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Meta, the parent company of sites such as Facebook and Instagram, Thursday released its first human rights report. The report comes amid criticism of Meta’s handling of a variety of issues on their sites. The report identified six fundamental rights that present “salient risks” including the right to freedom of expression and opinion; right to [...]

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Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine has sparked a strong international reaction, with most states referring to the actions of the Russian army as war crimes. A number of parliaments and heads of states have recognized that yet another international crime—genocide—is being committed by the occupant’s troops. Poland’s parliament—the Sejm—was the first to pass a resolution [...]

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Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thursday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to put increased pressure on the Myanmar junta, following his eight-day visit to Malaysia. In February last year, a military coup took place in Myanmar, in which the junta deposed the civilian government and arrested [...]

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Malaysian Law Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar Friday announced the state’s abolition of the mandatory death penalty and replacement with “substitute punishments” at the courts’ discretion.  The Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Affairs Division, Prime Minister’s Department and Ministries in collaboration will conduct research and study on the proposed substitute punishment to make certain that the [...]

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Myanmar‘s military junta Friday declared that it will execute four people. Among the four are Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy, and pro-democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, popularly known as Ko Jimmy.  Both Ko Jimmy and Phyo Zeya Thaw were sentenced to death on terrorism-related charges. The other two [...]

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Amnesty International released a report Tuesday documenting numerous atrocities committed by the Myanmar military including the burning of villages, destruction of civilian infrastructure and extrajudicial execution of civilians. After seizing power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, the military committed “gross human rights violations” in Myanmar’s Kayin and the Kayah States from December [...]

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