Plus: the importance of the European Court's ruling on Magnitsky; Australia must press Vietnam on rights record; UK government looks to suspend Parliament; Crimean Tatar activist released; Myanmar enacts law to protect children's rights; UN's concern over appointment of Sri Lanka's new army chief; and the word “virgin” will be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh.
The Australian government should press the Vietnam government to respect human rights at the 16th Australia-Vietnam human rights dialogue on August 29. Australia’s close ties with Vietnam mean the Australian government has a responsibility to speak out publicly on Vietnam’s abysmal human rights record
Good news from Crimea, where activist Edem Bekirov has been released after 258 days in custody, allowing him to receive urgently needed medical attention.
After years of discussion and debate, Myanmar has finally enacted a law to protect the rights of children. But the law still needs further reforms and effective enforcement.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, who was allegedly involved in serious human rights violations during the 25-year long civil war, has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s army chief. UN experts are now expressing concern and urging the government to investigate past abuses.
And a positive step for women's rights in Bangladesh, where the word “virgin” will be removed from Muslim marriage certificates. The term will now be replaced with “unmarried”.