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Asia

World Press Freedom Day celebrated in the region 2019-05-20 [IFJ]
SEAJU urges governments to response on report findings 2019-05-03 [IFJ]
Truth vs Misinformation: IFJ launches 17th South Asia Press Freedom Report 2019-05-03 [IFJ]


Afghanistan

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women's rights campaigner shot dead in broad day light in Kabul 2019-05-19 [The Independent]
Former TV presenter shot dead 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Killers of Abdul Manan Arghand sentenced to death 2019-04-20 [IFJ]


Armenia

Unions gather for a regional meeting in Armenia 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]
Unionists underpin role of education in teaching human rights and values 2017-04-08 [Education International ]
Defending Armenia’s Workers – Is Class Struggle on the Agenda? 2016-09-11 [hetq]


Azerbaijan

Unions in Moldova and Azerbaijan sign a cooperation agreement 2019-05-14 [ILO ACTRAV]
Country violated the rights of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova 2019-01-12 [EFJ]
Representatives of KazTransOil fly to Batumi to negotiate with workers on strike 2018-04-04 [MENAFN]


Australia

Morrison has no mandate for regressive IR agenda 2019-05-20 [ACTU]
Re-elected coalition to slash $1.5 billion from public service 2019-05-20 [Government news ]
Queensland PM looks dejected as unionists ruin Longman campaign event 2019-05-18 [NT News]


Bangladesh

Accord achievements secured 2019-05-20 [IndustriALL]
Jute mill workers’ 6-hour strike begins on Wednesday 2019-05-20 [The Tribune]
Bangladesh Accord achievements secured 2019-05-20 [UNI Global Union]


Bhutan


Brunei


Burma

Myanmar unions fighting obstacles to organizing 2018-11-19 [IndustriALL]
Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest 2018-10-18 [Eyewitness News]
Protesting workers attacked by ‘hired thugs’ 2018-10-17 [The Star]


Cambodia

Unions call on brands to ACT 2019-04-10 [IndustriALL]
Hun Sen asks a union leader not to urge workers to protest 2019-03-18 [The Times]
Ministry highlights drop in strikes and demonstrations 2019-03-07 [The Times]


China

Workers in China’s private sector earn less, protest more 2019-05-19 [CLB]
Senior staff at Oracle’s Beijing research centre protest layoffs 2019-05-15 [CLB]
Regional governments reluctant to raise the minimum wage 2019-05-15 [CLB]


Hong Kong

Two Filipino domestic workers cannot stay in Hong Kong despite children having resident status, top court rules 2019-04-06 [The Free Press]
Helpers giving more than they are getting 2019-03-21 [The South China Morning Post]
Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services 2019-03-11 [Global Voices]


India

Gujarat Four die cleaning storm water pumping station in Ahmedabad, probe on 2019-05-20 [Express News Service]
Nagaland Women sensitised on gender-based violence 2019-05-18 [The Eastern Mirror]
Maharashtra PMC to stop payments to private contractors who violate labour laws 2019-05-18 [Indian Express]


Indonesia

The Plight of Indonesia’s Homeworkers 2019-05-16 [The Diplomat]
Taking on Gender-Based Violence at Work in Indonesia 2019-05-10 [Solidarity Center]
Post May Day update and calls for international solidarity 2019-05-07 [Mpalothia.net]


Japan

Theatre for Fukushima: voices from the silence 2019-05-20 [Equal Times]
BWI Report demands active trade union role in Tokyo 2020 Olympics 2019-05-16 [BWI]
New Retirement Age 65, for Postal Workers 2019-05-16 [UNI Global Union]


Kazakhstan

President Resigns - Now Is a Chance to Guarantee the Citizens Their Rights 2019-03-20 [Svenssonstiftelsen]
Activists in Kazakhstan face continued repression 2019-03-15 [IndustriALL]
Рolice detain, fine journalist covering Zhanaozen rallies 2019-03-13 [Eurasianet]


Korea

KCTU's attempt for cross-society strike 2019-03-11 [Dong-A Ilbo]
KB union withdraws plans for 2nd strike 2019-01-21 [koreatimes]
Fund to help workers faces complaints from own underpaid workers 2019-01-20 [koreajoongangdaily]


Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz unions oppose anti-union law 2019-04-25 [IndustriALL]
Workers in Kyrgyzstan left without legal protection 2019-03-07 [IndustriALL]
Child Labor Problem Urgent: Kyrgyzstan Workers 2018-10-04 [Solidarity Center]


