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Clothes on your back: Inside Cambodia’s garment industry

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—Neang Seap and his wife, Em Mom, arrived in Phnom Penh bearing the lacerating wounds that mark Cambodia’s rural migrants. Evicted by the Khmer Rouge in the late ’70s from his village in the country’s eastern zone, Neang was part of the long forced march west, ending...

INDONESIA: Attacks on workers are attacks on democracy — labour activist

An interview with Said Iqbal, President of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Union (Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia, KSPI) published by the Asian Human Rights Commission. Can you tell us about the recent national labour strike and protest in Indonesia? What are the demands of the workers? On the 31st of October...

Singapore’s Exploited Immigrant Workers

For Zahir (not his real name), the wealthy city-state of Singapore was meant to be his chance to make it rich. The Bangladeshi was so convinced it would be worth his while to move there that he paid $8,000 to a training center in his home country for placement...

Weekly Overview: Thai Fishery Organisations Collaborate to Address Labour Issues

ANALYSIS - In this week's news, the Board of Trade of Thailand has joined force with eight associations and Charoen Pokphand Foods to create the “Thai Fishery Producers Coalition” (TFPC), which will work on addressing labour issues and work against illegal child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in...

Cambodia: ILO calls for protection of union leaders

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged authorities in Cambodia to protect trade union leaders following a clash between striking garment workers and armed forces earlier this week, where a woman was killed. "The ILO country office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR also demands that competent national authorities take...

Thailand may be removed from US watch list: Labour permanent secretary

Permanent Secretary for Labour Ministry Jirasak Sukhonthachart said Tuesday that the US government was pleased with Thailand's on-going efforts to eradicate human trafficking and may remove Bangkok from its second-tier watch list of human trafficking countries. Jirasak said he had learnt of the latest US stand toward Thailand from Kristina...

Indonesia: Protests over Minimum Wage Rage On

Thousands of workers rallied outside City Hall on Thursday as they once again protested against the Jakarta administration’s decision to ignore their demands for a higher minimum wage. The protest, joined by some 13,000 workers across the Greater Jakarta area, followed a series of demonstrations in recent months by workers...

Rohingya refugees being ‘held in secret Thai jungle camps and sold to human traffickers’

A special correspondent for the South China Morning Post has been led to a secret refugee camp deep in the Thai jungle, where an escapee said about 1,500 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar are being hidden in appalling conditions. The former detainee said at least 16 people had died and many...

Singapore: Think Centre International Human Rights Day 2013

Think Centre calls for the protection and promotion of human rights for every individual in Singapore as we commemorate International Human Rights Day 2013. The United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to establish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the...

UN Envoy Commends Malaysia’s Minimum Wage Adoption

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday commended the adoption of minimum wage in Malaysia, which it says could help to ensure a higher standard of living for the working poor across the country. UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Olivier De Schutter...