Thousands of Pakistanis Attend the Cemetery of Leading Human Rights Activist

Thousands of Pakistanis crowded the streets of Lahore city on Tuesday (13/2) to bid farewell to one of the country's most prominent human rights activists, who died of a heart attack on Sunday at the age of 66. [19659002] Friends, family, politicians and human rights activists were among those who attended the Asma Jahangir funeral ceremony at the city's Gadhafi Stadium.

Jahangir is one of the founders of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission, a body that highlights human rights abuses throughout the country. He also serves as the UN special rapporteur on human rights issues. On his website, the international body praised Jahangir for his "contribution to human rights", which earned him numerous awards from home and abroad.

The US State Department said Tuesday that – along with Pakistan and other countries – the departure of democracy and human rights activists. [em/jm]

Human Rights Activist Slams Step Trump Defends Guantanamo Prison

Rights groups denounced President Donald Trump's decision to defend US military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba

"I keep my promise," Trump said in a speech to Congress on Tuesday (30/1) after signing the executive order. The move canceled a presidential decree containing a plan for closure of the facility, issued by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Trump says such facilities are important to ensure America has all the forces necessary to hold terrorists in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda.

According to a new presidential decree, America can transport additional prisoners to the Guantanamo Bay Navy Base if it is legal and necessary to protect the country. "The order also calls for Defense Minister Jim Mattis to draft a 90-day policy on how to handle and move people arrested in connection with an armed conflict.

Noor Zafar of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has represented Guantanamo detainees in federal court, told the VOA this is another anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamic phobia that he uses to instigate a support base Trum.

Zafar who wants the prison to be closed d detained or freed, said the president's view of who was classified as a terrorist was explicitly and clearly based on a person's religious and ethnic identity.

He compared Trump's different reaction to violence in Las Vegas in August 2017 with an attack on New York in October 2017. In Las Vegas, then, a white man killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds of people watching a music festival. While in New York in October 2017, a Muslim man killed eight people and wounded dozens of others by crashing a truck on bike lanes and on foot. The man was a supporter of ISIS.

Noor Zafar said, "If it was a violent white man, there was no call to call himself a terrorist. But if it's a colored or Muslim, it will soon be branded as a terrorist, and the president will deprive all of his constitutional rights and send him to Guantanamo. "

" I think it shows bad intentions and disguised President Trump's intentions, " he added.

During the Trump campaign he said he wanted to defend Guantanamo and fill it with the bad guys. [ps/jm]

Thai activist fled for indictment for insulting King

A student activist said in his writings on Facebook he fled from Thailand after finding out he had been charged with insulting the king for discussing a BBC article about the country's new king.

Lese majeste, or insulting the king, could be sentenced to three to 15 year imprisonment for each incident, and charges against Chanoknan Ruamsap seem to be the first filed this year. The cases of King's humiliation have increased considerably under the military rule that has been in power since 2014. Critics say the law is used to punish political opponents.

Another prominent student activist, Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, was sentenced to 2 years prison for discussing the same article that was published online by the BBC's Thai section of the language.

Chanoknan did not say where he lives now. [gp]

Judged for Post Article BBC, Thai Activist Flies to LN

 A pro-democracy activist in Thailand fled abroad after learning he would be tried for posting a British media article, BBC in 2016. The BBC article was considered offensive and offensive to the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

As reported by Reuters Monday (29/1/2018), female activist named Chanoknan Ruamsap is blurred out of Thailand on Sunday (28/1) local time. Through his Facebook post, Chanoknan said since the beginning of this month, he received a call to attend the trial of the Royal Thai insult case.

According to the summons, Chanoknan was charged with violating article 112, insulting the Kingdom of Thailand, by posting the profile of King Vajiralongkorn from a BBC Thai-language article whose contents were considered offensive to the King. The BBC article once posted Chanoknan via his Facebook account in 2016.

"It seems I have been charged with article 112 for sharing the BBC article in December 2016," Chanoknan said via his latest Facebook post. "I have less than 30 minutes to decide whether to stay or leave, this is a difficult decision because this time I will not be able to return."

The BBC article which is considered offensive to King Vajiralongkorn was released shortly after King Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in December 2016, after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thailand still applies the lese-majeste law, also known as article 112. Under the law of lese majeste, any violation of the rule of law has a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Last year, another Thai activist, Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for posting the same BBC article. Jatupat, who was heavily involved in the Thai anti-junta rally, was arrested in 2016.

Legal action under the Computer Crimes Act and royal defamation law has risen sharply under the ruling military junta since the 2014 coup. 94 people on trial for violation of lese-majeste. Of that number, according to the iLaw monitoring group, a total of 43 people were sentenced to jail terms.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has repeatedly vowed to crack down on critics of the Thai Empire. On the other hand, critics of Thailand's military junta say the lese-majeste law is often used to silence the enemies of the military junta.

(nvc / ita)

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Democracy Activist Denied To Be A Hong Kong Legislative Candidate

Hong Kong has banned a young activist from taking part in the elections in the near future.

Agnes Chow, 21 years old, is a member of the pro-democracy Demosisto political party. He had hoped to become a legislative candidate in the March elections.

However, the government objected to Demosisto's political program that included "self-determination" or independence for Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement: "Determination of fate alone or changing the system of the Special Hong Kong government area through a referendum that includes the choice for independence is inconsistent with Hong Kong's special status and constitutional law.

Chow said the rejection of his candidacy was "political screening." He added that the decision " "

" The motive of the government is to obliterate the expectations of all the younger generations, "Demosisto said in a statement.

Demosisto was founded with Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the" Umbrella Movement "that began when students stormed the yard of Hong Ko government building ng in September 2014, and demanded completely free elections in the semi-autonomous city. [gp]