March 29, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Myanmar authorities on wednesday charged 69 protesters for demonstrating against the Myanmar National Education Law. The law has faced tremendous criticism from the public since its passage in 2014, in part due to lawmakers' lack of consultation with student and teacher groups, and also because ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A Thai court issued a four-year prison sentence to 15 members of the political group United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), known as the Red Shirts, on Thursday, following a conviction for inciting riots in 2009. The Red Shirts are a political group that supports former prime ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai on Wednesday welcomed a bill introduced in the lower house of the Victorian Parliament designed to repeal stringent laws regulating protests. The laws, introduced last year and dubbed "move on" laws, expanded police power to enable them to move protesters who ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Police in Myanmar on Monday prevented around 200 students from marching to protest a new law that they claim limits academic freedom. The new law was passed by parliament in September and puts all policy and curriculum decisions in the hands of mostly government ministers. The law bans students ...[read more]
February 27, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained two police officers over allegations that they tortured a lawyer to death inside a Cairo police station. The detentions came after Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi summoned seven police officers from the station where the event took place. Five were ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal ...[read more]
February 15, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Bangladesh High Court on Sunday ordered the government to take "effective action" to quash ongoing protests that have left more than 100 people dead. The protests have been led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalistic Party (BNP), since January 5, when an ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Addison Morris
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday urged the Taiwanese authorities to "drop criminal charges against people solely for participating in or organizing peaceful demonstrations ... after more than 100 people were charged for protesting during the so called "Sunflower Movement." AI claims that ...[read more]

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