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Asia

Brands Abandon Asia Workers in Pandemic 2020-04-01 [Human Rights Watch]
Garment workers face destitution as Covid-19 closes factories 2020-03-20 [Guardian]
Raising young workers’ voice on the streets 2020-03-11 [IndustriALL]


Afghanistan

Television journalists wounded in deadly Kabul attack 2020-03-15 [IFJ]
Journalist injured in deadly military convoy blast 2019-12-06 [IFJ]
Journalist killed in election attack 2019-09-28 [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

Afgan Mukhtarli released, but still 102 journalists in prison in Europe 2020-03-21 [EFJ]
Supreme Court denies Khadija Ismayilova’s request for early end of her probation 2019-08-15 [EFJ]
Cinema workers awarded in Baku 2019-08-06 [MENAFN]


Australia

'We're not hungry, we need masks,' says Australian doctor on virus front line 2020-04-06 [The Times]
Labor to support jobkeeper package despite ineligibility of 1m casuals 2020-04-06 [The Guardian]
How safe is your workplace when it comes to coronavirus? 2020-04-06 [ABC]


Bangladesh

Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers ordered home as factories stay closed 2020-04-06 [Reuters]
ACT brands commit to responsible business practices in Bangladesh 2020-04-04 [IndustriALL]
COVID-19: Bangladesh Garment Workers Stand Up for Rights 2020-04-02 [Solidarity Center]


Bhutan

Bhutanese union established with Japanese support 2020-01-07 [IndustriALL]


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

Garment Workers Strike Over Unpaid Wages Amid Virus Pandemic 2020-04-01 [VOD]
Cambodian garment workers strike over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 outbreak 2020-03-30 [Globalvoices]
Workers in Cambodia and Myanmar hit hard by Coronavirus fall-out 2020-03-12 [IndustriALL]


China

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: Looking for human connection in isolation 2020-04-04 [GlobalVoices]
Chinese forest fire: Firefighters and guide killed in Sichuan blaze 2020-03-31 [BBC]
83 major brands implicated in report on forced labour of ethnic minorities from Xinjiang assigned to factories across provinces 2020-03-25 [Business and Human Rights Resource Centre]


Hong Kong

KCTU and HKCTU Release Joint Statement to Defend Labour Rights under COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-03-17 [HKCTU]
Police continue to abuse and obstruct journalists 2020-03-15 [IFJ]
My Arrest on February 28 2020 for Protest/March On August 31 2019 2020-03-07 [HKCTU]


India

Workers wage daily war for survival during lockdown: survey 2020-04-06 [The Herald]
United Nurses Association Move Supreme Court For Formulation Of National COVID19 Management Protocol 2020-04-06 [LiveLaw.IN]
CITU opposes govt decision the slashing down the interests rate on small savings, PPF etc 2020-04-04 [CITU]


Indonesia

Labor union to hold massive protest in Jakarta despite physical distancing measures 2020-04-06 [JP]
Indonesian unions demand factory shutdown 2020-04-06 [IndustriALL]
Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic move 2020-04-02 [JP]


Japan

Teachers’ union in dialogue with government to address major challenges after country-wide school closures 2020-03-27 [EI]
Labour and management strengthen efforts to prevent widespread infection 2020-03-20 [Japan International Labour Foundation]
Steelmakers deny pay hikes as trade war saps demand 2020-03-10 [Asian Review]


Kazakhstan

Kazakh union leader Erlan Baltabay released 2020-03-24 [IndustriALL]
Union develop strategies against gender-based violence 2020-02-29 [BWI]
Union develop strategies against gender-based violence 2020-02-23 [BWI]


Korea

GM Korea agrees pay freeze with union 2020-03-28 [just-auto]
South Korea appears to have greatly slowed the new cases of COVID-19 2020-03-27 [PSI]
ILO ‘Road Safety and Decent Work’ Guidelines and Korean truck drivers’ fight for Safe Rates ActNOW! 2019-11-29 [KPTU]


