NEW ZEALAND: ANZ workers picket cricket international

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 27 October 2014 Source: New Zealand Herald Type: News Keywords: workers, trade union ANZ workers and their union picketed an international cricket match sponsored by the bank today in the face of proposed changes to their collective agreement. Workers handed out lollies, stickers and leaflets to cricket fans as they entered Seddon Park in Hamilton to watch the Black Caps take on South Africa in the Labour Day match. Maxine Gay, retail and finance secretary of First Union, said (...) Read more >>

NEW ZEALAND: Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 29 October 2014 Source: Scoop Independent News Type: News Keywords: Media freedom Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua. Local journalists in West Papua, occupied by Indonesia since 1963, are subjected to violence and intimidation, as highlighted during the visit earlier this year by Victor (...) Read more >>

PHILIPPINES: Kin of desaparecidos to Pope Francis: ‘Help us search for our loved ones’

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 3 November 2014 Source: Bulatlat.org Type: News Keywords: Desaparacidos “In the name of God who is just, please grant justice to the missing.” By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Guy Portajada wept as she looked at the photograph of her husband Armando Portajada Sr. who was abducted on July 31, 1987. For 27 years, Guy and her family have never stopped hoping they would find Armando. On Nov. 2, Guy and other families of desaparecidos gathered together at Plaza Miranda, lit (...) Read more >>

PHILIPPINES: ‘Military attacks those who protect the environment’

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 30 October 2014 Source: Bulatlat.org Type: News Keywords: Environmental defenders, human rights “It is not true that soldiers on the ground are after rebels. They are really after civilians who are protecting their ancestral domains.” – Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of Kalumaran By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Jude Baggo, public information officer of the Cordillera People’s Alliance, finds it hard to comprehend why those who are at the forefront of the struggle in (...) Read more >>

CAMBODIA: Cambodian Garment Unions Threaten Strike After Wage Demand is Voted Down

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 3 November 2014 Source: Radio Free Asia Type: News Keywords: Cambodia garment workers Cambodian unions have warned of possible strikes after a tripartite working group voted down their demand for a U.S. $40 increase in the monthly minimum wage for garment factory workers . Twenty-seven representatives of unions, factory owners and the government decided in a secret vote in Phnom Penh last week to reject a union demand that the salary be raised from U.S. $100 to U.S. $140. The (...) Read more >>

MYANMAR: Activists Demand Justice for Kachin Woman’s Unsolved Disappearance

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 31 October 2014 Source: Irrawaddy.org Type: News Keywords: Myanmar human right RANGOON — A media whirlwind surrounding the case of a journalist detained and killed by the Burma Army served as a stark reminder of another unsolved mystery: the disappearance of an ethnic Kachin woman named Sumlut Roi Ja at the hands of Burmese soldiers a full three years ago. On Oct. 28, more than 120 civil society organizations from Burma and abroad jointly demanded that the government fully and (...) Read more >>

MYANMAR: Curbs on protesting continue in Myanmar despite legal changes

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 31 October 2014 Source: UCA NEWS Type: News Keywords: Myanmar human rights Robert Sann Aung’s business card tells you all you need to know about the Yangon-based advocate. “6th time former political prisoner [sic],” reads the calling card of the man who defends almost all activists brought to court in Myanmar. He is kept most busy by the country’s 2011 Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law — since the start of 2013, he has taken on 60 cases where people were charged (...) Read more >>

Japanese NGOs’ 10 Recommendations for Revision of Japan’s ODA Charter

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 11 September 2014 Source:Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation Type: News Keywords: Japan ODA We, Japanese NGOs, as civil society organizations that promote international cooperation, are keenly interested in Japan’s Official Development Assistance Charter (hereafter ODA Charter) that defines the principles and the basic policies of international development cooperation carried out by the Government of Japan. Since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) started the (...) Read more >>

Hong Kong activists mark one month of ’umbrella protests’

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 28 October 2014 Source:France International News 24/7 Type: News Keywords: Hong Kong protests Hong Kong democracy activists on Tuesday marked one month of mass protests by unfurling a sea of umbrellas as student leaders called for direct talks with Beijing officials, the first time such a request has been made. At an evening rally at the main protest camp, thousands raised umbrellas to mark the moment a month ago when police fired tear gas at largely peaceful crowds — kickstarting (...) Read more >>

Taiwan journalists feel pressure as elections approach

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date:31 October 2014 Source: Committee to Protect Journalists Type: News Keywords: Press freedom Political tensions are rising in Taiwan ahead of local and municipal elections due at the end of November. The vote is expected to test the popularity of the ruling Kuomintang Party (KMT), which advocates greater integration with China and which earlier this year sparked protests when it tried to pass a new economic cooperation deal with the mainland. The vote also comes as the Taiwanese are (...) Read more >>

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