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Human Rights Watch's going to be very important for front-line states to provide full and unimpeded access to the UNHCR and assess whether they are eligible, the one-year deadline is only going to happen if there are impartial assessments( of refugee status claims) by international agencies like the UNHCR.
Australia is basically paying blood money to a much poorer, less developed state with a shoddy record of refugee protection to take people that Canberra doesn't want, when they get there, the refugees will find huge hurdles to integrate, jobs that are few and far between, and a resentful local population wondering why this group should get a time-limited year of Australian assistance when ordinary Cambodians do not.
The Singapore judicial system’s shameful recourse to using torture – in the form of caning – to punish crimes that should be misdemeanors is indicative of a blatant disregard for international human rights standards, one of the defendants said that sentencing day was the darkest day of his life, but in reality every day that Singapore keeps caning on its books is a dark day for the country’s international reputation.
This is a tally sheet exercise, with the Thai side trying to figure how many cases and how many officials the U.S. government wants prosecuted in order to give an upgrade, thailand's efforts this year have been a lot of talk, shuffling of assignments at government inter-agency committees, but little substantive action to effectively end trafficking.
Never before has a group of villagers successfully sued the government to require they clean up an industrial site, success here could lead to further lawsuits pressing for responsibility for industrial poisoning of communities in seriously affected areas like Map Tha Phut in Rayong, and the gold mines in Loei and Phichit provinces.
This is a test case for whether rule of law really means anything in Thailand when the poor and powerless take on a state agency that has been negligent, if the (Pollution Control Department) can defy an order from the Supreme Administrative Court without facing severe consequences, it spreads the word that government agencies can do what they want.
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