Cambodia tells US to back off after charging opposition leader


The prosecution of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is a message from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government for the United States, one that says “stop interfering with Cambodia’s internal affairs”.

File photo of Cambodia’s Kem Sokha when he talked exclusively to Channel NewsAsia about living in self-exile, his protest plans and whether he would be PM. (Photo: Jack Board)

“We’re not a slave but, like them, an independent country. We want to stand on our own feet. We don’t need someone to tell us to do this or do that,” said Cambodian government spokesperson Phay Siphan. Tiếp tục đọc “Cambodia tells US to back off after charging opposition leader”

Thai university removes student leader for defying royalist tradition


Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony.

FILE PHOTO: Anti-junta activist Netiwit Chotipatpaisal speaks during an interview with Reuters at an office in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

BANGKOK: Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony.

But Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, 20, and the student council said they refused to accept the university order against him and four other members, and would appeal against the decision. Tiếp tục đọc “Thai university removes student leader for defying royalist tradition”

Tóc – và bạo hành phụ nữ

Chào các bạn,

Một đoan clip 2 phút dưới đây được làm ở Ấn Độ. Clip có phụ đề tiếng Anh, mình dịch ra tiếng Việt ở dưới cuộc đối thoại của một cô thợ làm tóc và một cô khách hàng. Mời các bạn.

Thu Hằng


Thợ làm tóc: Mời chị, đến lượt chị đó

Thợ làm tóc: wow, tóc chị đẹp quá, chị muốn làm tóc kiểu gì?

Khách hàng: Cắt ngắn đi

Thợ làm tóc: Nhưng chị có môt bộ tóc thật là đẹp quá, em chỉ tỉa ngắn đi một chút thôi nhé

Khách hàng: (Lắc đầu)

Thợ làm tóc: (bắt đầu tỉa tóc)

Thợ làm tóc: Em tỉa thế này được chưa chị

Khách hàng: Cắt ngắn hơn nữa

Thợ làm tóc: ngắn hơn nữa sao

Khách hàng: Vâng

Thợ làm tóc: (tiếp tục cắt)

Thợ làm tóc: Ngắn thế này được chưa chị

Khách hàng: Cắt ngắn hơn nữa

Thợ làm tóc:

Em nghĩ là chị sẽ không có nhiều thời gian để nuôi tóc dài nữa đâu

Sẽ đẹp hơn rất nhiều nếu em cắt thành lớp

(tiếp tục cắt)

Bây giờ thì tuyệt hảo (lấy gương cho khách xem tóc ngắn quá vai)

Khách hàng: Cắt ngắn hơn nữa đi, để mà không ai còn có thể nắm tóc tôi được như thế này nữa

(lời dẫn)

Tóc là thứ tự hào của phụ nữ

Tóc không phải là lý do cho sự yếu đuối của phụ nữ

80 trong số 100 phụ nữ đối mặt với bạo hành ở cách này hay cách khác trong đời

Hãy lên tiếng

Động viên và hỗ trợ, chúng tôi bên bạn

Americans and Russians see the world differently, and that’s hurting Syrians


theconversion_U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that he sometimes feels like he’s living in a “parallel universe” compared to his Russian counterpart when it comes to Syria.

This parallel universe can be explained by analyzing the strategic narratives of the United States and Russia since the end of the Cold War. Tiếp tục đọc “Americans and Russians see the world differently, and that’s hurting Syrians”

Human Rights Guide to the SDGs?

What is the Human Rights Guide to the SDGs?


The Guide illustrates the human rights anchorage of the 17 goals and provides concrete links between the 169 targets and the range of human rights instruments and labour standards.

Thereby, the Guide reaffirms that human rights instruments and the 2030 Agenda are tied together in a mutually reinforcing way: human rights offer a legally-binding framework as well as guidance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In turn, the SDGs can contribute substantially to the realization of human rights.

How to use the Guide?

The Guide is the essential tool to:

  • Understand the interlinkages between human rights and the SDGs. Concretely, 156 of the 169 targets (more than 92%) are linked with human rights instruments and labour standards.
  • Develop a human rights-based approach to sustainable development programming, implementation as well as follow-up and review (monitoring, evaluation and reporting)

Tiếp tục đọc “Human Rights Guide to the SDGs?”

What is it like to be trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution?

