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APHR said the recent attacks on freedom of speech online pose “a risk to the freeness and fairness of the upcoming elections"
Despite the overwhelming victory, the opposition parties may be unable to form a government
“We urge the Thai government to allow those fleeing conflict in Myanmar to enter Thailand safely and to prioritize their protection"
The new report said the year 2022 saw a "worsening trend for parliamentarians at risk in the region, particularly in Myanmar
“Shutting down an independent media outlet due to a single perceived ‘mistake’ is a blatant violation of freedom of the press”
“Lawfare is very common in the Philippines, but is happening everywhere in Southeast Asia and beyond," said Charles Santiago
"The delay in rescuing these boats has already caused untold suffering and loss of life,” said said Charles Santiago, chairperson of APHR
APHR said the new Code includes “problematic articles that could unduly restrict the right to freedom of religion or belief"
Many laws that inhibit, restrict, and repress religious freedoms remain on the books and are implemented throughout Southeast Asia
The legislators noted that proposed solutions to climate change too often ignore indigenous communities' voices