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Ticking Down to the Timor Leste Parliamentary Election
12 June 2007 7:00 pm

Part I: Timor Leste will be holding elections on 30 June 2007 after a successful Presidential Election earlier in April. The fifteen participating political parties have signed a Political Party Accord as a commitment to regulate and streamline their actions in the campaign process prior, during and after Election Day. Part I: The Democratic Republic [ Read more ]

Chinese Firms Use Child Labour to Produce Olympics Gear
7:00 pm

A new report published by NGO coalition Playfair condemns the abusive labour practices of firms creating products for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. These abuses include the use of child workers, some as young as 12, and contradict many of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) standards as well as Chinese labour law. A new report [ Read more ]

Burmese Human Rights Defender Wins the 2007 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
7:00 pm

FORUM-ASIA congratulates Naw Zipporah Sein for winning the 2007 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award in recognition of her leadership in helping ethnic Karen women attain basic human rights. Naw Zipporah Sein's life is witness to the struggle of the Karen ethnic minority against the oppressive Burmese military regime. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and [ Read more ]

Chinese Firms Use Child Labour to Produce Olympics Gear
7:00 pm

A new report published by NGO coalition Playfair condemns the abusive labour practices of firms creating products for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. These abuses include the use of child workers, some as young as 12, and contradict many of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) standards as well as Chinese labour law. A new report [ Read more ]

Malaysia: No Joy for Lina
7:00 pm

After several years of fighting to remove the word “Islam” from her identity card, the Federal court has rejected Lina Joy’s last appeal. This decision reflects the judiciary’s inability to defend the rights of its citizens.  Lina Joy, a Malaysian woman, born Muslim, appealed to the nation’s highest court to officially recognise her conversion to [ Read more ]

Chinese Firms Use Child Labour to Produce Olympics Gear
7:00 pm

A new report published by NGO coalition Playfair condemns the abusive labour practices of firms creating products for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. These abuses include the use of child workers, some as young as 12, and contradict many of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) standards as well as Chinese labour law. A new report [ Read more ]

Sri Lanka: Deporting Tamils, Entrenching Divisions
7:00 pm

Security forces raided lodge houses and forcibly evicted 500 minority Tamils from the capital of Colombo. While the evictions were justified on the basis of "security measures," the government cannot use terrorism as an excuse to violate the rights of its citizens. A furore was ignited in Colombo as hundreds of ethnic minority Tamil were [ Read more ]

Hmong Lao: When Will the Deportations End?
6:57 am

Thailand has repeatedly ignored its international obligations to protect asylum seekers, repatriating 163 Hmong Lao.  The Lao government must stop persecuting this minority group; Thailand must respect the rights of those seeking refugee within their borders. (Bangkok) FORUM-ASIA reiterates its condemnation of the government of Thailand for the forced repatriation of 163 Hmong Lao asylum [ Read more ]

Thailand: Party Dissolution Verdict Intensifies Political Situation
8 June 2007 9:44 am

The Constitutional Tribunal has dissolved the Thai Rak Thai party. This verdict brings the country near turmoil, straining an already tense political situation – questioning the fairness and validity of the ruling.  Last week’s decision to dissolve the Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) brings the country nearer to turmoil, intensifying the political situation in the [ Read more ]

Fury in Rajasthan: Gujjars Seek to be Considered as Scheduled Tribe
9:00 am

Rajasthan teeters on the edge of a caste-based war following the Gujjar community's initiative to change their status from Other Backwards Classes to Scheduled Tribes, a move which is seen as a "demotion" in status. Civil society groups have been silent on the resultant violations to human rights and human dignity that has occurred. Rajasthan has [ Read more ]