Members of the recent Philippines’ House mission to Saudi were shocked to speechlessness by the torrent of tales of cruelty, domestic repression and rape they heard from overseas Filipina domestic workers, writes Walden Bello.
Strict controls are maintained on freedom of expression, assembly and association in Malaysia, observes Human Rights Watch in its annual review.
Employers must pay all medical costs of workers especially for work-related accident or occupational diseases, insist 58 local and regional civil society groups.
A campaign dubbed MyOverseas Vote has been launched calling on the Election Commission to register all overseas voters.
All of us need to be constantly vigilant and to have inter-agency networking and support to ensure the protection and well being of children. Directly or indirectly, children depend on us for their safety and well being, writes Prema Devaraj.
Think Centre, Singapore’s pioneering political association, has called on the Singapore government to remake Singapore into a first-class human rights defender in commemoration of International Human Rights Day last year.
Three international NGOs have expressed grave concern over the actions of Thai security personnel who forced at least 166 refugees back to Burma on Christmas Day 2010.
The National Union of Journalists is disappointed that the Utusan Malaysia’s domestic inquiry (DI) for NUJ president Ha’ta Wahari scheduled for a day (17 January 2010) did not materialise.
Civil society groups in Malaysia have written to the authorities, urging them not to go ahead with their proposed – and already deferred – release of genetically modified mosquitoes.