The four-day World Cities Summit Mayors Forum ended today in the South Korean capital. Delegations from around the world attended the event with sustainable urban development at the centre of their discussions. For Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, the forum provided him with an opportunity to show the results of his latest social welfare programmes to reduce inequalities.

by Melani Manel Perera

The lack of measures against incursions into the Sri Lankan seas with trawl nets, which are banned in India, is blamed. "Our work is not protected, sometimes we even find ourselves attacked" the unions protest. The Navy: 17 fishing boats stopped since the beginning of 2023.

| 26/09/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

With a joint statement, the autonomist leaders of Tatars, Circassians, Scandinavians, Baskirs and activists of other minorities reject the results of the local elections held throughout the country two weeks ago. The vote heavily influenced by the repression of every alternative voice to Putin is defined as a "shameful political farce" in a "Russian Federation that has no future"

| 26/09/2023
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Hindu nationalist who heads the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights this time targeted a well-known evangelical preacher, Ajay Lall, accusing him conversions and even "human trafficking" at an educational establishment he runs. This is similar to the campaign against Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur, in the same state which goes to the polls in state elections in a few weeks.

| 25/09/2023

Ronson Chan gets five days in jail for obstructing public officials and disturbing the peace in September 2022. For the presiding judge, a fine was not enough. For activists and critics, this is another attack against press freedom and represents an attempt to intimidate journalists.

| 25/09/2023
by Steve Suwannarat

Thais over 60 make up about 21 per cent of the population, proportion expected to rise to 38.5 by 2050. On average, they get 600 and 1,000 baht (US$ 16-28) per month, but changes proposed by the former military-led government and the current progressive opposition are deemed inadequate.

| 25/09/2023

While Israel’s parliament is on recess for high holidays, one committee expedites one a bill advanced by Ben-Gvir and Levin to allow the police to use cameras for the identification and proactive or retroactive analysis of images. Activists and critics fear the law will be used in an abusive and twisted manner.

| 25/09/2023
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| 12/09/2023
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