Josef Benedict

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Josef Benedict said ( about Muhyiddin Yassin ) : “The declaration of a state of emergency seems like another attempt by Muhyiddin to hold on to power, block elections and remove parliamentary oversight, rather than to seriously address the pandemic,” External link

aljazeera-en Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “In Uganda, we saw LGBT people targeted under the pretext of Covid-19 … while in India, informal migrants, who have already been negatively impacted by government policies , faced further violations by the state,” “The expansion of surveillance is also of concern. China, which already had an extensive surveillance industry, used the pandemic to expand that technology , and in Armenia and Israel, the governments took monitoring measures far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “In Uganda, we saw LGBT people targeted under the pretext of Covid-19 … while in India, informal migrants, who have already been negatively impacted by government policies , faced further violations by the state,” “The expansion of surveillance is also of concern. China, which already had an extensive surveillance industry, used the pandemic to expand that technology , and in Armenia and Israel, the governments took monitoring measures far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law” External link

guardian Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Our research shows that civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, continue to be violated across the region. The percentage of people living in Asian countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space is nearly 90 per cent,” External link

thehimalayantimes Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:41:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” “On top of this, there are serious concerns that the new anti-terrorism law, which has few safeguards, will institutionalize and facilitate an abuse of power,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” “On top of this, there are serious concerns that the new anti-terrorism law, which has few safeguards, will institutionalize and facilitate an abuse of power,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “For many observers, the state of civic space in Pacific may seem relatively positive. However civil society groups are concerned about the increasing use of laws to silence dissent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Australia was downgraded last year to ‘narrow’ but still we continue to see restrictions on civic freedoms and a growing climate of intimidation aimed at discouraging dissent,” “A range of problematic security laws have had a chilling effect on journalists and whistle-blowers. There have also been efforts to weaken privacy rights in the name of national security while stricter anti-protests laws are being pushed through” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Our research shows that civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, continue to be violated across the region. The percentage of people living in Asian countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space is nearly 90 per cent,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Governments in Asia are increasingly adopting China's authoritarian tactics to hold on to power or control the narrative," External link

northkoreatimes Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:24:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond, and the authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished,” External link

frontiermyanmar Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We understand there are things that can be done quite quickly and should have been done, like reforms of legislation (such as the Sediction Act 1948, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, and Peaceful Assembly Act 2012),” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, May 6, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are extremely concerned that this bill is overly broad and restrictive and, if passed, could be used to block or criminalise reporting on government misconduct and the expression of critical opinions by civil society and citizens,” External link

thehimalayantimes Saturday, March 9, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict added : “Any efforts to genuinely regulate online content must be approached in a transparent and consultative manner, and avoid criminal restrictions on free speech,” “We call on the Government of Nepal to ensure that the legislation is in line with international law and standards in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it has ratified and that vague provisions around protecting national sovereignty should be removed,” External link

thehimalayantimes Saturday, March 9, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are extremely concerned that this bill is overly broad and restrictive, and if passed, could be used to block or criminalise reporting on government misconduct and the expression of critical opinions by civil society and citizens,” External link

thehimalayantimes Friday, March 8, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Any efforts to genuinely regulate online content must be approached in a transparent and consultative manner, and avoid criminal restrictions on free speech,” “We call on the Nepali government to ensure that the legislation is in line with international law and standards, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it has ratified, and that vague provisions around protecting national sovereignty should be removed” External link

thehimalayantimes Friday, March 8, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These attacks are a dangerous escalation in violence and could put ordinary people in Rakhine state at risk, in particular as tensions have been reaching a boiling point in the region recently,” External link

eurasiareview Saturday, August 26, 2017 4:46:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

ipreunion Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:11:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

cridem Friday, August 25, 2017 10:56:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

laprovence Friday, August 25, 2017 8:19:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

ladepeche Friday, August 25, 2017 7:27:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

rtl-BE Friday, August 25, 2017 7:15:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

lanouvellerepublique Friday, August 25, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

romandie Friday, August 25, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Thailand needs to stop using the courts to harass and imprison peaceful activists, and take its international legal obligation to respect freedom of expression seriously," External link

ibtimes-uk Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:41:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Ko Ni ) : “The killing of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Yangon [on Jan. 28] is an appalling act that has all the hallmarks of an assassination,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “It demands that the authorities immediately launch a thorough, independent and impartial investigation,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Ko Ni ) : “His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond, and the authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished,” “U Ko Ni was a tireless human rights campaigner, and his death marks the loss of an important voice in the fight for human rights in Myanmar,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished," External link

