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Summary I have to censor myself. This is the reality. I come to Australia and still I’m not free. —Lei Chen (pseudonym), student from mainland China describing his experience studying in an Australian university, September 25, 2020 You have to…
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) boldly urges students to "bring your difference." Unfortunately, my recent experience suggests that the university might be more interested in damage control than an open marketplace of ideas. But this is a test…
Protesters gather during a rally against the police's use of tear gas in Hong Kong, December 6, 2019.
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Outspoken Football Player at Risk of Imprisonment, Torture

(New York ) – Thailand’s government should ensure that Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali al-Araibi, a recognized refugee, is not returned to Bahrain, Human Rights Watch said today. If returned, he would face an imminent risk of wrongful detention and ill-treatment…
Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali al-Araibi in detention at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
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Last month, I visited Meliana, an Indonesian woman jailed for blasphemy, in a prison in Medan, North Sumatra. The security was tight. No mobile phones. No pens. No money. We could only bring some cakes.
 
 I went there with Musdah Mulia, a…
Governor Basuki “Ahok” Purnama after the sentencing in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017.
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July 2018

Human Rights Watch appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing preparations for the forthcoming 15th Australia-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue, scheduled to be held in Hanoi in August 2018.
 
 Since the last bilateral human rights…
Don’t Roll Out the Red Carpet for Vietnam’s Autocratic Leader PHOTO
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Urge Hanoi at Talks to Address Assaults on, Jailing of Activists

Click to expand Image Vu Minh Khanh (C) holds an image of her…
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Threatens Security, Rights

(Sydney, August 7, 2017) – The Australian government should not force technology companies to weaken the security of their products or to subvert encryption, Human Rights Watch said last week in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. That strategy…
BHR Encryption
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August 3, 2017Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MPPrime MinisterParliament HouseCANBERRA ACT 2600
  
 
 Re: Encryption and Human Rights
 
 Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,
 
 We write to urge you to support the use of strong encryption as…