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American Headline News for 24 May 2018

Thailand: Free 14 Pro-Democracy Activists

Human Rights Watch - 24 May 2018 00:34
Expand Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by... November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018. © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha (New York) - Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta's ban on political gatherings of more than five people. "The arrest of peaceful democracy activists calling for free and fair elections shows that Thailand's military junta has no intention of easing...
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South Korea: Decriminalize Abortion

Human Rights Watch - 24 May 2018 00:10
Expand South Korean police officers stand guard in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji (Seoul) - Criminalization of abortion is... incompatible with South Korea's human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Korea. The court will hear a case on May 24, 2018, involving the country's laws on abortion. The court should decriminalize abortion, and authorities should ensure that safe and legal abortion is accessible. South Korea's laws provide that procuring or providing an abortion in most circumstances is a crime. A woman who undergoes an abortion risks a prison sentence of up to a year or a fine of up to 2 million won (US$1,850). Healthcare workers who provide...
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