First came the surprise pardon last week of Tep Vanny, an award-winning land rights defender who was set free after spending two years in prison on charges that many say were politically motivated. Then, it was announced last week on Tuesday that two Radio Free Asia reporters in prison awaiting trial since their arrest in November would be released on bail. Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, the RFA journalists, had been charged with “espionage” and “producing pornography”, allegations that many Cambodia observers have dismissed as bogus. The case against Vanny, activists argue, was equally trumped up. Her royal pardon, which had been requested by Prime Minister Hun Sen, forgave two sentences of “intentional violence” and “obstruction of civil servants” that she received in connection with her activism on behalf of her fellow residents of the land surrounding Boeung Kak Lake in the north of the Cambodian capital. That land has been … [Read more...] about Cambodia’s strongman is freeing his political prisoners. Why?
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The non-profit independent organisation of former Myanmar political prisoners said that among these prisoners, 33 have been sentenced, 53 are in jail awaiting trial, and 189 are free on bail while undergoing trial. The group added that most of the activists were charged and sentenced under Section 20 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law and Section 10 of the Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens Law. It said 36 political prisoners were released in April under the president’s amnesty. Most of the political prisoners were arrested on suspicion of violating Section 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act, the group said, as it urged the government to release so-called prisoners of conscience as soon as possible. “We urge the government to give priority to revising and amending repressive laws to protect political and citizens’ rights. By doing this, national peace and reconciliation will be achieved,” the group … [Read more...] about 275 political prisoners in Myanmar, group says
MULTIMEDIA George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News Posted at Jun 20 2018 07:21 PM Members of a human rights group together with relatives of political prisoners march in protest at the Department of Justice in Manila on Wednesday. The group decried the recent suspension of the formal peace talks by the government, and described it as another indication of the Duterte administration’s disinterest in pursuing reforms and meeting its obligations to release political prisoners. /life/06/20/18/look-kelsey-works-with-dream-photographer-in-4th-victorias-secret-shoot/sports/06/20/18/pvl-pocari-fuels-semis-bid-with-5-set-win-over-balipure/sports/06/20/18/pba-phoenix-torches-globalport-to-stay-in-hunt-for-playoffs-berth/video/news/06/20/18/watch-ex-duterte-lawyer-wants-to-become-ombudsman/overseas/06/20/18/number-missing-in-indonesia-ferry-disaster-jumps-to-nearly-180-police … [Read more...] about News ‘Free political prisoners’
MANILA -- Communist rebels have agreed to stand down ahead of the resumption of formal peace talks with the Philippine government, but want more than 520 political prisoners freed. An amnesty proclamation will be part of an interim peace agreement scheduled for signing on June 28, said Fidel Agcaoili, chairman of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ peace panel. Agcaoili said the government panel had "committed" to the proclamation to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, but it would require the concurrence of Congress. "The amnesty proclamation is basically tapos na (It's finished)," Agcaoili told ANC’s Early Edition on Friday, saying the president’s endorsement of the proclamation to the legislature would "signal that he is sincere" in freeing political prisoners. A number of such detainees were released in 2016 so they could participate in the peace talks. But Duterte, incensed over continued attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) on … [Read more...] about News With talks set to resume, Reds seek freedom for 520 political prisoners
“The organisations helping ex-political prisoners can’t reach the whole country. There were many incidents where ex-political prisoners died because they could not afford cost of medical treatment or they did not have enough food,” said Daw Mie Mie from the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society. “The incumbent government should take responsibility [for the prisoners] as a special duty,” she said during a forum, “Rehabilitation of Ex-Political Prisoners,” held at Yangon Book Plaza on Friday. Former political prisoners who fought against the military regimes that ruled Myanmar for decades have suffered a lot physical and emotional damage while in detention, U Zaw Moe of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said. “When they came out of jail, due to financial difficulties, they had to face rehabilitation problems again,” said U Zaw Moe, who is in charge of historical records and research for AAPP. … [Read more...] about Healthcare aid sought for political prisoners