PAKISTAN: A teenager falsely branded a Taliban and shot dead in a staged encounter - A human rights defender's life under threat for exposing such encounters

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Urgent Appeal Case : Mr. Anisur Rehman Soomro the son of Mr. Anwer Soomro, 17 years old and a student of 10th grade was arrested by Sachalgoth Karachi Police in Karachi, Sindh Province on 12th June 2014 along with two friends at Marroora Chowk, near Chapal Sun City, Safoora Goth, Gulistane Johar, Karachi in plain view of the public including a family member – his uncle - who had been present at the time. Read More...

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SRI LANKA: Justice denied to two child victims of rape at the hands of the armed forces

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Statement : The rape of a young child by members of the armed forces is a serious crime. The fact that the area where this happened is now under the control of the armed forces is another aspect which adds to the weight of the crime. Naturally, people in these areas live in great fear of the armed forces. Now that a report of a serious crime has been lodged against seven officers, the families of victims and the entire neighborhoods would be living in serious fear. Read More...

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BURMA / MYANMAR: Immediate need for fair trial and remedies for free speech

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Statement : During the three year period of new Myanmar Government, new political reforms have been taking place. The authorities stopped censoring the media in June 2012 and also allowed private news media groups to print newspapers in April 2013. As people in Burma only had state owned newspapers for the previous decade, elderly journalists and society of media appreciated this with welcoming heart. Read More...

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ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 36
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