ekantipur Monday, January 30, 2017 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

reuters Friday, November 18, 2016 8:12:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

brisbanetimes Friday, November 18, 2016 7:53:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

smh Friday, November 18, 2016 7:37:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “This unwarranted attack is an insult to the freedom of expression and the latest example of Malaysian government’s worsening crackdown on independent media in the country,” External link

laht Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict added : “This is pure intimidation and harassment of journalists who have been targeted solely for peacefully doing their work, which is to report the news. It is no coincidence that this is news the Malaysian authorities would rather suppress,” External link

laht Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “With this latest outburst, President Duterte has sunk to new depths. Governmentsboth in the region and around the worldshould speak out immediately and condemn these outrageous statements,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Since coming to power, there has been a surge of state-sanctioned violence and unlawful killings across the Philippines. Instead of stopping and condemning these human rights violations, and ensuring those responsible are held to account, he has vowed to escalate them,” “Mass killing under President Duterte must end” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Cambodia is in crisis with the government engaging in a campaign of intimidation against peaceful political and civil society activists, using frivolous prosecutions designed to punish, isolate and marginalise any peaceful dissent," External link

refworld Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "This is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression. Malaysia's sedition law is a crude colonial-era instrument designed to silence dissent. It has no place in a modern rights-respecting society and should be repealed immediately," External link

refworld Friday, August 26, 2016 10:20:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Under the guise of protecting the judicial system, the new law threatens to criminalise people for criticising the courts or the administration of justice in Singapore," External link

refworld Saturday, August 20, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "This new law not only threatens to diminish the limited space that the mainstream media has, but could deny people access to information and have a chilling effect on bloggers and social media users," External link

refworld Saturday, August 20, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum?” External link

newstalk Friday, August 12, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

wxow Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

muscatinejournal Sunday, August 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

siouxcityjournal Sunday, August 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

daytondailynews Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

usnews Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:14:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

GulfDailyNews Sunday, August 7, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum,” External link

japantoday Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict estime : "Si les gens ne peuvent pas dire ce qu'ils pensent ou prendre part sans crainte à des activités politiques, comment peuvent-ils s'engager de manière significative dans ce référendum?" External link

OuestFrance Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:35:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum,” External link

680news Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:35:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "With this new law, the government now has spurned checks and assumed potentially abusive powers," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the Act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Najib Razak ) : "The Najib government is increasingly resorting to repressive new laws that are said to protect national security but in practice imperil human rights," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict stated ( about Najib Razak ) : “The Najib government is increasingly resorting to repressive new laws that are said to protect national security but in practice imperil human rights,” External link

laht Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “With this new law, the Government has spurned checks and assumed potentially abusive powers,” External link

thestar-my Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:34:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

dailytimesPK Monday, August 1, 2016 3:30:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security,” External link

scmp Monday, August 1, 2016 11:25:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

digitaljournal Monday, August 1, 2016 10:34:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

afp-en Monday, August 1, 2016 9:40:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Sadly, he could preside over the highest number of executions in the country's democratic era at a time when most of the world has turned its back on this cruel practice," External link

aljazeera-en Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:07:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Joko Widodo ) : "President Widodo's era was supposed to represent a new start for human rights in Indonesia. Sadly, he could preside over the highest number of executions in the country's democratic era at a time when most of the world has turned its back on this cruel practice," External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Zulfiqar Ali ) : "As the case of Zulfiqar Ali shows, international law has been repeatedly violated in death penalty cases, from the time of arrest, throughout the trial, and at appeal stage. Regardless of what we think of the death penalty, no one must have their life decided on the basis of such flawed proceedings," "The international community should be alarmed by the revival of executions, and other countries should speak up for those facing the death penalty in Indonesia" External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is no evidence to support President Widodo's position. The death penalty does not deter crime. Carrying out executions will not rid Indonesia of drugs. It is never the solution, and it will damage Indonesia's standing in the world," "If President Widodo is serious about claiming a place for Indonesia on the world stage and as a leader for the region, he cannot ignore its human rights obligations. The first step towards that must be a moratorium on executions with a view to ridding Indonesia of the unjust punishment once and for all" External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “President Widodo’s era was supposed to represent a new start for human rights in Indonesia,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:54:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” External link

asiantribune Wednesday, June 22, 2016 4:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

