Labour rights

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 […]

UPDATE (Burma): Villagers given six-months’ jail term for alleging forced labour

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received news from the Yoma-3 news service that on 7 October 2004 the Henzada Township Court convicted U Ohn Myint and Ko Khin Zaw for criminal defamation after they had attempted to take complaints of forced labour to the courts. The same court threw out the […]

SRI LANKA: A man tortured and prosecuted with false charges by the Samanalaweva Police Post

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man named Heeralu Mohottalalage Punchi Banda (39) was illegally arrested and tortured by the Sub Inspector (S.I.) Dhammika Bandara of Samanalaweva Police Post in Balangoda on 26 August 2004. Due to brutal torture, the victim still suffers from severe pain on his […]

UPDATE (Burma): Another complaint registered against local authorities in Henzada Township

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received new documentation from the Burma Lawyers’ Council, Thailand showing that another villager in Henzada Township, Ayeyawaddy Division, Burma has lodged a complaint of forced labour against the local authorities. The complaint follows an earlier complaint by two villagers, which relates to the same incident, in […]

BURMA: Complaints against forced labour blocked and victims punished

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received detailed documentary evidence and additional information from the Burma Lawyers’ Council indicating that persons in Burma attempting to take complaints of forced labour to the courts, in accordance with national law, are being obstructed and themselves accused of defaming the authorities. In this Urgent Appeal, […]

SRI LANKA: Brutal force used to disperse unarmed and peaceful workers

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mount Lavinia police severely assaulted numerous Bata Shoe Company workers in Colombo on 12 August 2004, to break up a 52-day long protest. Male and female workers were seriously injured in the police assault, after which the police arbitrarily arrested 13 of them. […]

PAKISTAN: A young woman killed by her husband on the pretext of honour killing

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 30-year-old woman named Ms. Hidayat was allegedly killed by her husband, Mr. Momin Ali Mahar in Dal village, Lakhi Ghulam Shah Town, Shikarpur District, Sindh Province, Pakistan on 29 February 2004. The case was registered at the Chak Police Station. However, a human […]

SRI LANKA: 73 workers are on the street while the company director ignores the law

Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is gravely concerned about the situation of 73 workers of the Jewelarts International in Maithree Mawatha, Ekala, Sri Lanka. According to the information we have received, the managing director closed the factory with the support of the police on 6 May 2002 without any prior approval of […]

THAILAND: Abuse of workers rights by the Siriwat Garment Factory in Mae Sot

THAILAND: Labour slavery; Inhumane working conditions ———————————————————————————————————- Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the Siriwat Garment Factory employer abused at least 75 Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand, who were forced to work under inhumane conditions. Half of the workers have been fired and the employer underpaid all […]

PHILIPPINES: Nestle workers under siege

Dear Friends BACKGROUND INFORMATION: On 23 June 2003 more than 300 security guards at the Nestle plant in Cabuyao, Laguna, the Philippines, together with 200 personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and hired assistants, attacked the Nestle workers who have been on strike since 14 January 2001. Under the banner of the United Filipro […]

CAMBODIA: Riots and violent confrontation over Labour disputes

CAMBODIA: Riots and violent confrontation over Labour disputes Riot police in Cambodia seriously assaulted the labour rights of workers on 13 June 2003 when they fired into a crowd of several hundred demonstrators who were airing their grievances over pay, the sacking of a union member and other labour issues. The violence resulted in the […]

SRI LANKA: Workers Rights – Korean Factory Closes in Sri Lanka

SITUATION: Complaint Against Young Seok, Song (Y.S. Song). Tel number in Korea: Tel:+82-2-2272-4340 Tel/Fax:+82-2-545-1031 Name of the factory in Sri Lanka – Young Jee & Ones Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. HEADQUARTERS – KOTRA: Relocation date : June 1, 1999 New Address : 300-9, Yumgok-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea Tel.(rep) : (82-2) 3460-7114 Fax.(rep) : (82-2) 3460-7777 Information […]

UPDATE (INDIA): Jesuits belligerent in the face of moral hunger fast

Dear Friends  Two weeks without food are beginning to pay a toll on Fr. Pallath’s health, but he remains committed to continuing his action until he finds justice. It is difficult to comprehend that the Jesuit leaders of Kerala are refusing to give anything in the face of this strong moral protest. Perhaps they think […]

UPDATE (INDIA): Fr. Pallath begins indefinite hunger strike

Dear Friends,  We are forwarding you the first updates of Fr Pallath’s hunger strike for justice, provided by EES Calicut. We will keep you updated on this case as the events unfold in coming days and weeks, in the hope that you will continue any efforts you may be able to make on Fr. Pallath’s […]

Support Fr. Pallath’s hunger strike for justice

Support Fr. Pallath’s hunger strike for justice  JESUIT ORDER IN KERALA – Physical assault, slander through gutter press, filing of fabricated criminal cases, denial of right to livelihood  ——————————————————————–  The latest update of this appeal is available at the following link: Jesuits belligerent in the face of moral hunger strike  Fr. Pallath, after a long […]