Laos

Liquid Labourscape: Ad Hoc Experimentation in a Chinese Special Economic Zone in Laos 2017-11-24 [Chinoiresie]
Three Lao Workers Jailed For Criticizing Government Online Still Held After More Than a Year 2017-03-09 [RFA]
Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos 2017-01-07 [RFA]


Malaysia

Mahathir suggests working at night to escape scorching heat 2019-05-07 [MTUC]
MTUC warns against ‘low pay versus none’ debate 2019-05-07 [MTUC]
Dr M: Govt to improve labour laws, processes 2019-05-07 [MTUC]


Maldives

Hotel resort workers highlight need for legal minimum wage in national elections 2019-04-03 [IUF]
Ruling party leader calls for shut down of Raajje TV 2018-02-06 [IFJ]
Police rough up, arrest journalists covering opposition rally 2017-07-28 [IFJ]


Mongolia

The VIIth Mongolian Teachers’ Congress reaffirms the importance to promote and invest in quality public education 2019-05-07 [Education International]
Mongolia: IndustriALL and Rio Tinto conduct joint mission at Oyu Tolgoi mine 2018-09-26 [IndustriALL]
National monthly minimum wage to be raised by 25% 2017-01-09 [AKIpress]


Nepal

Government drafts harsh provisions to Media Council Act 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Nepal to sign bilateral labour pact with Turkey and Poland 2019-05-12 [The Himalayan Times]
Minister Bista vows to take action against hospitals promoting labor exploitation of nurses 2019-05-12 [myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com]


Pakistan

UNI calls on Pakistani government to stop the victimisation of trade unionists at State Life Insurance Company 2019-05-16 [UNI Global Union]
27 coalminers killed in Pakistan so far in 2019 2019-05-16 [IndustriALL]
Senior Pakistani journalist killed by bikers 2019-05-03 [IFJ]


Philippines

Media named in alleged plot to ‘overthrow’ Duterte administration 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Is Duterte Drumming Up a Red Scare in the Philippines? 2019-05-16 [The Diplomat]
Meet the women succeeding in the fishing industry 2019-05-14 [Equal Times]


Singapore

Efforts to retrain workers have made a difference, helped to keep retrenchment rate low: PM Lee 2019-05-01 [The Straits Times]
In rich Singapore, why must migrant workers go hungry? 2019-04-08 [SCMP]
Foreign Domestic Labor Rights: Policy Experts Speak at Yale-NUS 2019-04-07 [The Octant]


Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan unions oppose oppressive new laws 2019-05-07 [IndustriALL]
Unions pay silent tribute to labour in shattered capital 2019-05-05 [The Sunday Times]
BWI Statement on the Attacks in Sri Lanka 2019-04-23 [BWI]


Taiwan

Prospect of Further Strikes Threaten Taiwanese Carriers 2019-05-16 [AIN]
Pastry operator agrees to pay migrant workers unpaid overtime 2019-05-04 [Focus Taiwan]
Eleven unions back striking CAL pilots 2019-02-10 [The Times]


Tajikistan

'Equal Rights Are Not For Us,' And Other Thoughts On Women's Day 2017-03-09 [RFE/Radio Liberty]
Teachers trained on trade unionism and Sustainable Development Goals 2016-06-17 [Education International]
Workers unhappy that Iranian company in Tajikstan owes 6 months pay 2016-05-18 [RFE/Radio Liberty]


Thailand

Fight school: the children of Muay Thai 2019-03-29 [Equal Times]
Thailand Migrant Rights Leader Wins Human Rights Award 2019-03-13 [Solidarity Center]
Migrant workers in Thailand live harsh, but improving, reality 2019-02-17 [Nikkei Asian Review]


Tibet


Turkey

International organisations condemn recent attacks against journalists 2019-05-20 [EFJ]
Report details permanent violations of media freedom 2019-05-16 [IFJ]
Journalist critical of the government severely beaten-up 2019-05-16 [IFJ]


Turkmenistan

Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]
Children Forced to Labor in Turkmenistan Cotton Fields 2018-02-02 [Solidarity Center]
Free Gaspar Matalaev 2017-12-10 [ATN]


Uzbekistan

Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour 2019-04-11 [ILO]
The democratic future of Uzbekistan doesn’t depend on the politicians, but whether workers can mobilise 2018-10-13 [openDemocracy]
Fewer Workers Forced to Prepare Uzbek Cotton Fields 2018-09-10 [Solidarity Center]


Vietnam

Trade union battles to protect workers' rights 2019-04-23 [The News]
No union, no problems: Anatomy of a wildcat strike in Vietnamese shoe factory 2019-04-04 [Notes from Below]
Việt Nam ratifies ILO Convention on employment for workers with disabilities 2019-03-28 [Vietnam News]
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