ibtimes-in Monday, June 20, 2016 12:16:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Instead of deploying these crude intimidation tactics that could put the lives of men, women and children at risk, the Indonesian authorities should come together to allow them to disembark safely so the UN Refugee Agency can interview them," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Indonesia risks squandering the good will it generated when it provided assistance last year to hundreds of refugees and migrants who had been stranded on the Andaman Sea. In contrast to what happened in May 2015, developments this week invite comparisons with other countries that have a notorious record of setting desperate people adrift and at risk of death on the high seas," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The immigration office and security forces in Aceh are flouting the authority of their own Vice President and not letting the UNHCR do its job. Consistent standards must be applied across the board, with all Indonesian authorities working together with recognized international bodies," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The immigration office and security forces in Aceh are flouting the authority of their own Vice President and not letting the UNHCR do its job. Consistent standards must be applied across the board, with all Indonesian authorities working together with recognized international bodies," External link

colombopage Friday, June 17, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

colombopage Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

dailymirror Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

thejakartaglobe Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:46:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people’s right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "A travel ban on critics will mark a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent," External link

reuters-in Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:47:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "A travel ban on critics will mark a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent," External link

reuters Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT



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Josef Benedict

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Josef Benedict said ( about Muhyiddin Yassin ) : “The declaration of a state of emergency seems like another attempt by Muhyiddin to hold on to power, block elections and remove parliamentary oversight, rather than to seriously address the pandemic,” External link

aljazeera-en Tuesday, January 12, 2021 8:05:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “In Uganda, we saw LGBT people targeted under the pretext of Covid-19 … while in India, informal migrants, who have already been negatively impacted by government policies , faced further violations by the state,” “The expansion of surveillance is also of concern. China, which already had an extensive surveillance industry, used the pandemic to expand that technology , and in Armenia and Israel, the governments took monitoring measures far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “In Uganda, we saw LGBT people targeted under the pretext of Covid-19 … while in India, informal migrants, who have already been negatively impacted by government policies , faced further violations by the state,” “The expansion of surveillance is also of concern. China, which already had an extensive surveillance industry, used the pandemic to expand that technology , and in Armenia and Israel, the governments took monitoring measures far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law” External link

guardian Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Our research shows that civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, continue to be violated across the region. The percentage of people living in Asian countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space is nearly 90 per cent,” External link

thehimalayantimes Wednesday, December 9, 2020 7:41:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” “On top of this, there are serious concerns that the new anti-terrorism law, which has few safeguards, will institutionalize and facilitate an abuse of power,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” “On top of this, there are serious concerns that the new anti-terrorism law, which has few safeguards, will institutionalize and facilitate an abuse of power,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:09:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “For many observers, the state of civic space in Pacific may seem relatively positive. However civil society groups are concerned about the increasing use of laws to silence dissent,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Australia was downgraded last year to ‘narrow’ but still we continue to see restrictions on civic freedoms and a growing climate of intimidation aimed at discouraging dissent,” “A range of problematic security laws have had a chilling effect on journalists and whistle-blowers. There have also been efforts to weaken privacy rights in the name of national security while stricter anti-protests laws are being pushed through” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “The shutdown of a major outlet, ABS-CBN, is shocking, especially during a pandemic when information is critical to saving lives. Threats and attacks against journalists have contributed to self-censorship and have had a chilling effect within the media sector,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Our research shows that civic freedoms, including the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, continue to be violated across the region. The percentage of people living in Asian countries with closed, repressed or obstructed civic space is nearly 90 per cent,” External link

themalaymailonline Tuesday, December 8, 2020 3:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Governments in Asia are increasingly adopting China's authoritarian tactics to hold on to power or control the narrative," External link

northkoreatimes Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:24:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond, and the authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished,” External link

frontiermyanmar Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:01:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We understand there are things that can be done quite quickly and should have been done, like reforms of legislation (such as the Sediction Act 1948, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, and Peaceful Assembly Act 2012),” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, May 6, 2019 12:04:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are extremely concerned that this bill is overly broad and restrictive and, if passed, could be used to block or criminalise reporting on government misconduct and the expression of critical opinions by civil society and citizens,” External link

thehimalayantimes Saturday, March 9, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict added : “Any efforts to genuinely regulate online content must be approached in a transparent and consultative manner, and avoid criminal restrictions on free speech,” “We call on the Government of Nepal to ensure that the legislation is in line with international law and standards in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it has ratified and that vague provisions around protecting national sovereignty should be removed,” External link

thehimalayantimes Saturday, March 9, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are extremely concerned that this bill is overly broad and restrictive, and if passed, could be used to block or criminalise reporting on government misconduct and the expression of critical opinions by civil society and citizens,” External link

