Labour rights

PHILIPPINES: Three workers injured in a violent dispersal in Rosario, Cavite

PHILIPPINES: Torture; unfair labour practices; violence against women; excessive use of force in dispersal of protest; denial of medical treatment; arbitrary use of authority by police; possible delay in adjudication of cases —————————————————— Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about a violent dispersal of workers protesting inside the Cavite […]

INDIA: Slavery flourishing under police protection in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh State

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from our local partner, the Peoples’ Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), about bonded labour – effectively slavery – being practiced by brick kiln owners in Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh state, India. Dozens of families have reportedly been bought for small amounts of money […]

NEPAL: Supreme Court ruling on the Royal Commission for Corruption Control and the release of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba welcomed

Statement | Nepal | 14-02-2006

The Asian Human Rights Commission welcomes the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday February 13, 2006, which declared the controversial Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) unconstitutional and ordered it to be scrapped immediately. This has paved the way for the release of ousted Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who had […]

UPDATE (Bangladesh): Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in Chapainawabganj

[RE: UP-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Three persons tortured by the Chapainawabganj police; UA-041-2006: BANGLADESH: Eight people killed and at least one hundred injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district; UA-013-2006: BANGLADESH: Two people killed and thirty-five injured by police fire in Chapainawabganj district] ———————————– UP-016-2006: BANGLADESH: Three detained and tortured leaders have been released from prison in […]

UPDATE (Burma): Supreme Court summarily rejects Su Su Nwe case

[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 […]

PHILIPPINES: Labour leader and his family face serious threats; three other labourers tortured by the military in Bulacan, Luzon

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is appalled by the serious threats made against the life of labour union leader, Enrico Estarez and his family. The threats were allegedly made by military officials Colonel Oliras and several men attached to the 24th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in […]

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, […]