David Scott Mathieson, Human Rights Watch

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Past articles by David:

Burma: Political Prisoner Amnesty Falls Short

(New York) ­– Yesterday’s limited release of political prisoners in Burma leaves many others in prison and is undermined by the ongoing arrests and imprisonment of activists, with hundreds still facing trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Burma’s international supporters should demand the release of all remaining political prisoners and an end to politically motivated arrests and trials. → Read More

Thailand: Investigate Army Abduction of Student Activist

(New York) – The Thai government should urgently investigate the abduction and alleged beating and mistreatment of prominent student activist Sirawith Seritiwat by army soldiers, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrest, which Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha said was for violating the ban on public assembly and political activity, is itself unjustified under the right of all persons to… → Read More

Dispatches: Impunity for Sexual Violence in Burma’s Kachin Conflict

A year ago this week, two young ethnic Kachin school teachers, Hkawn Nan Tsin, 21, and Maran Lu Ra, 20, were raped and murdered at a teacher’s dormitory in the town of Kaung Kha in Burma’s Shan State. The main suspects in this horrific crime are Burmese army soldiers stationed just a few hundred meters from where the women lived. → Read More

Dispatches: Punishing Burma’s Activists

When social worker Patrick Kum Jaa Lee is led into a Rangoon courtroom today, he will have been in detention for more than three months, facing defamation charges under section 66(d) of Burma’s Telecommunications Law. His crime? Nothing more than an alleged Facebook post in October, mocking Burma’s military. → Read More

Dispatches: Tackling India’s Archaic LGBT Law

The 15-year-old boy was seen by a neighbor in a park with his male partner. News spread, and teasing and harassment followed. Humiliated, he locked himself in his room for two days. On Sunday, he doused himself with diesel fuel and set himself on fire. "He is unable to speak properly,” the boy’s anguished father said. “The doctors say he is out of danger but I will only believe it when my son… → Read More

The Electoral Aftermath in Rakhine State

When U Aye Maung, leader of the Arakan National Party (ANP), arrived in Sittwe recently, he was greeted with a drum band and a crowd of supporters. But the relatively muted reception reflected the mixed electoral outcome in Rakhine State. → Read More