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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Stop Saudi Executions: Asian Women Migrant Workers on Death Row

The government of Saudi Arabia should impose a moratorium on executions until all death penalty cases are independently reviewed, Human Rights Watch said. The review should also examine practices of the justice and interior ministries that may have violated basic
due process rights of Saudi citizens and foreigners sentenced to death.

HC sets Aug 22 deadline for ASI to submit excavation report

Rejecting Archaeological Survey of India's plea for three month extension to complete excavation in Ayodhya, the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court today granted it five more weeks for the purpose and asked it to submit its final report by August 22.

Asia warned of AIDS catastrophe

China, India and Cambodia could face an AIDS "catastrophe" as the HIV virus spreads deeper into parts of Asia where health controls are weak, the US-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) says.

Sri Lanka remands 254 Pakistan men in people smuggling racket

Sri Lankan authorities have foiled a major people smuggling racket with the arrest of 254 Pakistani men and five Lankans who tried to illegally leave the island and head for Europe.

Red Cross hopeful Myanmar will let it see Suu Kyi

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday it was optimistic Myanmar's military rulers would allow it to meet detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Govt. rules out A9 passage for troops, hires passenger vessel

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The government chartered a private passenger vessel at enormous cost in a bid to overcome overwhelming transport problems faced by troops stationed in the Jaffna peninsula.

LTTE ignores SLMM call for removal of camp in cleared area

by Kesara Abeywardena

The LTTE continues to ignore the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission’s ruling against a camp it is constructing in the government-controlled area of Kinniya in Trincomalee.

33 security personnel killed by LTTE since MoU

by Kalinga Weerakkody

The number of security personnel assassinated by the LTTE after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government last year now stands at 33.

UNHCR agrees to Thai conditions on Myanmar refugees

The government won backing from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for its tough stance on Myanmar refugees, with the UN body agreeing to expel over 1,500 Myanmar refugees currently resident in Bangkok to the border areas.

Burmese Dissidents: Exiles to be moved to border camps

by Rungrawee C Pinyorat, & Piyanart Srivalo

The 1,600 Burmese with permanent exile status living mostly in Bangkok will be rounded up and housed indefinitely in border camps to prevent their acting against Thailand's sovereign and security interests.

PM shown photos of 'healthy' Suu Kyi

Burmese special envoy Khin Maung Win told Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday that Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not confined in "deplorable conditions" at the notorious Insein Prison as reported - and brought photos to prove it.

Jailed Journalists: Laos open to diplomatic negotiation

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Laos has left open political and diplomatic channels to foreign concerns over its jailing of two European journalists and their Hmong-American translator, a Vientiane official said.

India to explore for oil, gas off Mauritius

India and Mauritius have agreed to cooperate in exploration of oil and gas in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Indian Ocean nation and for the Indian Navy to assist in the surveillance of the EEZ.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong SAR Administration Should Respond Now and Scrap Article 23 Legislation

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) renews its earlier demand to the administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to drop its proposed national security laws to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-Constitution.

More than 500,000 persons affected by AIDS in the Arab states

Among the 42 million persons suffering from AIDS in the world, 500,000 are in the Arab states, the United Nations Development Program said in a report.