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Indonesia: OEMs Face Human Rights Issues With Indonesian Tin

Pressure is mounting on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to re-examine their supply chains in an effort to stop procuring tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia. Questions about the use of Indonesian tin comes in the wake of recent research that suggests dangerous tin mining practices have caused deaths and environmental...

Thailand: Natural Fruit launches fresh defamation charges against Andy Hall

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has filed more criminal defamation charges against British human rights campaigner Andy Hall, in relation to a recent Youtube video posted by NGO Finnwatch. The video, published on Sep. 18, features comments about the Thai company’s labor practices and features Andy Hall, Natural Fruit workers, European...

Malaysia: Police were brutal, say Kg Hakka victims

KUALA LUMPUR: About 30 villagers from Kampung Hakka, Mantin gathered at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today to hand over a memorandum on claims that the Mantin police officers were brutal and bias towards them. Prior to that, this morning they also handed a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission...

Burma needs transparency extracting natural resources

Burma/Myanmar has been congratulated for its transformation under the quasi-civilian government including some political and legislative reforms. Regarding such changes, wide-ranging economic sanctions are being lifted.   In addition, President U Thein Sein turned out to be the first head of state of Myanmar to allow visiting the White...

Myanmar: Locals protest Latpadaung mine resumption

Nearly 150 local residents from villages around the Latpadaung area held a protest on Friday as mining activities recommenced at a controversial copper mine project in Sagaing division. Speaking to DVB, some of the demonstrators including Buddhist monks said that gunpowder explosions marked the resumption of the Chinese-backed project which was...

Myanmar: Stop arresting farmers, says 88 Generation

By arresting and sentencing so many farmers and activists for protesting land grabs, Burmese authorities are affecting the stability of the state, warned the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society. At a press conference held at the 88 Generation office in Rangoon on Friday, various speakers complained about land seizures...

Myanmar: Locals not consulted on resettlement plan for Thilawa SEZ project, says DRDO

Local residents who will be displaced by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project say they were forced to sign the SEZ resettlement action plan without knowing its contents. “They ordered us to sign the RAP. But we don’t know what data is included in the RAP,” a local...

Cambodia: Land-titling process ‘urgent’, Oxfam says

Accelerating the mapping and titling of rural farmland should be an “urgent” priority of the government and civil society, particularly when it comes to protecting indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights, Oxfam representatives said yesterday. The remarks followed the release of an EU-funded survey of rural communities’ perceptions of their land...

Democratic Voice of Burma: Irrawaddy villagers protest over fishing rights

Some 150 villagers gathered on Tuesday morning in central Burma’s Irrawaddy division to protest a government scheme they say is preventing them from fishing in local ponds to earn a livelihood. The villagers from Ma-ubin, some 25 miles west of Rangoon, are demanding the right to fish freely in local...

Myanmar: Over 2,000 migrant workers file labor grievances

U Sein Htay, leader of the Migrant Worker Rights Network, announced on14 October that over 2,000 Myanmar workers based in Mahachai,Thailand, have filed workplace complaints within the past year. U Sein Htay reported this figure at a workshop on migration and mediaheld in Yangon. Workers have citedissues such as physical injury,...