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Malaysia: 7 More Cabin Crew Suspended, Says Nufam

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has suspended another seven cabin crew members for posting comments on the union's Facebook page, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) said. MAS had earlier suspended and subsequently sacked its chief steward and Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin over his call for MAS CEO...

Singapore: Handling of riot aftermath exposes national laws and practices that violate international standards

On the night of 8 December 2013, an unfortunate fatal accident sparked off a spontaneous outbreak of rioting by migrant workers in Singapore. At least 28 persons involved in the act had been incriminated and are currently facing trial in the local courts of justice. Another 57 workers were...

Amid Cambodia protests, UN rights expert appeals for calm, urges meaningful talks’

Dec 30, 2013 (Menafn - M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Cambodian authorities to continue to exercise restraint amid daily demonstrations in the capital of Phnom Penh, while also praising the increasing democratic space allowing people to comfortably express themselves in...

Cambodia: Detainees In Crackdown Denied Rights, Claims HRW

The Cambodian authorities should protect the rights of 23 people arrested after a violent crackdown by security forces on striking garment workers in Phnom Penh on January 2- 3, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities detained the group incommunicado and without medical care at the remote CC3 prison...

Cambodia: UN Rights Envoy Plans Visit in Wake of Deadly Shootings

PHNOM PENH — The UN’s human rights envoy to Cambodia will make a six-day visit to the country, following deadly shootings last week on striking workers. The envoy, Surya Subedi, said in a statement the upcoming visit was part of his ongoing assessment of Cambodia’s rights environment. Subedi said he hopes...

UN wants inquiry into strikers’ deaths in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) — The U.N. human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the "disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay. Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan. 3 and...

What’s Happening in Cambodia? VOA Speaks with Activist and Analyst Ou Virak

PHNOM PENH — In recent weeks the Cambodia government has cracked down on striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, as well as political opposition groups who accuse the ruling party of rigging the last election. Gatherings of protesters are now banned after clashes with police...

At least three dead in crackdown on Cambodian strike

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian police opened fire on protesting garment workers Friday, leaving at least three people dead, as the kingdom's strongman premier faced growing public anger on the streets of the capital. Striking workers armed with sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails clashed with rifle-wielding police in the Veng Sreng factory...

Activists seek justice for RI worker in HK ‘slavery’ case

The governments of Indonesia and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region must launch a fair investigation into the alleged torture of 23-year-old Indonesian migrant worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih by her employer in Hong Kong, activists and workers say. According to local media reports, Erwiana — who is now undergoing medical treatment...

Human rights: Cambodia and Laos; elections in Bangladesh; LGBTI rights;

The EP passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, voicing concern at the situation of rights defenders and opposition activists in Cambodia, and demanding clarifications on the investigation into the Sombath Somphone case in Laos; calling for an immediate halt to the repression in Bangladesh; and condemning the threats, discrimination...