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A new treaty to deepen the link between environmental protection and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean has the potential to reduce the conflicts that lead to the murders of so many environmental defenders in the region.  The…
Bernardo, a man in his 30s, was born in a quilombo (Afro-Brazilian) community of around 60, men, women, and children in Minas Gerais State, southeast Brazil. Bernardo told Human Rights Watch that he feels powerless against aerial spraying of pesticides. “
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For many Australians, Laos is a scenic, off-the-beaten path, holiday destination for adventurous travelers. Relatively few know that it's also a repressive one-party state with a long record of restricting basic rights, and imprisoning or forcibly…
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BANGKOK — It has been two years since the enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone, a renowned civil society leader in Laos and 2005 Magsaysay Award winner. He vanished at a police checkpoint in Vientiane on December 15, 2012. Despite the efforts of his…
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Today’s Laos has a communist government that institutes free market reforms and advertises itself as a haven for backpacking tourists. It recently opened its own stock market. For many Americans, especially, Laos still evokes images of the ‘secret war’…
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Police and local militia in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, are forcibly detaining people who use drugs in a so-called treatment centre where the detainees risk beatings and other abuse, according to a Human Rights Watch report released today. …