thehimalayantimes Friday, March 8, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Any efforts to genuinely regulate online content must be approached in a transparent and consultative manner, and avoid criminal restrictions on free speech,” “We call on the Nepali government to ensure that the legislation is in line with international law and standards, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which it has ratified, and that vague provisions around protecting national sovereignty should be removed” External link

thehimalayantimes Friday, March 8, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These attacks are a dangerous escalation in violence and could put ordinary people in Rakhine state at risk, in particular as tensions have been reaching a boiling point in the region recently,” External link

eurasiareview Saturday, August 26, 2017 4:46:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

ipreunion Saturday, August 26, 2017 1:11:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

cridem Friday, August 25, 2017 10:56:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

laprovence Friday, August 25, 2017 8:19:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

ladepeche Friday, August 25, 2017 7:27:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

rtl-BE Friday, August 25, 2017 7:15:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

lanouvellerepublique Friday, August 25, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict déclaré : "Cela ne doit pas conduire à la répétition des cruelles représailles de l'armée à une attaque similaire l'année passée, lorsque les forces de sécurité ont torturé, tué et violé des Rohingyas et brûlé des villages entiers" External link

romandie Friday, August 25, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Thailand needs to stop using the courts to harass and imprison peaceful activists, and take its international legal obligation to respect freedom of expression seriously," External link

ibtimes-uk Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:41:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Ko Ni ) : “The killing of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni in Yangon [on Jan. 28] is an appalling act that has all the hallmarks of an assassination,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “It demands that the authorities immediately launch a thorough, independent and impartial investigation,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Ko Ni ) : “His death will send shock waves across the human rights community in the country and beyond, and the authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished,” “U Ko Ni was a tireless human rights campaigner, and his death marks the loss of an important voice in the fight for human rights in Myanmar,” External link

eurasiareview Friday, February 3, 2017 6:26:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The authorities must send a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished," External link

ekantipur Monday, January 30, 2017 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

reuters Friday, November 18, 2016 8:12:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

brisbanetimes Friday, November 18, 2016 7:53:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These arrests are the latest in a series of crude and heavy-handed attempts to intimidate Malaysian civil society activists and other human rights defenders," External link

smh Friday, November 18, 2016 7:37:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “This unwarranted attack is an insult to the freedom of expression and the latest example of Malaysian government’s worsening crackdown on independent media in the country,” External link

laht Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict added : “This is pure intimidation and harassment of journalists who have been targeted solely for peacefully doing their work, which is to report the news. It is no coincidence that this is news the Malaysian authorities would rather suppress,” External link

laht Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “With this latest outburst, President Duterte has sunk to new depths. Governmentsboth in the region and around the worldshould speak out immediately and condemn these outrageous statements,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict added ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “Since coming to power, there has been a surge of state-sanctioned violence and unlawful killings across the Philippines. Instead of stopping and condemning these human rights violations, and ensuring those responsible are held to account, he has vowed to escalate them,” “Mass killing under President Duterte must end” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:21:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Cambodia is in crisis with the government engaging in a campaign of intimidation against peaceful political and civil society activists, using frivolous prosecutions designed to punish, isolate and marginalise any peaceful dissent," External link

refworld Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "This is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression. Malaysia's sedition law is a crude colonial-era instrument designed to silence dissent. It has no place in a modern rights-respecting society and should be repealed immediately," External link

refworld Friday, August 26, 2016 10:20:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Under the guise of protecting the judicial system, the new law threatens to criminalise people for criticising the courts or the administration of justice in Singapore," External link

refworld Saturday, August 20, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "This new law not only threatens to diminish the limited space that the mainstream media has, but could deny people access to information and have a chilling effect on bloggers and social media users," External link

refworld Saturday, August 20, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum?” External link

newstalk Friday, August 12, 2016 1:59:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

wxow Thursday, August 11, 2016 12:13:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

muscatinejournal Sunday, August 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

siouxcityjournal Sunday, August 7, 2016 1:23:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

daytondailynews Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

usnews Sunday, August 7, 2016 11:14:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum," External link

GulfDailyNews Sunday, August 7, 2016 9:04:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum,” External link

japantoday Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict estime : "Si les gens ne peuvent pas dire ce qu'ils pensent ou prendre part sans crainte à des activités politiques, comment peuvent-ils s'engager de manière significative dans ce référendum?" External link

OuestFrance Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:35:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “If people cannot speak their minds freely or take part in political activities without fear, how can they meaningfully engage in this referendum,” External link

