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Dhaka: Facebook accessible again but press freedom still under threat
The government lifts ban on social network, which it blocked on 29 May, following the removal of Muhammad cartoons. Press freedom is in a critical state in the country. Police and secret services shut down national newspaper Daily Amar Desh, jailing editor, publisher and a few journalists.
12/12/2007 SRI LANKA
Violence as a “way of life” in Sri Lanka
Asian Human Rights Commission makes the allegation in a report released on International Human Rights Day. The year 2007 saw continued human rights violations by both Tamil rebels and the government. Corruption is up and freedom of expression is more restricted.
18/09/2008 SRI LANKA
More than a hundred thousand helpless refugees flee fighting between army and Tamil rebels
The Asian Human Rights Commission releases a damning statement about helpless refugees. Army and rebels are told to respect communication lines and allow “neutral areas” where refugees can find shelter and help.
Human rights in Asia: serious problems in 10 countries
The 2005 report of the Asian Human Rights Commission says human rights violations are on the rise. Governments take advantage of weak judicial powers and use the army for strong-arm tactics.
Former Chinese spy: secret service trying to clamp down on rights activists
The Chinese secret service is "monitoring" dissidents, religious groups, and anyone who protests against injustice, and is repressing human rights. According to the former spy, it is important for Western governments to talk with Beijing not only about the economy, but also about human rights. It is the first instance of "treason" by a Chinese spy.
Magomed Yevloyev, critic of the Kremlin, killed by police
His website attacked the president of Ingushetia, a close friend of Vladimir Putin. According to the police, his death was "accidental". Russia is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.
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