Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Saudi Monarch Grants Women the Right to Vote in 2015

Sep 27th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Sunday granted women the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, the biggest change in a decade for women in a puritanical kingdom that practices strict separation of the sexes, including banning women from driving, according to the New York Times. Saudi women, who are legally subject [...]



Social Media Gives Women A Voice In Iran

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Female protesters were beaten, raped and intimidated in a post-election crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Silenced by stigma and fear, these women are now using social media to bear witness to the horror. A young woman is speaking to the camera, her face obscured to prevent her being identified. Her voice heavy with emotion, and [...]



End Forced Labour in Vietnam

Sep 11th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression, uncategorized

In detention centers all over Vietnam, some 40,000 men, women, and children are being held against their will and forced to labour for the Vietnamese government. The victims are held without a hearing or a trial in a court of law in drug detention centers on suspicion of using illegal drugs. Most detainees are picked [...]



Forced Labour Continues under New Government in Chin State, Burma

Sep 7th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Local residents and civil servants have been forced to carry out manual labour in Chin State, Burma under the direct order of Chief Minister Hung Ngai, a report by the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) has said. According to the statement released on September 7, CHRO has documented a series of forced labour and portering [...]



Women Play Equal Role In Revolution In Tunisia

Jan 30th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Female voices rang out loud and clear during massive protests that brought down the authoritarian rule of Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. Women in Tunisia are unique in the Arab world for enjoying near equality with men. And they are anxious to maintain their status. In Tunis, old ladies, young girls and women [...]



Trade Unions May Be Allowed Back Into Burma

Jan 20th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

The Burmese government is set to table new legislation that could allow workers to establish trade unions. The proposal has been welcomed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), which says it’s working with the Burmese government to improve workers’ rights in the impoverished nation. The ILO’s representative in Burma, Steve Marshall, says it’s a significant [...]



Fleeing Violent Husbands Lands Afghan Women in Prison

Jan 4th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Gul Bibi pulls back her light blue scarf to reveal faded tribal tattoos and sad, almond eyes. She has not seen any of her three children, or any other family members, in the five months she has languished in prison. Her “crime”: running away from a husband who viciously beat her throughout their nine-year marriage, [...]



Urgelt Appeal: Nationwide Massive Cracking Down of China Human Rights Defenders

Dec 12th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Appeals, Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Worldwide Urgent Appeal: Beijing: Nationwide Massive Cracking Down of China Human Rights Defenders surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony for Liu Xiaobo (Anybody can feel free to use the following information freely. Contact info for further verification is provided in the end.) Democratic Party of China, of which many members exiled outside of China, issued [...]



A Woman of Courage

Dec 9th, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: International Women's Day 100 Years, Rights in Conflict and Suppression

Presented by Vernie Yocogan-Diano, on behalf of Innabuyog, an alliance of indigenous women’s organizations in the Cordillera, Philippines,  on 9 December 2010 during the Gawad Tanggol Karapatan or Awards for Cordillera human rights defenders by the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance in observance of the International Human Rights Day. Ina (mother) or Alapo (grandmother) Endena Cogasi [...]



Workers are Finding Their Voice to Fight for Rights in China

Nov 22nd, 2010 | By cawinfo | Category: Rights in Conflict and Suppression

In many ways, Lan Yimin represents the new generation of Chinese factory workers. She wants fair working conditions. Time off to socialize. And a job that pays enough so she can open a milk tea business one day. Lan, 22, is one of millions of migrant workers powering the electronics, furniture and toy factories in [...]