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Human Rights Observatory
Monday, April 23, 2018
China’s government and private Chinese companies should end their widespread use of gender discriminatory job advertisements Chinese authorities rarely enforce legal prohibitions against gender discrimination in employment and in advertising. Many of the ads specify a requirement or preference for men. Some job posts require women to have certain physical attributes – with respect to height, weight, voice, or facial appearance – that are irrelevant to job duties. Others use the physical attributes of companies’ current female employees to attract male applicants (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
Expand A girl is seen through a fence before prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia September 12, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters When celebrating R.A. Kartini, a Javanese feminist (1879-1904) who wrote about women’s rights in the early 20th century, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo invited a number of women rights’ defenders in Jakarta to talk about women’s empowerment. Naila Rizqi Zakiah of the Community Legal Aid Institute, took the opportunity to ask Jokowi to end child marriage in Indonesia. Zakiah made a reference to a recent viral social media discussion… (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
José Miguel Vivanco on Revelations of Surveillance from Colombia's Top Commander On April 14, the Colombian magazine Semana ran a damning story about a group of senior military officers who it said were involved in corruption and illicit surveillance activities. It indicated that General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, the country’s then-top commander and now ambassador to South Korea, did not like my insistence on justice for killings of innocent people by the army during its long battle against rebel groups. So in 2017, Semana said, the general apparently asked other officers to establish cyber… (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
José Miguel Vivanco on Revelations of Surveillance from Colombia's Top Commander (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
Expand A rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) approaches the MV Open Arms, the search and rescue ship of Proactiva Open Arms, in the central Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, December 16, 2017. ©2017REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi WE MAY NEED to curb our enthusiasm over an Italian judge’s April 16 decision to release the rescue ship Open Arms, operated by the Spanish group Proactiva, which Italy impounded a month ago. Although the Open Arms may soon sail again and perform vital rescues in the Mediterranean, two crew members face unjustified criminal charges. But Italy’s determination to enable… (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
Summary   Four decades of rapid economic growth in China have created unprecedented economic opportunities for women, but gender discrimination in employment remains widespread. By some key measures, the problem is getting worse: a smaller proportion of women are working. Only 63 percent of the female labor force worked in 2017, down from 65.5 percent ten years earlier. The gender gap in labor force participation has also grown. While the women’s labor force participation rate was 83 percent in 2007, it had dropped to 81 percent of the male rate by 2017. The pay gap in urban areas has also increased.… (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
Expand Still image from a video provided to Human Rights Watch by a Sinai activist and captured on February 27, showing one closed gas station in al-Arish. © 2018 Private (Beirut) – The Egyptian government campaign against an affiliate of the Islamic State group in North Sinai has left up to 420,000 residents in four northeastern cities in urgent need of humanitarian aid since February 9, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should provide sufficient food for all residents and allow relief organizations such as the Egyptian Red Crescent to immediately provide resources to address… (Full Story)
Monday, April 23, 2018
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Monday, April 23, 2018
Efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war resume this week as representatives and ministers from 85 countries gather in Brussels for a two-day conference Tuesday, co-chaired by the United Nations and the European Union. Its stated aim is to mobilize humanitarian aid to Syrians inside the country and boost support for the U.N.-led Geneva peace process. However, with Syrian government forces — backed by their Russian allies — seemingly determined to try to... (Full Story)
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