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Wage theft from garment workers amounts to rights violation by global brands: Report

Workers in six Asian countries suffered 25% wage loss in 2020. A survey which interviewed more than 2000 workers found the wage loss was actually “wage theft” by the top global brands

Saudi-Arabia-torture Extent of Saudi prison torture revealed in new report 

The report by the Human Rights Watch exposes the lack of accountability for the extreme acts of torture, as well as the complicity of the Saudi legal and other institutions in covering up and enabling these human rights violations to continue unabated

Thailand protest Thai protesters call for better COVID relief, met with repression

Movements and groups pushing for democracy in Thailand have recently been calling for better COVID-19 relief measures and more vaccines

Ben & Jerry’s announce end of operations in Occupied Palestinian Territories 

The announcement by the ice cream maker came after a sustained campaign was launched by the BDS movement against company’s operations in Israel and in its illegal settlements in the occupied territories

Israeli airstrikes in Syria Israeli launches airstrikes on Syria, fires artillery shots into southern Lebanon

Abiding by its long-term policy, Israel did not acknowledge its airstrikes in Syria. Its forces claimed that they carried out artillery shelling inside Lebanon following firing of two rockets from across the border into northern Israel 

Silwan and Israel’s Judaization project in East Jerusalem 

From prompting illegal settlers in the area since 1991 to denying permits to build new houses in East Jerusalem, Israel has used every trick in the book to force the Palestinian residents of the locality to leave their homes

Lebanon’s prime minister designate Saad Hariri resigns after failing to form a government

Lebanon is being run by a caretaker government since August last year when, following the Beirut blasts, prime minister Hasan Diab resigned from his post after only seven months in power

The arrest of Shatha Odeh undermines access to health care in Palestine

On 7 July, Israeli Occupying Forces detained 10 Palestinian activists including Dr Shatha Odeh from Health Work Committees. Odeh’s work is an important contribution to the right of health in Palestine

Is the Taliban likely to march towards Kabul?

Former Indian Ambassador M.K. Bhadrakumar talks about the situation in Afghanistan, the strategies the Taliban is likely to pursue and the possibilities of an interim government in the country

PPP exits PA govt Palestinian Peoples Party withdraws from Palestinian Authority government

The leftist party also expelled PA labor minister Nasri Abu Jaish from its membership after he refused to resign from the government despite the party’s decision 

Thailand migrants workers Thai activists condemn cancellation of COVID testing facility for migrant workers

According to reports, the government’s move may leave over 30,000 high-risk expatriate workers in the capital region, mostly from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, without any assistance

“We are inviting vaccine-escape variants”

Dr. Satyajit Rath discusses the rates of COVID-19 immunization in India and how the iniquitous nature of this process can lead to the spread of vaccine-escaping variants

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