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Eight prisoners hanged in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Eight death row prisoners were hanged in Afghanistan for crimes ranging from murder to treason, an adviser to President Hamid Karzai said.

Philippine court suspends cybercrime law

MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Philippines Supreme Court voted to suspend immediately the new but controversial cybercrime law pending a review of its legality.

Vietnam hits back over blogger criticism

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Three bloggers jailed this week for carrying out "propoganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam" received an open and fair trial, the government said.

HRC: Pakistan must protect Shiite Muslims

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The government of Pakistan must crack down on violence aimed at the country's Shiite Islam minority, Human Rights Watch says.

Myanmar still repressive, HRW says

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- A law on the right to peaceful assembly in Myanmar falls well short of international expectations, Human Rights Watch stated.

Dhaka police and Jamaat-e-Islami clash

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Police in Dhaka arrested a leading member of the Islamic pro Pakistan party Jamaat-e-Islami in a crackdown after violence erupted during a protest.

U.N. envoy arrives in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, March 7 (UPI) -- Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N. special envoy, arrived Thursday in Myanmar for another effort to get the military junta to talk to its opposition.

Pakistan election agency role questioned

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Pakistan's election commission under the Musharraf regime cannot be expected to be impartial in elections set for next week, the Human Right Watch warned.

HRW: Pakistani judges remain under arrest

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The detention of independent Pakistani judges will seriously affect the credibility of this month's national elections, Human Rights Watch warned Friday.

Activists: Suharto death chance at justice

JAKARTA, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The death of former Indonesian dictator Suharto is an opportunity for victims of his repressive regime to get justice, Human Rights Watch said.

Human rights neglected in Thai campaign

BANGKOK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Candidates in the upcoming general election in Thailand haven't made human rights an issue, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Thousands of displaced people in Myanmar

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The army of Myanmar has forced thousands of members of ethnic minorities out of their homes, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Rights group chastises Musharraf

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf should stop intimidating the country's Supreme Court over his election, Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday.

HRW urges allies' role in Myanmar

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said China, Thailand, Russia and India, as Myanmar’s allies, should urge the military junta in Yangon to peacefully deal with its crisis.

Rights group: Thai civilians being killed

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Thai separatists and militants have killed at least 2,196 civilians in their fight against government troops since 2004, a human rights group claimed Tuesday.

Pakistan election plan called a 'sham'

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 1 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch Tuesday said the insistence of Pakistan's president to retain his post of army chief prevents the country from holding fair elections. The organization said Pakistani Gen. Pervez Musharraf plans to hold presidential votes in the country

Myanmar govt. urged to prosecute attackers

YANGON, Myanmar, April 24 (UPI) -- The Human Rights Watch group in New York Tuesday urged Myanmar's military government to prosecute those involved in recent attacks on rights activists.

Human rights group targets Thai militias

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch says Thailand's government-backed militias are putting civilians in the country's southern provinces at increased risk.

Group: U.S. should probe Afghan incidents

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 6 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into U.S. military operations in Afghanistan this week that resulted in many civilian deaths.

Report: Sri Lanka condones child soldiers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan government is knowingly allowing rebels to abduct children and train them as guerrillas, Human Rights Watch said in a report from New York.

Rights group denounces India over weaponry

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called for India to stop supplying Myanmar with military aid the group claims is used against civilians.

Rights group slams Burmese military

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch criticized the Burmese military Thursday for using thousands of civilians as "expendable pawns" in its battle against insurgents.

North Korea likely to face worse hunger

SEOUL, May 4 (UPI) -- North Korea's moves to stop food aid, ban grain sales and reinstate public food distribution are likely to bring renewed hunger, a rights group has said. In a report released Thursday in Seoul, Human Rights Watch said Pyongyang had reintroduced policies t

Torture reported in East Timor jails

SYDNEY, April 23 (UPI) -- Human rights activists are pressuring East Timor's government to end alleged torture and ill treatment of police detainees.

Religious freedom still a dream in China

BEIJING, March 1 (UPI) -- Chinese citizens' religious rights remain severely restricted one year after laws protecting religious freedom were passed, a rights group said Wednesday.
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