Labour rights

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 […]

MAY DAY 2002: State violence and repression in Asia

State violence and repression in Asia INDONESIA/MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE/AUSTRALIA: Repression and violence against human rights defenders on May Day 2002 ——————————————————————– Last Wednesday was International Labour Day – the day to remember and continue the struggle for basic human rights for workers around the world. Far too often the efforts of worker activists for justice end in […]

SOUTH KOREA: Continuous oppression of the labor movement

Dear Friends,  We are forwarding the following appeal by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) in South Korea for your urgent solidarity action.  The KCTU president, Mr. Dan Byung-ho, has been held in prison continuously instead of being released, even though the Korean government had promised that he would be released if he served […]

south Korea: More than 100 Trade Unionists Detained

Abbreviations KCTU – Korean Confederation of Trade Unions KMWF – Korean Metal Workers Federation KFPU – Korean Federation of Public Sector Unions KTTU – Korea Telecom Trade Union KFCTU – Korean Federation of Chemical Textile Workers Unions KOFU – Korean Federation of Financial Institute Trade Unions ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate […]

Pakistan: Five Unionists Arrested and Office Demolished

16 April 98 the District management supported by police force demolished the All Pakistan Trade Union Office. The office is located at 114 – Gulberg Road, Industrial Area, Kashmir Road, Gulberg, Lahore. No warning was given by the police. Police aggressively attacked the workers and beaten them when they try to stop the demolition. The […]

SRI LANKA: Sky Sports Lanka Dispute

Dear Friends, Once again thank you for your support, solidarity and actions on the Sky Sport Lanka appeal. Unfortunately this matter is still a long way from resolution, but workers are continuing to fight on. This press release which we are about to issue should update you on the most recent developments. We are planning […]

PHILIPPINES: Twenty six workers and union leaders illegally dismissed in Negros

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding to you an appeal about the illegal dismissal of 26 workers and union leaders of a retail company when union leaders successfully won the election replacing officers allegedly appointed by the company in Negros. The newly elected officers were supposed to represent the rank and […]

PHILIPPINES: Thirty one hospital employees illegally terminated for demanding minimum wage and other rightful benefits

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is forwarding an appeal from a labour union of hospital employees, the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital Employees Union (BOLMSHEU), regarding the illegal termination of 31 of their officers and members. The hospital, the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital, illegally terminated the employment […]