6 OCTOBER 2016
Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’
A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
26 SEPTEMBER 2016
Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines
The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
12 SEPTEMBER 2016
Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation
An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
6 SEPTEMBER 2016
A generation left behind: Millions of Chinese children abandoned as parents seek work
Around 61 million children are left behind in China’s rural villages and towns while their parents work in the big cities, and many of the ‘left-behind’ kids suffer from emotional trauma, depression or anxiety
26 JULY 2016
India parliament passes controversial child labour law
India’s parliament on Tuesday (Jul 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development.
9 JULY 2016
India’s Children of Slavery
“They raped me. They tied me in a sack and threw me into the river.” Rinki, 13, is one of 100,000 children in India sold into slavery each year. These are their stories – plus the efforts of their rescuers like Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi
1 APRIL 2016
Pakistan honour killings on the rise, report reveals
Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year by relatives who believed they had dishonoured their families, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says
13 MARCH 2016
Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media
Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
7 MARCH 2016
Defending Pakistani women against honour killings
Only days after Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy accepted her Academy Award for best short subject documentary for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness highlighting Pakistan’s honour killing epidemic, the killings continued
26 FEBRUARY 2016
Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government
Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
22 OCTOBER 2015
Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists
A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
20 OCTOBER 2015
China’s feminists defy government oppression
« Shameless ». That was how Hillary Clinton described Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hosting of a meeting on women’s rights at the United Nations.
12 JULY 2015
1.6 million children in India left out of school system
A recent United Nations survey has shown that about 1.6 million young children in India are being left out of the school system. Girls are the most disadvantaged as most parents prefer to prepare them for marriage, rather than a career
10 JUNE 2015
Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal
A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
29 APRIL 2015
Rewriting the role of Chinese women
Even with recent activist arrests, China’s feminist landscape is shifting with many women challenging rooted norms
18 APRIL 2015
Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president
President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation
30 JANUARY 2015
Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as six
Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday
24 JANUARY 2015
More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN
There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
3 DECEMBER 2014
Child labour in Bangladesh persists
A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.
28 NOVEMBER 2014
Nearly 300,000 Nepalese women trafficked to Indian brothels
Trafficking of women and girls and supplying them in the sex markets of India and other countries is still one of the big social problems in Nepal
5 NOVEMBER 2014
Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties
At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
11 OCTOBER 2014
Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children
The 60-year-old activist has been campaigning against child trafficking in India for over 30 years, presenting child slavery not as a welfare problem but as a human rights issue that feeds illiteracy and poverty.
10 OCTOBER 2014
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.
15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage
Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.
12 SEPTEMBER 2014
Half South Asia’s girls marry before 18: UN
Nearly half of all girls in South Asia marry before they turn 18, according to a United Nations (UN) report that lays bare what it calls « glaring inequalities »
31 AUGUST 2014
In Afghanistan, 8 years old girl married to 12 years old boy
In the district of Sholgara of Balkh province, a man named Momen gave away his eight-year-old daughter Meena to wed a 12-year old boy because he could not support having his daughter live with him
29 AUGUST 2014
Sex abuse against teens rising in Korea: report
The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
27 JULY 2014
Indian temple admits women for first time in 900-year history
Twelfth-century Hindu temple breaks with tradition after Supreme Court rules against two Brahmin families who have claimed exclusive ancestral rights to choosing priests for centuries
14 JULY 2014
Samsung finds ‘evidence’ of child labour at China plant
Samsung has temporarily suspended business with one of its suppliers in China after finding « evidence » of possible illegal child labour at the plant
18 JUNE 2014
Japan finally bans child pornography
Japan finally fell into line with other major developed countries and made the possession of child pornography illegal, but the sometimes graphic images of paedophilia in manga comic books remain legal
1 MAY 2014
Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes: Human Rights Watch
Almost nine out of 10 children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, a rate it said was the highest among developed nations
30 APRIL 2014
Maldives enacts regulation for death penalty
The United Nations and European Union have condemned the Maldives for approving a regulation that allows children as young as seven to be sentenced to death for certain crimes
12 APRIL 2014
Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party
Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister
4 APRIL 2014
India court orders first death sentences for multiple rapes
An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403474/india-court-orders-first-death-sentences-for-multiple-rapes http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723
20 MARCH 2014
A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs
Vietnam’s child workers number 1.75m
Viet Nam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey
22 JANUARY 2014
Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military
A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.
18 JANUARY 2014
Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers
Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a « historic step » towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
15 JANUAY 2014
Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’
Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Nepal, civil society and religions against kidnapping of child brides
In the western districts forced marriages are still widespread: During special « festivals », young men choose the most beautiful girls and kidnap them, forcing them to marry. In Nepal, this practice is illegal, but the silence of the people prolongs this tradition. Girls as young as 11 among victims.
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Lessons to take home: girls’s education in Pakistan
This edition of ‘For Children in War’ focuses on the challenges faced by girls in their quest for schooling in a displaced person’s camp in Pakistan
28 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards
Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
25 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations
Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.
10 OCTOBER 2013
Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize
Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24475305 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malala-Yousafzai-awarded-the-2013-Sakharov-Prize-29246.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314311-eu-awards-top-human-rights-award-to-malala/
9 OCTOBER 2013
Sexual violence in Burma
Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.
4 OCTOBER 2013
Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
28 SEPTEMBER 2013
Nepal’s slave girls
Can the young girls forced to work in middle class homes across the country break the bonds of slavery? Slavery is banned in Nepal. But hidden behind the walls of city homes, some still keep young girls as slaves called kamlaris.
1st AUGUST 2013
In Japan, 25% of pregnant workers experienced harassment
So-called pregnancy harassment, which involves treating female employees unfavorably because of being pregnant or having children, sometimes to the point of making them quit their jobs, has been attracting attention, especially since a recent labor federation survey showed one in every four pregnant workers were made the target of such harassment.
12 JULY 2013
Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all
14 JUNE 2013
From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma
Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling. http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540