» 04/02/2007, 00.00
Women survivors of the tsunami are the greatest victims of discrimination
A report published in New Delhi condemns the tragic situation of women in countries hit by the 2004 killer wave: domestic violence, unemployment, lack of government aid, induction to prostitution and forced to sell their organs are just some of the problems highlighted. An appeal for local authority intervention.
Food Crisis: emergency aid but also rethinking development in Asia
Food crisis is “structural” as many urge greater investments in agriculture. For years industry and services were privileged at the expense of farming. Thai proposal to set up a rice cartel to manage rice prices is criticised.
Junta “eliminating” soldiers who fired on monks
The generals are trying to get rid of evidence and witnesses to the late September repression should they be called to account some time in the future. Meanwhile arrests continue as do pro-government demonstrations organised by the military regime. Some ethnic Burmese are dressed up in ethnic minorities clothing to show minorities’ support for the government against the West. ASEAN only expresses support for UN initiative, refuses to implement sanctions against the junta.
07/03/2008 MIDDLE EAST
The Middle East and its women: between emancipation and discrimination
The female world in Arab countries celebrates victories in education and work, but the road to equality between the sexes is still a long one. Emancipated women ask for recognition from their hardly liberal countries, which often see them as a threat to the status quo.
21/11/2007 MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS
Junta releases demonstrators but only so that they can die at home
Sources tell AsiaNews that some prisoners freed as a token of the generals’ good will survive only for a few days as a result of the inhumane treatment received whilst in prison. UN resolution condemns the generals for the September crackdown, but votes in favour are less than 50 per cent. UN Envoy Gambari is set for a new mission.
Nargis cyclone: human traffickers moving into displaced people camps
The National League for Democracy sets off alarm bells, warning that the military regime is handing out stale rice to cyclone victims. Taking its cue from Beijing Myanmar’s junta declares three days of national mourning and accepts doctors from ASEAN member nations.
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