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Malaysia police abuse suspects, lack accountability - rights body | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s police force suffers from a glaring lack of accountability that leads to abuse of suspects and hampers its performance, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.<p>Police Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) prepare to charge at protesters on a street near Dataran …

Chinese police detain 39 in new Mongol unrest: rights group | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police detained at least 39 ethnic Mongol herders protesting over land rights in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, a U.S.-based rights group said on Thursday, in the latest incident of unrest in the coal-rich region.<p>The protests in Inner Mongolia are the …

Rights group says Central African Republic militias massacre men, boys

Christian militia fighters killed at least 72 Muslim men and boys in two attacks in a remote southwestern corner of the strife-torn Central African Republic, rights group Human Rights Watch said Thursday.<p>The attacks in the village of Guen, which occurred in February, came to light after the rights …

Clean air should be a human right

Health warnings on air pollution should not be seen as isolated incidents (Editorial, 3 April). In recent years we have seen rates of major respiratory illnesses increase and in London alone an extra 4,000 premature deaths occur each year as a result of poor air quality. The European commission …

Narendra Modi as prime minister would roll back women's rights in India

India's general election begins next week, and Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the rightwing Bharatiya Janata party, is said to have a good chance of winning. If this happens, Modi's political party and other member organisations of the Sangh Parivar family of Hindu right …

Documents reveal extent of Shell and Rio Tinto lobbying in human rights case

The extent of lobbying conducted by Shell and Rio Tinto in seeking legal support from the UK government to dismiss allegations of human rights abuses has been revealed in internal memorandums released by the Foreign Office (pdf).<p>The documents, obtained by the Corporate Responsibility Coalition …

Civil Rights Museum Reopens

Civil Rights

Progress on LGBT rights for the next generation – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

Political change can be grindingly slow and difficult to entrench, but when it comes to LGBT rights we can unequivocally say that over the 13 years …

Bangladesh police clash with garment workers protesting over wages

Police in Bangladesh used batons, rubber bullets and teargas on Wednesday to quell continuing protests by garment workers demanding higher wages for making cheap clothes for export to Europe and the United States.<p>The booming garment industry in the poor and unstable south Asian state made headlines …

Factories ablaze as Bangladesh workers rally

Thousands of workers in Bangladesh have protested to demand a $100-a-month minimum wage, forcing hundreds of garment factories to shut down for the day.<p>Workers took to the streets for a third day on Monday, blocking major roads and attacking vehicles in the Gazipur and Savar industrial zones, on …

What BBC's Panorama didn't say about workers in Bangladesh

The BBC's recent Panorama investigation, Dying for a Bargain, brought welcome attention to the issue of workers' rights in the Bangladesh garment sector, where more than 1,100 people recently died in the collapse of a garment factory at Rana Plaza. It rightly pointed out that up to a million people …

Clothing

Haiti's garment industry: a lost cause, or ready to change?

Nearly four years after the earthquake with aid agencies having poured billions of dollars into relief projects, the stability of Haiti's garment industry seems to be hanging by a thread.<p>Haiti's garment industry is focused on low-end apparel clothing and cranking out plain T-shirts for North …

Sustainability

Bangladesh garment factory fire in Gazipur kills workers

A fire on Tuesday at a garment factory outside Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, has killed at least 10 people.<p>Fire official Zafar Ahmed said 10 bodies were found inside the four-storey building housing the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur.<p>Journalist Iqbal Ahmed said the fire occurred when the factory …

Can fashion companies use technology to connect with supply chain workers?

In a post-Rana Plaza world, one can only wonder how best to gauge the ethics and worker safety behind our garment-manufacturing industry. The goliath that the fashion industry has become begs the question whether it's even possible to ensure suppliers do the right thing.<p>Many of the Rana Plaza …

Sustainability

Bangladesh garment workers set for 77% pay rise

Factory owners who initially opposed demands for higher minimum wage agree to increase after PM's intervention<p>Wages for Bangladeshi garment factory workers are set to rise after owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77% increase in the minimum wage.<p>The powerful businessmen who run many of the …

Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Workers in Bangladesh’s garment industry finally have some good news to celebrate. After several days of violent protests that forced the closure of …

Cambodian police shoot and kill protesters during national strike by garment workers

Cambodian police opened fire on garment workers protesting in the capital Phnom Penh on Friday, killing at least three people. The workers were part of a national strike to demand higher wages.<p>A police spokesman said officers intervened after nine policemen were injured by stones and …

Cambodia's garment workers needled by low wages and poor conditions

Khmom, 19, is one of the estimated 400,000 factory workers toiling in Cambodia's garment factories, the country's biggest export earner. She recently lost her job at a factory in the capital, Phnom Penh, after taking time off to look after her two-year old daughter, who clings silently to her …

Gap, Levi's send letter to Cambodia government after deadly crackdown on garment workers - Behind the Storefront - MarketWatch

Getty Images<p>Cambodian soldiers patrol along a street in Phnom Penh on January 4, 2014.<p>Cambodia’s garment industry could be a headache for apparel …

Sewing as Protest: Why You Should Care About Garment Worker Struggles

On Friday Jan 17, in the shadow of giant retailer H&M’s Times Square store, I wore a bloodstained shirt and surgical mask and began working behind a …

Cambodian garment workers' battle for labour rights deserves our support

People in the UK must voice their disapproval of the intolerable conditions facing textile workers in Cambodia and Bangladesh<p>Last month, some of us will have unwrapped a new scarf, some running shoes or perhaps an old fashioned Christmas jumper. But few of us in the UK would have been aware that on …

Bangladesh garment factories still exploiting child labour for UK products

ITV undercover documentary finds girls as young as 13 forced to work 11 hours a day in unsafe conditions, despite factory collapse last year that killed 1,130<p>Bangladesh garment factories producing clothes for British retailers are forcing girls as young as 13 to work up to 11 hours a day in …

Improving conditions for women workers has a domino effect

The world's clothes are mostly made by women. Typically, these workers are young, with limited education and live in developing countries. It has been well documented that working conditions across garment industries are in much need of improvement. Yet these jobs are important. In their world, …

Gender

Bangladesh's Garment Factories Still Unsafe for Workers, Says Report

Overloaded ceilings, exposed cables, too few fire alarms and sprinklers, and locked emergency exits are just a few of the hazards that international …

How The World Has Changed Since Rana Plaza

TODAY, where once the Rana Plaza building stood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a pile of twisted metal and concrete rubble sits unmoved since the day of its …

Dying for Some New Clothes: Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza Tragedy

If the world wants an image that sums up the true cost of supplying big-name retailers with cheap, fast fashion, it only has to ponder the horrifying …

Rana Plaza factory disaster: victims still waiting for compensation

Six months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Bangladesh, more than 15 brands whose clothes were produced there have yet to agree to pay long-term compensation to injured workers or the families of the 1,129 people who died.<p>The Clean Clothes Campaign, an international …