What is it like to be trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution? Just ask Charimaya Tamang. She survived trafficking and now advocates for other survivors

Some Days I Lived, Other Days I Died. Resilience in the face of exploitation

Charimaya Tamang knows all too well how easy it is to be trafficked in Nepal.

That’s because 22 years ago, it happened to her. At 16, Charimaya was alone cutting grass in the forest when she was ambushed by four men. After being drugged and losing consciousness, she awoke in Gorakhpur, near the Nepali/India border with her appearance completely changed — she had on makeup, a new hairstyle and different clothes.

medium – She was transported to the brothels in the Kamathipura red light district of Mumbai, India. Her captors left her in a windowless room with only a bed, table and chair, where she was forced to be a sex worker for the next 22 months.

“Some days I lived, other days I died,” says Charimaya.

Beaten, burned with cigarette butts and repeatedly raped, hope for escape slowly drifted away. Faced with deep social stigma should she ever regain her freedom, despair set in as neither outcome brought justice.

Tiếp tục đọc “What is it like to be trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution?”

Will Vietnam Legalize Prostitution?

thediplomat – It was past midnight and Ngo Thi Mong Linh had already gone to sleep when her cellphone suddenly rang. Linh knew all too well what to anticipate from the other end.

“A sex worker was urging me to come to rescue her,” Linh recalled in an interview. “Her client robbed her of all her money after severely beating her up. When I was there, all she could do was embrace me and burst into tears.” Tiếp tục đọc “Will Vietnam Legalize Prostitution?”

Who is in charge? A key question for human rights impact assessments

Damiano de Felice Co-Founder and Co-Director, Measuring Business & Human Rights

Co-authored by Sarah Zoen, Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department at Oxfam America.

Photo by Rene Schwietzke (CC BY 2.0)

huffingtonpost – Numerous companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights practitioners have conducted human rights impact assessments in recent years. For instance, in 2012 Kuoni partnered with TwentyFifty Limited and Tourism Concern to assess its human rights impacts in Kenya. More recently, NomoGaia piloted a tool for evaluating the human rights implications of the Disi Water Conveyance Project in Jordan.

A Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) is a process that identifies the potential and actual human rights impacts of a corporate project and recommends how to prevent, mitigate and/or address these impacts. HRIAs are different from Environmental Impact Assessments because of their holistic approach. Based on the inter-relatedness and indivisibility of human rights, they cover both environmental and social issues. HRIAs are different from Social Impact Assessments because their standards are anchored in binding national and international legal frameworks. This is important because these frameworks clearly identify duty-bearers and rights-holders. Tiếp tục đọc “Who is in charge? A key question for human rights impact assessments”


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  1. Cách sử dụng Hướng dẫn này

Hướng dẫn này, ban hành bởi Văn phòng Uỷ ban cấp cao về quyền con người (OHCHR), tập trung vào việc làm thế nào xã hội dân sự có thể tiếp tục thực hiện các khuyến nghị từ các cơ chế, chỉ thị, tổ chức nhân quyền của Liên hiệp quốc. Độc giả của cuốn sách, những người chưa hiểu biết nhiều về các đặc điểm chính của các cơ chế nêu trên, xin mời tham khảo Sổ tay dành cho xã hội dân sự của Văn phòng Uỷ ban cao cấp về quyền con người – Làm việc với chương trình nhân quyền của Liên hiệp quốc và cuốn Hướng dẫn thực tế dành cho xã hội dân sự của Liên hiệp quốc.

Mục từ 1 đến 3 của Hướng dẫn này giải thích thế nào là “tiếp tục thực hiện” và “thực hiện”, mục 4 mô tả các phương pháp và các hoạt động mà các chủ thể xã hội dân sự có thể sử dụng. Mục 5 nhìn lại các quy trình thực hiện hiện hành và thực tế cơ chế nhân quyền Liên hiệp quốc và cách thức mà các chủ thể xã hội dân sự có thể tham gia.

