Weekly Roundup Episode 20

The AHRC releases today the 20th Episode, of the Human Rights Asia Weekly Roundup

In this week’s programme we bring you coverage of the following stories from across Asia.

As we approach International Women’s Day, we will bring you stories from around Asia on how women’s human rights are trampled on by severe inequalities, entrenched patriarchal cultures and violence. This week we bring you stories from Nepal, Bangladesh and Hong Kong, on the abuse of Dalit, dowry and domestic workers respectively, and next week we continue International Women’s Day focus with stories from other parts of Asia.

A fact-finding report has been released about the Cambodian government crackdown which killed four and injured many more during the garment worker demonstrations in early January. The AHRC joined the fact-finding mission to find out what triggered the demonstrations and the crackdown.

In Pakistan, the historic Long March has reached Islamabad after over 100 days of marching from Quetta, via Karachi. Relatives of the Balochi disappeared and extra-judicially killed demand justice and an end to the state violence in their state.

Two men have been tortured and shot by police in West Sumatra, Indonesia. The men were accused of theft despite witnesses placing them at work in a factory during the time of the theft.

Lastly, thousands of journalists and members of the general public marched in Hong Kong to protest against the brutal knife attack of the former chief editor of Ming Pao newspaper. The demonstrators linked the attack with a general effort by Beijing to try to influence the independence of Hong Kong’s vibrant media landscape.

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