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Asia-Pacific ‘Better Poised to Respond to Natural Disasters’

  Human Wrongs Watch 30 October 2014 – Marking a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, a United Nations-backed group of experts agreed this week on core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics.   The Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific met for the first time from 27 to 29 October in Sendai, ...

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‘Brothel Closures in Indonesian Cities Could Put Sex Workers in Danger’

  Human Wrongs Watch Surabaya, 30 October 2014 (IRIN)* – Brothel closures in Indonesian cities could put sex workers in danger and hamper HIV prevention efforts, say health experts and outreach workers.   In 2013 Surabaya’s firebrand mayor closed two of the city’s six red light districts, and in June 2014 she shut down Dolly, one of the largest sex work complexes in Southeast Asia. But while she i ...

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No to Natural Fruit on Andy’s birthday

Hi Pressenza,   I'm following up on the urgent action we sent you a couple months ago for labor rights activist Andy Hall (below). I'm glad to be able to share an initial victory in this case: Today one of the four charges that Andy Hall faces was dismissed in court due to an unlawful interrogation process! Court proceedings on the next case start tomorrow, on Andy's birthday. Instead of celebrating, he wil ...

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World Change and Bitcoins … !

New ways and systems giving everyone more options stemming from a desire for nonviolence, freedom and human rights, underpin the wave of protests currently led by the students in Hong Kong, and that drive may even be extending to the financial sector with a Bitcoin mercantile exchange start-up proving a winner at the recent Slush Pitch night held in the city. By Vonnie Boston It was a TEdx event at Hong Kon ...

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Remember, it’s a pro-Hong Kong Movement

A staunch supporter of western democracy, Apple Daily, today, 28 October, 2014, heralded the disturbing news that, according to its way of seeing China affairs, the future of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme is ‘in peril’, not looking promising, as Beijing has considered the Occupy movement as “a contradiction between ourselves and the enemy” and would be reviewing all economic policies involving ...

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Mobile Training Van Makes a Difference to Street Children in Thailand

  Human Wrongs Watch A bright colored van filled with educational materials and staffed by trained outreach workers is beginning to make a difference in the lives of street children in Pattaya, Thailand. The van – a mobile training unit donated by UNODC to the NGO Child Protection and Development Centre – provides support and basic school lessons that include sex education to street children living in ...

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Burma-Myanmar: demanding credible probe into Burmese scribe’s murder

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed deep shock at the killing of a Burmese journalist who used to report from the conflict zone in Mon province of eastern Burma (Myanmar) and urged the Burma government in NayPieTaw to probe into the situation that finally ended the life of Ko Aung Kyaw Naing. By Nava J Thakuria As the Burmese media reported, Mr Naing was assassinated in the backdrop of recent ...

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“Renewable Energy Can Enhance Japanese Energy Security”

Renewables can lower fuel imports, improve trade balance and address environmental imperatives, new report shows Tokyo, Japan, 24 October: Speaking in Tokyo on Friday, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z. Amin highlighted the benefits of renewable energy, citing reduced fuel import cost, economic growth and job creation impacts in Japan and countries around the world. “A s ...

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Hong Kong: seventeen years and nothing…

Things are not looking too bright in Hong Kong. The press is releasing news of ‘sources’ saying the main figures of the Occupy Central campaign are to be arrested. These include the three Occupy Central proponents Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Chu Yiu-ming, also Jimmy Lai Chee-ying (Next Media) and Lee Cheuk-yan (unionist), the latter who proposed blocking of Central Government Offices. The source sa ...

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Philippines: poverty reflects failure of government not the person

Seven years ago, my first cousin, 22-year –old Maricel Mahinay, died from an illness aggravated by severe malnutrition. She was three months pregnant. Her death came two years after her first child had also died from a malnutrition related illness. By Danilo Reyes - Asian Human Rights Commission  (Note: this article was first published in the October 12, 2014 issue of the Sunday Examiner) Maricel, whom we c ...

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