Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, prohibited under international human rights law

Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment,

prohibited under international human rights law

but 47,000 migrants have been whipped since 2002

‘Cruel and degrading’

This latest allegation of whipping while on appeal comes in the wake of other cases involving death, disease and torture in detention.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the Malaysian government to do away with caning as a punishment for immigration offences.

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Top US general calls gunscope inscriptions ‘disturbing’

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 — US General David Petraeus said yesterday it was “disturbing” that a manufacturer had embossed biblical citations on rifle scopes sent to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the firm announced it would voluntarily halt the practice.

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Twitterers poke fun at Rais

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — If the government needed proof of the power of the new media, they got it on Twitter this week when Information Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim — who recently spoke out against Web lovers — became an overnight Internet sensation.

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Thailand: Prosecute Rights Violators in the South

Press release
Dec 1, 2009

Thailand’s prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, needs to demonstrate progress in prosecuting security personnel for serious rights violations in the southern border provinces.

  • Commentary
    Nov 24, 2009

    The Commonwealth has developed a 21st-century role – as a haven for serial human rights abusers.

  • Press release
    Nov 24, 2009

    As it prepares to allow the 130,000 internally displaced persons detained in camps to decide whether to stay or leave, the Sri Lankan government should ensure that no additional persons are subject to arbitrary detentions.

  • Human Rights Watch articles

    Refugees Are Not Bargaining Chips , Commentary, Jan 6, 2010

    A virus is sweeping Asia. The symptoms are heightened xenophobia and amnesia about fundamental refugee rights.

    Bordered by authoritarian regimes, Thailand has long struggled to deal with waves of asylum seekers. But Bangkok’s decision to repatriate ethnic Hmong to Laos this week stands as a blot on the nation’s reputation as a humane port of refuge.

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    Advocate of pushing Rohingya Muslims into the Indian Ocean, Tun AAB’s successors in MOFA, MOHA and PM’s officers should read this report

    Advocate of pushing Rohingya Muslims into the Indian Ocean, Tun AAB’s

    successors in MOFA, MOHA and PM’s officers should read this report

    Perilous Plight, Burma’s Rohingya Take to the Seas

    Burma’s Rohingya Take to the Seas

    This 12-page report examines the causes of the exodus of Rohingya people from Burma and Bangladesh, and their treatment once in flight to Southeast Asian countries. Persecution and human rights violations against the Rohingya inside Burma, especially in Arakan state, have persisted for over 20 years, with insufficient international attention. Such abuses include extrajudicial killings, forced labor, religious persecution, and restrictions on movement, all exacerbated by a draconian citizenship law that leaves the Rohingya stateless.

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    HRW World Report 2010:BURMA

    BURMA

    Events of 2009

    Burma’s human rights record continued to deteriorate in 2009 ahead of announced elections in 2010. The ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) systematically denies citizens basic freedoms including freedom of expression, association, and assembly. More than 2,100 political prisoners remain behind bars. This, and the politically-motivated arrest and trial of Aung San Suu Kyi only to send her back to house arrest for another 18 months, confirmed that Burma’s military rulers are unwilling to allow genuine political participation in the electoral process. The Burmese military continues to perpetrate violations against civilians in ethnic conflict areas, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor, and sexual violence.

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