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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.