My life became a disaster movie': the Bangladesh garment factory on the brink

As high streets across England opened this week and hundreds of people jostled through the doors of clothing shops, thousands of miles away in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Mostafiz Uddin is worrying about how to pay his workers’ wages. At Denim Expert Ltd, the sustainable clothing company he found


Surviving on a bag of rice: plight of Bangladeshi garment makers

Nazmin Nahar, a 26-year-old garment worker and mother of two in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is living on borrowed rice. She hasn’t had the wages to pay for food or rent for more than two months. Even though the hours were long and the targets relentless, Nahar had been happy working at Magpie Knitwear


Senate GOP to propose policing changes in ‘Justice Act’

Senate Republicans are proposing changes to police procedures and accountability with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press. The “Justice Act” is the most


Children caught in conflict facing ‘brutality and fear while the world watches’

Launching the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba maintained that parties to conflict often “neglect to protect children in the conduct of hostilities and deny them the vital aid they desperately need”. The tragedy children face continu


Trump plans to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

US President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppressing Uighur Muslims, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday without offering a time frame for the signing.The bill, which passed the US House of Representatives and the Sena


Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, Asia and Europe

Thousands of people rallied across Australia to honor George Floyd and voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, part of a worldwide wave of solidarity that has also sought to highlight racial discrimination outside the United States. Further protests were planned over the w


Police and protesters unite to grieve George Floyd's death while violent instigators spark new clashes

While police leaders join protesters in denouncing the death of George Floyd, those behind the violence in cities across the country are getting more diverse. Floyd, 46, died one week ago after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. His final words include


Local authorities in Germany offer traineeships to Syrians

Twenty-five Syrian refugees were accepted onto a one-year trainee programme in municipal administration with seven German local authorities. As it turns out, the Syrians were not the only ones to benefit. Claudia Mende reportsInitially, things were difficult for both sides. The people working in loc


Survey: Young Syrians plagued by social and economic discrimination in Turkey

On Friday, Bahcesehir University’s Center of Migration and Urban Studies in Istanbul released a report highlighting the longstanding socio-economic challenges Syrian refugees face in Turkey. As in many countries with large refugee populations, there has been ongoing tension between residents


Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

Celebrities and influencers around the world have taken to social media to protest against the actions of four US police officers that allegedly led to the death of a black male suspect.A video, circulated online, showed an unidentified officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and ignoring his


Myanmar submits first report on Rohingya to UN's top court

The top UN court agreed last year to consider a case brought by The Gambia alleging that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya, an accusation vigorously denied by the government. Myanmar's military in August 2017 launched what it called a "clearance operation" in Rakhine state in response


Man in Singapore sentenced to death via Zoom call

37-year-old Malaysian received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on a video-call due to lockdown restrictionsA man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state's first case where capital punishment has been delivered


Human Rights Watch condemns Qatar prison conditions as COVID-19 sweeps through inmates

A COVID-19 outbreak has swept through Qatar’s main prison prompting calls for urgent measures to protect inmates and staff. Human Rights Watch said Monday that crowded and unsanitary conditions at Doha central prison were exacerbating the situation. The group urged Qatar to reduce prison pop


Fears Rohingya refugees face disaster after Covid-19 reaches Cox's Bazar

Aid groups have warned of a looming humanitarian disaster after coronavirus was detected for the first time in the sprawling camps that host about one million Rohingya refugees. The camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which are more densely populated than some of the world’s busiest citie


Louisville seeks US review of police killing of black woman

Louisville officials have now asked the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI to review the police department’s internal investigation of the killing of a black woman by officers raiding her home two months ago. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announ


Amnesty International calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience

The global human rights movement Amnesty International issued a statement on May 4, 2020, calling for “the immediate and unconditional release of all the prisoners of conscience” worldwide, who are now “at heightened risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” “As this devasta


Sri Lanka: Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

The grief-stricken family of Zubair Fathima Rinosa in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo is demanding justice and explanation after tests, released two days after her body had been cremated, showed that the 44-year-old Muslim woman did not die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Mo


Syria violence ‘a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored’: UN human rights chief

Calling the deteriorating situation “a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet lamented: "We are receiving more reports every day of targeted killings and bombings from one end of the country to the other, with many such attack




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