Asia

  • India: Repeal Sedition Law 27 Sep 2014

    India: Repeal Sedition Law

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights strongly condemns the use of sedition laws by India to silence protestors and activists. In the most recent case, environmental activist SP Udayakumar was prevented from traveling outside of India due to sedition charges filed against him by the Tamil Nadu (a southern state in India) police. Udayakumar is the leader of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) who are peacefully protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu... read more


  • Thai Court upholds 11 years Sentence of Magazine Editor for insulting Monarchy 24 Sep 2014

    Thai Court upholds 11 years Sentence of Magazine Editor for insulting Monarchy

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights expresses deep concern about the constant use of the lèse majesté law by Thailand authorities to criminalize freedom of speech and expression in the country. A Thai Appeal Court upheld the conviction and sentencing of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk for publishing articles considered insulting to Thailand’s royal family. Somyot, the editor of Voice Taskin magazine, was arbitrary detained and convicted for allegedly publishing offensive articles in 2011. He was sentenced by a court... read more


  • Migrant Workers in Malaysia Abused 17 Sep 2014

    Migrant Workers in Malaysia Abused

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights strongly expressed deep concern for the condition of workers in Malaysia’s electronics industry. A report by monitoring group, Verité — which conducted a two-year investigation commissioned by the United States Department of Labor — found that nearly one in three migrant workers in Malaysia’s thriving electronics industry suffers from modern day slavery conditions. The survey found that workers’ rights were violated regularly, largely due to a system in which government and industry... read more


  • IGO denounces arrests of opposition activists in Pakistan 14 Sep 2014

    IGO denounces arrests of opposition activists in Pakistan

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) condemns the arbitrary arrests and detention of anti-government protesters in Pakistan. Pakistani police arrested and detained a large number of pro Khan party activists in a recent overnight raid, which activists say is an effort to crackdown on the peaceful “sit-ins” protests in the capital, Islamabad. The exact number of those arrested is not yet known, but the party leader Jehanghir Tareen said they will suspend talks with the government over the arrests. Anti-government... read more


  • IGO Welcomes Arrest of Malala Shooters 13 Sep 2014

    IGO Welcomes Arrest of Malala Shooters

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights commends Pakistan authorities for arresting the militants suspected of shooting activist Malala Yousafzai. The teenager was shot in the head and neck by Taliban militants in October 2012 while traveling in a school van with classmates in the Swat Valley. The gunman stopped the van and asked for her by name before shooting her for her campaign for girl’s education. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reiterates that education is especially... read more


  • SRI LANKA: STOP ARREST, DEPORTATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS 13 Sep 2014

    SRI LANKA: STOP ARREST, DEPORTATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights expressed grave concern about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government started its operation of detaining and deporting refugees on 9 June this year. After coming to a halt on 15 August, it resumed on 3 September. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and... read more


  • Afghanistan Political Deadlock Threatening Country’s Future 10 Sep 2014

    Afghanistan Political Deadlock Threatening Country’s Future

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights is deeply concerned for the political deadlock that continues in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, in a rare public statement, President Hamid Karzai addressed hundreds of Afghan leaders and called on rivals Abdulla Abdulla and Ashraf Ghani to put aside their differences and work together for Afghanistan’s better future. The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also urged Ghani and Abdullah to quickly reach an agreement. Alleging that a June runoff election between... read more


  • Thailand: Migrant Rights Activist Andy Hall on Trial 02 Sep 2014

    Thailand: Migrant Rights Activist Andy Hall on Trial

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights calls for charges to be dropped against British activist Andy Hall who will be tried in Thailand for criminal defamation. Natural Fruit, Thailand’s biggest producer of canned pineapples, has brought six criminal and civil charges against Hall, after he co-authored a report that claimed workers in one of its factories had their passports seized, were forced work in sweltering conditions that made workers faint, suffered violence as well as other abuses.... read more


  • Pakistan: Journalists Face Severe Torture from Police 01 Sep 2014

    Pakistan: Journalists Face Severe Torture from Police

    The International Gulf Organization (IGO) for Human Rights strongly denounces the brutal beating and torture of journalists by the police in Pakistan. Journalists and media staffs covering the ongoing protests in Pakistan capital Islamabad have reportedly been assaulted by the police. They were viciously tortured during their duty in the “Red Zone” as they reported on the police’s use of tear gas on protesters.  Seven of them sustained severe injuries while many others received minor injuries. IGO views the... read more


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