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Cambodia: Phnom Penh Municipal Court charges a journalist over alleged incitement following his Facebook post criticising govt's response to COVID-19
Author: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, Khmer Times
"Journalist charged with incitement in capital", 30 June 2020...
“Tashkent's Reforms Haven Not Yet Reached Us” – Unfinished Work in the Fight Against Forced Labor in Uzbekistan's 2019 Cotton Harvest
Author: Uzbek Forum for Human Rights
...[E]radication of forced labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan remained elusive in the 2019 harvest, despite major progress...[T]he challenges that remain in eradicating forced labor definitively: structural labor shortages in some regions and at...
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Mexico: Well-known labour rights lawyer and defender of maquila workers' rights is detained: incl. one company response
Susana Prieto Terrazas is a prominent labour rights lawyers who defends maquila workers in Matamoros, Tamaulipas in the North of Mexico. On 8th June she was detained. Since then, different national and international organisations and trade unions...
Author: Anjana Pasricha, VOA News
"India's Laws Used to Pressure Reporters Covering Pandemic", 12 June 2020...
Colombia: NGOs submit report on patters of business conduct during the conflict to the Truth Commission
The Colombian NGO Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (CCAJAR) submitted a report on patterns of business conduct during the internal armed conflict to provide the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non...
Africa: Covid-19 pandemic-related economic pressure could compromise media outlets' independence & freedom of expression
"Virus crisis piles pressure on African media"...
Cambodia: Unions urge factory producing for intl. apparel brands to withdraw charges against jailed union leader released on bail; Incl. company responses
On 2 April 2020, garment factory worker and union leader Soy Sros was arrested in Cambodia after posting a message on social media criticizing the planned dismissal of union members, including a pregnant woman, from Superl Cambodia Ltd during the Covid...
Extractive transparency watchdog releases strategy to support human rights defenders & civic freedoms
Author: Marion Mondain, Publish What You Pay (PWYP)
"Rebels with a cause – a lesson in courage", 13 May 2020...
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