Human Rights Blog

Persecution of union activists - an increasing trend in Colombia

May 04, 2021 - Viviana Colorado López, Human Rights Coordinator, Escuela Nacional Sindical.

In Colombia, anti-union violence continues to be a serious obstacle to the consolidation of peace, the freedom to unionise, the defense of human rights and democratic guarantees.

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Caste-Hate Speech – A Culture of Silence and Violence

Apr 21, 2021 - Ritwajit Das, Membership Coordinator, International Dalit Solidarity Network

Caste-based discrimination affects more than 260 million Dalits worldwide. Caste-hate speech is currently on the rise across different social media platforms, and should be acknowledged as a specific form of hate.

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Protests in Thailand - a new hope for human rights

Jan 21, 2021 - Petcharat Saksirivetkul, NHRF’s local consultant in Thailand.

During 2020, Thailand has been facing a unique challenge when it comes to the human rights situation. Throughout the whole year, there has been more than 450 protests against the Thai government and monarchy, and about 200 of those took place only between October to December.

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Working from the periphery: SKP-HAM and official recognition of the 1965 Atrocities in Palu City, Central Sulawesi

Sep 24, 2020 - Papang Hidayat, NHRF's local consultant in Indonesia

In Indonesia, "Black September" is remembered by human rights communities as a month of tragedy where events of serious violations of human rights occurred. In September all across the country, victims and human rights groups has commemorated the cases of serious human rights violations, including the systematic atrocities against members Indonesian Communist Party or suspected sympathizers.

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Pakistan’s disposable labour needs attention

Aug 26, 2020 - Zulfiqar Shah is a human rights and labour rights expert based in Karachi, and NHRF's local consultant in Pakistan.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that 3,186,000 people are held in modern forms of slavery in Pakistan, ranking the country at 8th place among the world’s 167 nations with the highest prevalence of modern slavery. The most common form of modern slavery prevalent in Pakistan is bonded labour, mainly in agriculture and brick kilns sectors (production of bricks).

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Women taking the lead in the defense of the human rights of miners and their families

Aug 19, 2020 - Cristina Auerbach, founder of la Organización Familia Pasta de Conchos, Mexico.

On February 19 2006, 65 miners were trapped in the Pasta de Conchos coal mine after a methane explosion in the Mexican state of Coahuila. To this date, only two of the 65 bodies have been retrieved. NHRF’s partner organization, Organización Familia Pasta de Conchos (OFPC), works to ensure that the recovery process of the remaining 63 miners moves forward, as well as fighting for better working conditions for miners in the region. Read the blog written by OFPC’s founder, Cristina Auerbach.

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