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Amnesty International (SA Branch) Asia Pacific Network
Monitoring the human rights situation of Australia's near neigbours.
Amnesty International (SA Branch) Asia Pacific Network
Monitoring the human rights situation of Australia's near neigbours.

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Asia-Pacific Network Weekly Report (Aug 2



Weekly human rights monitoring 1. Near neighbours a) Fiji y (Aug 2) Fijian government blocked the Fiji Live website over the weekend after the service ran an article relating to the police commissioner. Under the new media decree, no organization is allowed to be critical of the government. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/02/2970425.htm?section=justin y (Aug 1) Human rights lawyer, Imrana Jalal has had 8 charges against her discharged by Justice Fernando. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=55041 y (Jul 28) Increasing number of HIV AIDS cases in Fiji has sparked concern among Fijian Health Ministry officials. The latest statistics show 21 new reported HIV cases, brining the total to 354 this year. http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=2907106c4e406b77e30ffca1e deca9 y (July 27) Fiji s interim regime has again extended the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) for another month. In June, the interim regime announced a new Media Decree (came into effect on June 28) and that the PER will remain in place for the next three months. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=54944 b) Indonesia y (Aug 2) Muslim cleric Cahal Mahfudh has been re-elected chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (IUC). The IUC has introduced a number of fatwas such as the application of the retroactive accountability principle, banning sex changes and sperm banks, and declared that watching gossips shows as forbidden according to Islam. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/07/29/clerics-takecorruption-with-fatwa-accountability.html y (July 31) Surge of anti-Christian attacks have increased in Bekasi. According to the Setara Institute, a pluralist organization, there have been 28 cases of rights violations against Christian congregations in the first half of this year in Indonesia, compared with 18 for 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/world/asia/30iht-indo.html c) Timor Leste y (July 28) Timor-Leste citizens are facing a crisis of malnutrition. It is estimated that 40% of children under the age of six suffer from chronic malnutrition. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1072036/1/.html d) PNG and Western Papua y (Aug 1) Maternal mortality in PNG is the highest in the world, with 733 per 100,000. The UN Population Fund representative in PNG, Dr Gilbert Hiawalyer supports Dame Carol s (PNG MP) assessment. Poor road access in rural areas and run down health clinics, lack of access to contraception and inadequate training for midwives contribute to the problem. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=55039 y (July 28) PNG s residents of the sinking Carteret Islands (the world s first climate change refugees) are pleading for help. The relocation process was started several years ago to move residents to the nearby Bougainvillle, however, only 2 families out of a population of 2,300 have been relocated. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/28/2967106.htm?section=justin 2. Asia- Pacific a) Thailand (July 17) Thai government has renewed the Emergency Decree in 16 provinces in Thailand . Details of the Emergency Decree 2010 timeline is available: http://thailand.ahrchk.net/emergency2010/ y Pakistan (July 30) Ms Julia Austin, a Christian teacher faced systematic discrimination at her workplace and was dismissed without warning on the basis that she did not adequately prepare for her class. However, her dismissal was not according to due process accorded in her contract, and that her students had obtained the highest academic results in the school. http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2010/3515/ y Japan (July 29) Amnesty International has condemned the State-sanctioned execution of two Japanese men , Ogata Hidenori and Shinozawa Kazuo. The hangings were the first since the new Japanese government came into power in 2009. http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/23418/

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