ASIA: Weekly Roundup, Episode 89

This week’s Roundup begins in Bangladesh, where the breakdown of the rule of law is in an ever-worsening downward spiral. On International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances, intelligence agencies in the country threatened family members of the disappeared and 27 out of 35 scheduled meetings were cancelled.

Next, AHRC TV reports on the shocking gang rape of an 8-months pregnant woman by soldiers in Assam. Women and girls in the militarised region live in constant fear. Bondita Acharya of Women in Governance comments.

In Pakistan, a less than honourable milestone has been reached with over 200 executions carried out this year. Over 8,000 are on death row in Pakistan.

AHRC commemorates the 11th anniversary of the assassination of Indonesia’s beloved human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib with an Open Letter.

Also, China’s repression of human rights lawyers continues. Five lawyers were prevented from travelling to Hong Kong last week.

Lastly, Burmese lawyer Thein Than Oo predicts the outcome of November’s national elections. In his view, little will change under the current Constitution as the Generals will retain all real power. 

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