India: Mining Industry Out of Control

India: Mining Industry Out of Control

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Asia, Business, Development | No Comments

Published in: Human Rights Watch Breakdown of Government Oversight Harms Communities, Fuels Corruption (Panaji) – India’s government has failed to enforce key human rights and environmental safeguards in the country’s mining industry, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 70-page report, “Out of Control: Mining, Regulatory Failure and Human Rights in India,” […]

Pakistan: Investigate Plot to Kill Leading Rights Activist

Pakistan: Investigate Plot to Kill Leading Rights Activist

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Asia, NGOs and Civil Society | No Comments

Published in: Human Rights Watch Former UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir at Risk (New York) – The Pakistani government should investigate allegations that elements in the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies have plotted to kill the prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Watch said. Jahangir made the allegation in a television interview on […]

Tiananmen anniversary: China arrests activists

Tiananmen anniversary: China arrests activists

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Asia, CPR Rights, Freedom and Privacy | No Comments

Published in: BBC China has arrested activists and placed others under increased surveillance to stop them from marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Searches on social media sites have also been restricted to try to prevent any reference to the 1989 events. The foreign ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction” over a call from the […]

Thailand: Internet Trial a Major Setback for Free Speech

Thailand: Internet Trial a Major Setback for Free Speech

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Asia, CPR Rights, Press Freedom | No Comments

Published in Human Rights Watch Web Manager Convicted for Failing to Remove Lese Majeste Content (New York) – The conviction of a prominent website manager on computer crimes charges highlights the Thai government’s growing misuse of laws intended to protect the monarchy. Imposing a prison sentence adds to the climate of fear and self-censorship in […]

China: EU Rights Talks Sliding Toward Irrelevance

China: EU Rights Talks Sliding Toward Irrelevance

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Asia, CPR Rights, ESC Rights | No Comments

Published in Human Rights Watch Empty Rhetoric Betrays Lack of Strategy (Brussels) – The European Union needs to hold China accountable for its human rights obligations under international law or face the prospect that its human rights dialogue with the world’s second largest economy will become irrelevant, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU and China […]

Migrant Workers: Responsible Recruitment and Fair Hiring Practices  to Combat Trafficking in South Asia

Migrant Workers: Responsible Recruitment and Fair Hiring Practices to Combat Trafficking in South Asia

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Asia, Business, Migrants | No Comments

Executive Summary The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Verité  co-convened a  multi-stakeholder roundtable on responsible recruitment and fair hiring to combat human trafficking in South Asia in Delhi on 13th March 2012. This event brought together senior representatives of global brands, the recruitment industry in the region, local and international NGOs, and […]

India: UN Members Should Act to End Caste Discrimination

India: UN Members Should Act to End Caste Discrimination

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Asia | No Comments

Human Rights Watch More than 260 Million Affected Worldwide (Geneva) – United Nations member states should make ending caste-based discrimination a priority when they review India’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council in late May 2012. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of India at the Human Rights Council is scheduled for May […]

Asia-Pacific cannot afford to grow without addressing environmental concerns – UN

Asia-Pacific cannot afford to grow without addressing environmental concerns – UN

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Asia, Development, Environment | No Comments

UN News Centre Countries in the Asia-Pacific region must find ways to continue to grow economically and lift millions out of poverty while also responding to climate change and environmental concerns, according to a United Nations report released today, which stresses that new methods of production are needed to meet this goal. “The world’s common […]

Statement on Chen Guangcheng

Statement on Chen Guangcheng

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Asia, ESC Rights | No Comments

Published in: Human Rights First, May 5, 2012 Washington, DC – Human Rights First is hopeful that the Chinese Government will allow Mr. Chen and his family to come to New York as the reported agreement between American and Chinese officials stipulates. “The fact that Mr. Chen looked to the United States for help and […]

China: Beijing’s ‘Assurances’ on Chen Guangcheng Must Be Monitored

China: Beijing’s ‘Assurances’ on Chen Guangcheng Must Be Monitored

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Asia, CPR Rights | No Comments

Published in: Human Rights Watch, May 2, 2012 Chen, Family Members, and Activists Remain at Risks (New York) – Chinese government assurances to the US government about Chen Guangcheng may be insufficient to protect him and his family from a resumption of abuses and persecution they have suffered for extended periods at the hands of […]

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