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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…
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Australia Should Press for Greater Scrutiny of Beijing at UN Rights Council

The Australian government helped two Australian journalists living in China leave the country yesterday after a five-day diplomatic standoff.  Amid fears for their safety, Bill Birtles of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation sheltered in…
In this image made from a video, Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalist Bill Birtles speaks to the media on his arrival at Sydney airport, Australia, September 8, 2020.
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The Hong Kong government has wasted no time in using its new national security law to arrest critics and attack press freedom. Monday’s arrest of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures, including 71-year-old Jimmy Lai, founder and owner of the pro-…
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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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For households around the world, soon it will be the time of the month to start thinking about next month’s rent, mortgage or housing loan payments. Billions of people have been directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19. This unprecedented public…
Homeless women sleep outside on a mattress in the "Villa 31" neighborhood during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
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Refugees, Health Care, and Criminal Justice Top Agenda

(Sydney) – Australia’s sweeping national security laws and police actions against journalists and whistleblowers are having a chilling effect on freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Refugee…
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Global Football, Rights Groups Help Stop Unlawful Deportation

(New York) – Thailand has freed a Bahraini refugee football player threatened with extradition since November 2018 following global pressure from athletes, sports federations, and rights groups, Human Rights Watch said today. …
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New Campaign Calls for Release of Hakeem al-Araibi

(New York) – Thailand’s government should immediately release the refugee football player Hakeem al-Araibi and let him return to his wife and team in Australia, Human Rights Watch said today in announcing a campaign for his…
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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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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting Indonesia this week on his first international trip as Australia’s leader. The two governments will announce a new trade deal and Australia is keen to show this as a deepening of ties between the two…
A police officer stands guard during a protest by supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, outside Cipinang Prison where he was taken following his conviction of blasphemy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 9 May 2017.
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Unceasing Crackdown Amid Preparation for Rights Dialogue

(Sydney) – The Australian government should press the Vietnamese government to release political prisoners and detainees; end repression of free speech, association, and assembly; and take steps to end police brutality. The…
Supporters hold signs with names of jailed activists at an event held to call for their release in Hanoi, Vietnam, August 27, 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…
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Amend Draft to Protect Whistleblowers, Journalists, Activists

(Sydney) – A proposed Australian espionage law will put whistleblowers, journalists, and human rights activists at risk of prosecution, Human Rights Watch said today in a submission to Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on…
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Urge Hanoi at Talks to Address Assaults on, Jailing of Activists

(Sydney) – Australia should press for significant progress on human rights at its August 10, 2017 bilateral human rights dialogue with Vietnam in Canberra in light of sharply worsening conditions, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights…
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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…
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