680news Sunday, August 7, 2016 7:35:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "With this new law, the government now has spurned checks and assumed potentially abusive powers," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the Act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Najib Razak ) : "The Najib government is increasingly resorting to repressive new laws that are said to protect national security but in practice imperil human rights," External link

refworld Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:47:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict stated ( about Najib Razak ) : “The Najib government is increasingly resorting to repressive new laws that are said to protect national security but in practice imperil human rights,” External link

laht Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “With this new law, the Government has spurned checks and assumed potentially abusive powers,” External link

thestar-my Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:34:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

dailytimesPK Monday, August 1, 2016 3:30:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security,” External link

scmp Monday, August 1, 2016 11:25:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

digitaljournal Monday, August 1, 2016 10:34:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is good reason to fear that the act will be yet another tool in the hands of the government to crack down on peaceful protests under the guise of national security," External link

afp-en Monday, August 1, 2016 9:40:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Sadly, he could preside over the highest number of executions in the country's democratic era at a time when most of the world has turned its back on this cruel practice," External link

aljazeera-en Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:07:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Joko Widodo ) : "President Widodo's era was supposed to represent a new start for human rights in Indonesia. Sadly, he could preside over the highest number of executions in the country's democratic era at a time when most of the world has turned its back on this cruel practice," External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said ( about Zulfiqar Ali ) : "As the case of Zulfiqar Ali shows, international law has been repeatedly violated in death penalty cases, from the time of arrest, throughout the trial, and at appeal stage. Regardless of what we think of the death penalty, no one must have their life decided on the basis of such flawed proceedings," "The international community should be alarmed by the revival of executions, and other countries should speak up for those facing the death penalty in Indonesia" External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "There is no evidence to support President Widodo's position. The death penalty does not deter crime. Carrying out executions will not rid Indonesia of drugs. It is never the solution, and it will damage Indonesia's standing in the world," "If President Widodo is serious about claiming a place for Indonesia on the world stage and as a leader for the region, he cannot ignore its human rights obligations. The first step towards that must be a moratorium on executions with a view to ridding Indonesia of the unjust punishment once and for all" External link

refworld Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:42:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “President Widodo’s era was supposed to represent a new start for human rights in Indonesia,” External link

MaltaToday Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:54:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” External link

asiantribune Wednesday, June 22, 2016 4:16:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

ibtimes-in Monday, June 20, 2016 12:16:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Instead of deploying these crude intimidation tactics that could put the lives of men, women and children at risk, the Indonesian authorities should come together to allow them to disembark safely so the UN Refugee Agency can interview them," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Indonesia risks squandering the good will it generated when it provided assistance last year to hundreds of refugees and migrants who had been stranded on the Andaman Sea. In contrast to what happened in May 2015, developments this week invite comparisons with other countries that have a notorious record of setting desperate people adrift and at risk of death on the high seas," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The immigration office and security forces in Aceh are flouting the authority of their own Vice President and not letting the UNHCR do its job. Consistent standards must be applied across the board, with all Indonesian authorities working together with recognized international bodies," External link

refworld Monday, June 20, 2016 10:31:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "The immigration office and security forces in Aceh are flouting the authority of their own Vice President and not letting the UNHCR do its job. Consistent standards must be applied across the board, with all Indonesian authorities working together with recognized international bodies," External link

colombopage Friday, June 17, 2016 8:40:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia," External link

refworld Friday, June 17, 2016 12:33:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

colombopage Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:50:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

dailymirror Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:58:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

thejakartaglobe Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:46:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people’s right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : “We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia,” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:23:00 AM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "Refugees and asylum-seekers frequently travel without identity documents, as often these documents are either difficult to obtain or get lost during the journey. This has no consequence on these people's right to seek asylum. UNHCR should be allowed to register them immediately," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "We are calling on the Indonesian authorities to adopt a consistent approach in these cases. Last year Indonesia won much acclaim for providing refugees and migrants with much-needed assistance during the Andaman Sea boat crisis. It will be a grave injustice if people seeking international protection had their right to seek asylum ignored in Indonesia," External link

colombopage Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:49:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "A travel ban on critics will mark a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent," External link

reuters-in Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:47:00 PM EAT

Josef Benedict said : "A travel ban on critics will mark a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent," External link

reuters Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
directeur38.71%FR08/25/201725/08/2017
director12.90%EN08/25/201725/08/2017
vice-directeur6.45%FR08/07/201607/08/2016
head25.81%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
deputy director16.13%EN07/28/201628/07/2016
Names Lang Count
Josef BenedictEN82.99%
Josef BenedictFR14.97%
Josef BenedictPT2.04%


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