In Cambodia, Panetta Touts Benefits of US Asia ‘Pivot’

VOA News November 16, 2012 U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has visited Cambodia for talks aimed at expanding military alliances in southeast Asia, in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip for a regional summit.Panetta, who met with counterparts from 10 southeast Asian nations in Siem Reap on Friday, touted the benefits of Washington’s recent strategic…

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Civil society rejects flawed ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Thursday, 15 November 2012 Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Today, 65 grassroots, national, regional, and international civil society groups are calling upon ASEAN Member States to postpone the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, which is not worthy of its name. The organizations vow to reject the Declaration if it is adopted with its current text.…

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ADHOC Condemns the Disruption of Regional Civil Society Events and the Intimidation of Organizers and Participants

Phnom Penh, 14 November 2012 — The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) strongly condemns the repeated disruption of civil society meetings taking place as part of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum and ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly 2012. The intimidation of organizers and participants at the meetings is an unacceptable affront to basic freedoms of…

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Silsden human rights group ‘adopts’ imprisoned priest

Craven Herald & Pioneer  8:00pm Monday 17th September 2012 in News   A Catholic priest in Vietnam imprisoned for advocating human rights has been “adopted” by Silsden Amnesty Group. Father Nguyen Van Ly, who is 66, has spent a total of 15 years in prison at different times for his outspoken views on the need for greater democracy…

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Vietnam Dissident Bloggers Warn: We Fight on despite 20-year Jail Threat

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung targets three political blogs in further crackdown By UMBERTO BACCHI, International Business Time September 17, 2012 9:16 AM GMT   An arrest warrant carrying the threat of a long jail sentence for the people behind three dissident blogs in Vietnam has been issued but bloggers Dan Lam Bao (not his…

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Statement of ASEAN Civil Society at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum

Statement of Civil Society Delegates from Southeast Asia to 2012 Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) 31 July 2012   Southeast Asian Civil Society Groups Highlight Increasing Rights Violations Online, Call for Improvements to Internet Governance Processes in the Region We, the undersigned civil society delegates from Southeast Asia who attended and participated in the…

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Asean Issues Statement Against ‘Use of Force’ in South China Sea Disputes

The Jakarta Globe, July 21, 2012 Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have issued a joint communique on disputes in the South China Sea, an Indonesian official said on Friday, after Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa shuttled between five Asean countries to build a consensus. A joint statement from Asean’s foreign ministers said…

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ASEAN seeks common ground

Vietnam News, July 20, 2012 PHNOM PENH — Cambodia and Indonesia have agreed in principle on a number of issues over the East Sea, said diplomats from the two countries. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his visiting Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natale-gawa told a press briefing held yesterday in Phnom Penh after their meeting, that…

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Canadian military focus shifting more toward Asia-Pacific

By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News July 16, 2012 OTTAWA — Against a backdrop of booming economic activity and underlying regional tensions, more than 1,400 Canadian troops are participating in a massive U.S.-led military exercise in the Pacific this month. It’s not the first time Canada has been involved in the Rim of Pacific exercise, or…

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Vietnam’s Law Enforcement Agencies and Judicial System Violated Laws in the Case of the Free Journalists Club

Hanoi, July 14, 2012 Nguyen Van Dai, Esq. International human rights organizations and the governments of several countries are concerned about Vietnam’s harassment and arrest of 3 bloggers associated with the Free Journalists Club, Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan. Blogger Phan Thanh Hai was arrested the night of October 18…

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