Kyrgyzstan

Why domestic violence is flourishing in Kyrgyzstan - and how it could stop 2020-02-23 [Opendemocracy]
Железнодорожные профсоюзы Киргизии и Казахстана организуются и готовятся к новым вызовам 2019-11-08 [ITF]
Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights 2019-10-31 [Human Rights Watch]


Laos

Migrant workers brave exploitation & unsafe working conditions in Thailand 2019-09-02 [Biz&Human Rights Resource Ctr]
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]


Malaysia

Malaysian unions fight for workers during lockdown 2020-04-04 [IndustriALL]
Timber unions call for mandatory COVID-19 testing 2020-04-04 [BWI]
Union picket breaks deadlock in Malaysia 2020-03-17 [IndustriALL]


Maldives

Inquiry finds extremist group responsible for Rilwan’s murder 2019-09-06 [IFJ]
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]


Mongolia

Unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-24 [IndustriAll]
Mongolian unions calls for reformed labour code 2020-01-22 [IndustriALL]
Mongolian union calls for implementation of ILO C176 2019-11-14 [IndustriALL]


Nepal

Care Union Wins Key Protections for Thousands of Workers 2020-04-04 [UNI]
Care care union wins key protections for thousands of workers 2020-04-02 [UNI Global Union]
74th NTUC establishment Day celebrated 2020-03-06 [ntuc.org.np]


Pakistan

Workers Face Health, Economic Risks 2020-04-03 [Human Rights Watch]
Demo against factory for forced labour, no pay 2020-04-01 [Dawn]
Journalist granted bail after two months in prison 2020-03-30 [IFJ]


Philippines

Teleperformance workers in the Philippines are enduring “subhuman” conditions 2020-04-04 [UNI]
Attacked & underpaid: Medics battle stigma, virus 2020-04-02 [al Jazeera]
Duterte says lockdown protesters can be shot if they fight 2020-04-02 [JP]


Singapore

COVID-19: National Wages Council suggests management lead by example when cutting pay 2020-03-30 [CNA]
Migrant workers stay away from usual hangouts 2020-03-30 [ST]
Coronavirus: 70 healthcare workers dedicate the song Home to all Singaporeans 2020-03-30 [ST]


Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan union protects workers amid Covid-19 2020-03-31 [IndustriALL]
Issues that affect employees in the private and semi-government sectors 2020-03-04 [Lankaweb]
Tamil journalists receive death threats 2020-01-27 [IFJ]


Taiwan

Prompt action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open and safe 2020-03-27 [EI]
Organizations call for illegal migrant worker amnesty 2020-03-04 [Focus]
Baby or a job? Stark choice for Taiwan's migrant workers 2019-12-19 [Reuters]


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

Emergency Law will further erode press freedom 2020-03-30 [IFJ]
Migrant Workers Stream Home as Thailand’s Economy Goes into Covid-19 Lockdown 2020-03-29 [IOM]
The Nurses Union of Thailand keep fighting for fair compensation 2020-03-07 [PSI]


Tibet


Turkey

Workers strike as bosses keep them at work despite COVID-19 2020-04-05 [wsws.org]
Unions Request Urgent Measures Against Pandemic 2020-04-04 [DISK]
Societies Pushed Into the Tunnel of Horror Become Blind 2020-04-01 [uidder.org]


Turkmenistan

Turkmen Labor Activist Released from Prison after 3 Years 2019-09-06 [Solidarity Center]
IFJ joins calls for the release of journalist Gaspar Matalaev 2019-06-18 [IFJ]
Free Gaspar Matalaev, end forced and child labour! 2018-10-15 [IUF]


Uzbekistan

Forced and child labour in Uzbek cotton fields continues to fall 2020-02-11 [ILO]
Uzbeks report cotton harvest forced labour 2019-09-30 [BBC]
Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour 2019-04-11 [ILO]


Vietnam

Labour Update #54 2020-04-06 [TinyLetter]
Vietnam, COVID-19 and Public Health 2020-03-27 [Portside]
Labour Update #52 2020-03-23 [TinyLetter]
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