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Rights with characteristics?

“EVERYONE HAS THE right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,” Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says.








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Rights with characteristics?

“EVERYONE HAS THE right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance,” Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says.








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Thailand moves to silence reporting

BANGKOK (SE): Amnesty International claims that one more human rights advocate has been unjustly targeted in Thailand. It describes a guilty verdict against Andy Hall, a British migrant rights worker, by a court in Bangkok on September 20 as an appalling trial that should never have happened.

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Human rights with Asian characteristics

MANILA (SE): The old boys’ club was on hand to welcome the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, to his first Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5.

No doubt eager to make an impression, he pushed his big domestic barrow of the elimination of all drug-related creatures from the face of this earth among his newfound peers, encouraging them to adopt his methods and make a big push for a drug-free ASEAN region.

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Countering human trafficking

A few weeks ago, 69 Vietnamese victims of human trafficking were found in The Philippines. They had been brought from Vietnam two at a time on tourist visas by a syndicate and made to work for three years, on low wages or none at all, by human traffickers.

The whole group was then abandoned by the gang-masters, declared indigent and deported.








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Making children scapegoats for criminals

OLONGAPO (SE): Two bills have been filed in the lower house of the Philippine congress by the speaker, Feliciano Belmonte, one proposing a change in the law to make children possibly as young as nine- or 12-years-old criminally responsible and the other to reintroduce the death penalty.

“This is draconian and repressive for children and not worthy of the administration of Rodrigo Duterte or the Philippine people,” social commentator, Father Shay Cullen, told the Sunday Examiner on July 15.

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Human rights are not novelties

NEW YORK (SE): Human dignity and human rights are getting a tough time today, the permanent observer from the Holy See to the United Nations (UN), Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said at a debate on the nature of a human right marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN and the 50th anniversary of the formation of human rights covenants at the organisation’s headquarters in New York in the United States of America on July 13.

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The killing fields and traumatised people

MANILA (SE): “Three people died today. They were shot. Brutally killed. We don’t know why. We are scared. It is so dangerous,” a note received on July 6 from Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur reads.

The note goes on to describe the fear of going to sleep at night, of walking in the street and the memory of the mutilated, defaced and bloodied bodies.

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Rights report too little too late

HONG KONG (SE): A report from the ruling Conservative Party in the United Kingdom detailing a sharp deterioration in China’s human rights record since Xi Jinping took over the chair of the Chinese Communist Party, has been described as too little too late, Radio Free Asia reported on June 29.

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When is a diplomat not meddling in internal affairs?

HONG KONG (SE): When a consul general to Hong Kong from the United States of America or Britain makes a comment about social or political issues in the special administrative region, they are usually told to butt out and stop interfering in the internal affairs of an independent territory.

However, it seems that it may vary, depending on what is said and who wants to hear it.

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