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Charity law will squeeze human rights work

HONG KONG (SE): The controversial Charities Law was passed by the National People’s Congress in China on March 16 and is set to take effect on September 1.

The law will restrict the ability of groups to raise money to government-approved charities and their proposed activities for the coming year must receive government approval.

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China promises to freeze the squeeze on Uyghur people

BEIJING (UCAN): Chinese authorities promised to  freeze the squeeze on the Muslim Uyghur population, who have been blamed for fuelling violence in Xinjiang province over the past two years.

They promised that repressive measures would end, even though the fight against terrorism and separatism in the remote region will be renewed.

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Indonesia accused of slow genocide in Papua

BRISBANE (SE): A report from a fact-finding commission of the Justice and Peace Commission from Brisbane, Australia, has concluded that there is a slow motion genocide occurring in the Indonesian province of Papua.

It accuses Indonesia of wanting to replace the Christian religion of the indigenous Papuan population with Islam.

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China cranks up crackdown on critics

HONG KONG (SE): Three Chinese human rights campaigners, who were handed jail sentences on January 22 for publishing books on democracy and activism, are the latest victims of politically motivated national security charges used to silence government critics.

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Human rights for victims of climate change

The anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights last December 10 reminds us that migrants fleeing war and the economic effects of climate change have rights that must be respected.

The growing intolerance towards these unfortunate people is detestable and must be contested and denounced. 








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Bloodletting goes on

MANILA (UCAN): Alibando Tingkas, a 15-year-old from the Manobo people, was shot dead in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Norte on January 17.

Tingkas becomes the latest victim in a spate of murders of indigenous people in the southern region of Mindanao in recent months.

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China charges a Swede with incitement to state subversion

Beijing (Agencies): Peter Dahlin, the co-founder of the China Urgent Action Working Group, a non-government organisation which provides assistance to uncertified lawyers who provide legal aid in rural areas, as well as directly aiding disadvantaged groups and individuals who have experienced rights violations, was arrested on his way to Beijing International Airport on January 3 and held at an unknown location, UCAN reported on January 13.

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Rights groups call for release of Vietnamese lawyer

Ho Chi Minh City (UCAN): International human rights and pro-democracy groups called on the government of Vietnam to release a lawyer and his colleague in the lead up to the Communist Party congress which will run from January 20 to 28.

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Use blood money to help family bishop urges

MANILA (Agencies): Bishop Ruperto Santos from Balanga, has urged the government to use the blood money raised for overseas Filipino worker, Joselito Zapanta, to help his family which has been left without a breadwinner following his execution in Saudi Arabia on December 29. Zapanta was sentenced to death by the Grand Court in Riyadh in April 2010 for killing his Sudanese landlord.

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Presidential call for action on rights abuses met with caution

Jakarta (UCAN): “To the attorney-general, I call on you to deal with the heritage of past human rights (abuses) so that there will be no problems for all of us,” Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said at a January 5 meeting in Jakarta.

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