Sách hướng dẫn này cũng đề cập đến những công cụ để thúc đẩy xã hội dân sự thực hiện các hoạt động tiếp nối. Các công cụ này được liệt kê trong Mục 6. Tiếp tục đọc “Hướng dẫn thực tiễn dành cho Xã hội dân sự: LÀM THẾ NÀO ĐỂ TIẾP TỤC THỰC HIỆN CÁC KHUYẾN NGHỊ VỀ NHÂN QUYỀN CỦA LIÊN HIỆP QUỐC”

‘Unruly’ ‘rebels’? The situation of defenders working on corporate accountability in East Asia

Governments, business, and ASEAN and UN bodies must act to respect and protect individuals, organisations and communities working to promote corporate accountability in East Asia in the face of mounting attacks and worsening restrictions against human rights defenders and corporate accountability activists in the region. 

ISHR – (Geneva/Bangkok) – Human rights defenders working to promote corporate respect for human rights or accountability for business-related human rights violations face significant challenges across the East Asia region, regardless of the country or sector in which they work. In a joint report released publicly today, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) draw from information from nine different national-level human rights organisations to highlight country-specific concerns and to provide recommendations to improve the situation for defenders. Tiếp tục đọc “‘Unruly’ ‘rebels’? The situation of defenders working on corporate accountability in East Asia”

Migration and refugees

ODI – Development is migration: millions leave their countries each year in search of opportunities and better lives. People also leave their homes to escape conflict, repression or environmental disasters. Remittances – the money that people send home from abroad – accounts for nearly 600 billion dollars, dwarfing global aid budgets.

Our research and high-level debates on the crisis in the Mediterranean and, more recently, on the Syrian refugee crisis, examine how we can meet these global challenges – and the role of international development to better manage global migration.

Through research, events, media engagement and partnerships, ODI offers evidence to lay bare the political and economic realities of migration and to inform the public debate.

Specifically, we focus on three areas: refugees and displacement, European migration policy and human mobility.

Civil Society Organisations and Internet Governance in Asia – Open Review

cis-india – This is a book section written for the third volume (2000-2010) of the Asia Internet History series edited by Prof. Kilnam Chon. The pre-publication text of the section is being shared here to invite suggestions for addition and modification. Please share your comments via email sent to raw[at]cis-india[dot]org with ‘Civil Society Organisations and Internet Governance in Asia – Comments’ as the subject line. This text is published under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.

You are most welcome to read the pre-publication drafts of other sections of the Asia Internet History Vol. 3, and share your comments:

Preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) conferences organized by the United Nations in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) initiated crucial platforms and networks, some temporary and some continued, for various non-governmental actors to intensively and periodically take part in the discussions of governance of Internet and various related activities towards the goals of inclusive development and human rights. Many of the civil society organizations taking part in the WSIS conferences, as well as the various regional and thematic preparatory meetings and seminars, had little prior experience in the topic of Internet governance. They were entering these conversations from various perspectives, such as local developmental interventions, human and cultural rights activism, freedom and diversity of media, and gender and social justice. With backgrounds in such forms of applied practice and theoretical frameworks, members of these civil society organizations often faced a difficult challenge in articulating their experiences, insights, positions, and suggestions in terms of the (then) emerging global discourse of Internet governance and that of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as instruments of development. At the WSIS: An Asian Response Meeting in 2002, Susanna George, (then) Executive Director of Isis International, Manila, succinctly expressed this challenge being faced by the members of civil society organizations:

For some feminist activists however, including myself, it has felt like trying to squeeze my concerns into a narrow definition of what gender concerns in ICTs are. I would like it to Cinderella’s ugly sister cutting off her toe to fit into the dainty slipper of gender concerns in ICTs. The development ball, it seems, can only accommodate some elements of what NGO activists, particularly those from the South, are concerned about in relation to new information and communications technologies. (George 2002)

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LandMark: Protecting Indigenous and Community Lands by Making Them Visible

WRI – Up to 65 percent of the world’s land is held by Indigenous Peoples and communities, yet only 10 percent is legally recognized as belonging to them. The rest, held under customary tenure arrangements, is largely unmapped, not formally demarcated, and therefore invisible to the world. Without strong legal protections or concrete maps delineating their territories, communities are vulnerable to losing their land to governments and investors for economic and commercial development.

That’s where LandMark comes in. Launched today, LandMark is the first online, interactive global platform to provide maps and other critical information on lands that are held and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities. The platform aims to raise awareness, engage audiences, and help these people protect their land rights. Shining a light on indigenous and community land reduces the likelihood that irregular acquisitions and expropriations go unnoticed, and helps protect the livelihoods and well-being of billions of rural people.

1) Indigenous and Community Land Is Not “Vacant” Land.

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