all perpetrators to account.

Protesters form a human chain to call for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam, in front of the National Press Club, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 September 2018, Khandaker Azizur Rahman Sumon/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In August, rights advocates celebrated the release of Cambodian land rights activist Tep Vanny and the repeal of Malaysia’s anti-Fake News law; but they condemned the crackdown on student protests in Bangladesh, Google’s alleged complicity with China’s censors, and genocide in Burma.

Supporters of detained land rights activist Tep Vanny call for her release outside the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 July 2017, Satoshi Takahashi/LightRocket via Getty Images

As Tep Vanny completes two years in detention, civil society organisations and communities call on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release her, drop all dormant criminal charges and overturn any convictions against her, so that she may return to her family and community.

Government of Argentina

In advance of their meeting in Argentina, civil society organizations from around the world are calling on the leaders of G20 countries to commit to building a digital ecosystem that centres human rights.

A post office employee explains to a customer how to subscribe to a new high-speed internet service in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1 July 2003, HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images

In June: Vietnam’s new Cybersecurity Law, Indonesia’s new Counterterrorism Law and Cambodia’s recent media directive threaten human rights, attacks against media continue, a massive all-women protest takes place in South Korea against ‘spy cam’ porn, and more.

A Cambodian National Election Committee officer shows the logo of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) to journalists during a draw ceremony in Phnom Penh, 29 May 2018 to determine the order in which political parties are listed on the ballots for the national election in July, TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images

In a further closing of public space, a new ministerial order threatens the privacy rights and freedoms of every internet and social media user in Cambodia.