Labour rights

SOUTH KOREA: Police brutality against protesting farmers must end

In recent weeks, there have been numerous protests by Korean farmers against the government’s liberalization policies. These have been dealt with by riot police in a brutal and violent manner, causing severe injuries. One farmer has even died due to the seriousness of his injuries: 43-year-old Jeon Young-Cheol died on November 24, 2005 after being […]

UPDATE (Saudi Arabia/Sri Lanka): Renewed plea for commuting the death sentence of Sri Lankan men to the new King of Saudi Arabia

[RE: UP-43-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Questions remain in Sri Lanka’s willingness to save three of its citizens; UP-39-2005: Three Sri Lankans face imminent execution in Saudi Arabia; UP-38-2005: SAUDI ARABIA/SRI LANKA: Please send a letter to the King of Saudi Arabia urging his intervention to commute the death sentence of three Sri Lankans; UP-34-2005: Death […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Police’s deliberate inaction in a labour case is in violation of court orders

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding 73 workers from the Orex Factory in Ekala, Jaela, Sri Lanka, who were unlawfully dismissed after the owner arbitrarily closed down the factory in 2002. The AHRC previously reported that the owner, Mohamed Mohamed Izzath deprived his workers of the Employees Trust […]

UPDATE (Burma): Villagers released from detention in forced labour case

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the Burma Lawyers’ Council (Thailand) and Yoma-3 news service that U Ohn Myint and Ko Khin Zaw, the two villagers jailed for criminal defamation after they had attempted to take complaints of forced labour to the courts, have been released.  According to the information received, […]

UPDATE (Burma): Latest news on jailing of human rights defender Ma Su Su Nwe

[RE: UA-112-2004: BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished issued on 3 September 2004; UP-11-2005: BURMA: Four officials sentenced to prison for forced labour in Kawmhu Township, Yangon Division; UP-63-2005: BURMA: Local officials seek revenge against villager who obtained first successful forced labour prosecution; UP-68-2005: BURMA: Preliminary hearing against villager who obtained first […]

INDIA: Human rights defender physically assaulted, threatened and detained by government officials

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information through its local partner MASUM in West Bengal that Mr. Gopen Sharma, a human rights activist was illegally detained, threatened and assaulted by the officers at the Block Development Office in Jalangi, Murshidabad District, West Bengal. Mr. Sharma was, at the time of the […]

UPDATE (India): No compensation to family of adivasi, murdered by forest official, despite a four year wait

[Re: UA- 50 -2005: INDIA: Three and a half year wait for justice for the brutal murder of an Adivasi (tribal person) by a forest official in Gujarat] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information on the case of Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava (30), an adivasi who was murdered by an Indian […]

INDIA: Man loses eyesight due to injury while working in paddy fields in Gujarat

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from reliable sources about a sugar cane cutter losing his sight in one eye while working in the paddy fields that come under the Bardoli sugar factory in Surat District, Gujarat, India. In early March 2002, when Somabhai Shambhubhai Kotvalia, an adivasi (tribal person) […]

UPDATE (Burma): ILO clarification on case of villagers complaining about forced labour

[RE: UA-31-2005: BURMA: Local officials set up on forced labour charges to cover for senior military officers; UP-69-2005: BURMA: Villagers lodge second complaint for detention of wrong persons in forced labour case] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received a reply from the International Labour Office (ILO) clarifying the complaints lodged by […]

UPDATE (Burma): Defamation case against villager continues

[RE: UA-112-2004: BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished issued on 3 September 2004; UP-11-2005: Four officials sentenced to prison for forced labour in Kawmhu Township, Yangon Division; UP-63-2005: Local officials seek revenge against villager who obtained first successful forced labour prosecution; UP-68-2005: Preliminary hearing against villager who obtained first successful forced labour […]

PAKISTAN: Arrest of 317 telecom workers following government’s crackdown on workers on strike

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that 317 workers of the Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL), opposed to the government’s decision to privatize the company, have been arrested and detained on mass. The police and military forces have also raided the houses of labor union leaders and arrested their relatives, […]

UPDATE (Burma): Villagers lodge second complaint for detention of wrong persons in forced labour case

Dear friends, According to new information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), villagers in Taunggut Township, Arakan state, Burma have lodged a new complaint with the International Labour Office (ILO) liaison in Rangoon about the detention of some local government officials in a case of alleged forced labour there. As the AHRC reported […]

UPDATE (Burma): Preliminary hearing against villager who obtained first successful forced labour prosecution completed

[RE: UA-112-2004: BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished issued on 3 September 2004; UP-11-2005: BURMA: Four officials sentenced to prison for forced labour in Kawmhu Township, Yangon Division; UP-63-2005: BURMA: Local officials seek revenge against villager who obtained first successful forced labour prosecution] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has […]

UPDATE (Sri Lanka): Dispute between workers and management of G.P. Garments (Pvt) Ltd settled by Board of Investment

Dear _________, Re: INDIA: Murdered adivasi’s family lives in starvation while no action taken regarding his death Name of the victim: Manishbhai Motibhai Vasava, age 30, resident of Katiskuva village, near Tokarvav, Taluka Uchchhal, Surat District, Gujarat, India Place of incident: On the State Highway No. 53, about 1½ kms from Tokarvav village, Taluka Uchchhal, Surat District, […]

SRI LANKA: Threats against union leaders of G.P. Garments (Pvt) Ltd by the factory management and the police

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the chief organiser of the branch of the Progressive Union in G.P. Garments (Pvt) Ltd in the Export Processing Zone, Biyagama, Sri Lanka, was threatened with his life to withdraw his union activities by the Personnel from the Special Task Force of the […]

BURMA: Local officials set up on forced labour charges to cover for senior military officers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from a number of sources that three local government officials in Taunggut township, Arakan state, western Burma, have been arrested for ordering forced labour that was in fact ordered by senior military officers. The arrests follow some important recent developments regarding forced labour in […]

UPDATE (Burma): Four officials sentenced to prison for forced labour in Kawmhu Township, Yangon Division

[RE: UA-112-2004: BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished issued on 3 September 2004] Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is happy to inform you that on 31 January 2005 the Kawmhu Township court sentenced four local officials to prison terms of 8–16 months for using forced labour in public development projects. […]

NEPAL: UN Secretary General’s statement a vital opportunity to end the misery of Nepalese People

Statement | Nepal | 24-12-2004

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) shares the concerns expressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations in his statement on the human rights situation in Nepal. Time and again the AHRC has stressed that regional governments such as India, international governments and bodies such as European Union, national political parties and the King […]

UPDATE (Burma): Victims in criminal defamation case jailed; ILO says trying to resolve matter

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to inform you that the International Labor Organization (ILO) has expressed its concern regarding the imprisonment of two Burmese men who filed forced labour complaints against local officials. The AHRC has issued several urgent appeals on this matter. (UA-112-2004, UP-50-2004, UP-51-2004 and UP-55-2004) In response to the AHRC’s last […]

BURMA: Turning complainants into criminals in Burma

The journey from section 374 to section 500 of the Burmese Penal Code doesn’t take very long. Under section 374, state officials ordering forced labour–which was finally prohibited in 1999–can be subject to complaints in the courts. In principle, an impartial and independent investigation and judicial inquiry should follow. In reality, no impartial and independent […]