Human Rights Watch
21 Jun 2014
As of 19th June 2014, Human Rights Watch has reported several hundred thousand migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos fleeing Thailand. An estimated 220,000 Cambodian workers have returned to the safety of their own country in fear of the Junta’s action against illegal migrant workers.
19 Jun 2014
Concerns Over Summons for Person Arrested by Soldiers in May JUNE 18, 2014 (New York) – The Thai military authorities should immediately provide information about the whereabouts of an opposition activist arrested by soldiers on May 28, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today.
27 Nov 2013
Following the rising tension in Bangkok due to the anti-government mass demonstration, the European Union and United States has said they were “concerned” with the situation and called on all sides to avoid violence, while Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) are especially concerned with the safety of the journalists.
20 Aug 2013
End Inhumane Detention, Family Separation of 1,800 Muslims from Burma (Bangkok, August 20, 2013) – Thailand’s government should release ethnic Rohingya from Burma who are detained under inhumane and unsafe conditions, and ensure their protection needs are met, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 13, 2013, the Thai cabinet considered a plan to transfer 1,839 Rohingya who have been held in immigration detention facilities and social welfare shelters across Thailand to refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border.
23 Jan 2013
Sentence Continues Aggressive Judicial Action on Lese Majeste (New York, January 23, 2013) – The conviction of a prominent Thai magazine editor and his harsh 11 year sentence for “insulting the monarchy” will further chill freedom of expression in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2013, the Bangkok Criminal Court found Somyot Prueksakasemsuk guilty of lese majeste offenses, for publishing two articles in his Voice of Taksin magazine that prosecutors argued made negative references to the monarchy.
22 Sep 2012
Independent Commission Finds Both Sides Responsible, Urges Accountability (New York, September 22, 2012) – The Thai government should act on the findings of an independent inquiry and prosecute all those responsible for rights abuses during the 2010 political violence, Human Rights Watch said today.
18 Sep 2012
End Passport, Education Restrictions; Provide Support for Those Released (Bangkok, September 17, 2012) – The government of Burma should immediately release all remaining political prisoners and lift travel and other restrictions on those freed, Human Rights Watch said today. Independent international monitors should be permitted unhindered access to Burma’s prisons to provide a public accounting of all remaining political prisoners.
14 Sep 2012
Closed Camps, No Work Authorization Lead to Stagnation and Abuse (Bangkok, September 13, 2012) –Thailand’s policies governing refugees on its soil are making them vulnerable to arbitrary and abusive treatment despite the country’s decades of experience as host for millions of refugees, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today.
6 Sep 2012
Forced Return of Kachin to Burma Violates International Law (Bangkok, September 6, 2012) – In late August 2012, the Chinese government forcibly returned at least 4,000 ethnic Kachin refugees to a conflict zone in northern Burma in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.
24 Aug 2012
Thousands of Kachin at Risk From Conflict, Abuses, Aid Shortages (New York, August 24, 2012) – China should stop its forced returns of thousands of ethnic Kachin refugees to northern Burma, where they are at risk from armed hostilities, Burmese army abuses, and lack of aid, Human Rights Watch said today.
24 Aug 2012
(New York, August 23, 2012) – The government of Bangladesh should immediately cease its punitive restrictions on international organizations providing lifesaving humanitarian aid to the more than 200,000 Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also open its borders to Rohingya fleeing sectarian violence and abuses by Burmese security forces in Arakan State in western Burma.
23 Aug 2012
Keep Commitment to Hold Military Accountable for 2010 Violence (New York, August 23, 2012) – The Thai government should order the army commander-in-chief to cease interfering in the criminal investigations of the 2010 political violence, Human Rights Watch said today. The army chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, should also stop trying to intimidate critics by filing criminal defamation cases, Human Rights Watch said.