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Indian domestic workers take plight to streets

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Church organisations in the Indian capital city of New Delhi helped organise women domestic workers, recognised as the most oppressed work sectors in the country, in a demand for minimum wages and job security, which they say are necessary to lead a dignified life.

“We have been suffering for so long. There should be a law for us so that the employers do not pay us according to their wish and remove us from the job whenever they want,” Sunita Yadav, a domestic worker, said.

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Uyghurs dispute validity of terrorism charges

BEIJING (UCAN): Courts across the Xinjiang region of China had sentenced 45 people on terrorism charges prior to August 28 amidst a crackdown on minority Muslim Uyghur separatists.

Xinhua reported on August 27 that courts in Aksu, Kashgar, Karamay, Hotan and the autonomous Kazakh prefecture had held 10 trials in recent days, sentencing people to between four years and life in prison.

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Vietnam releases two rights advocates

HANOI (SE): Tran Minh Nhat and Thai Van Dung, both Catholic rights advocates, who were sentenced for plotting to overthrow the government in Vietnam four years ago, were freed on August 27.

They were found guilty of being affiliated with the banned opposition party, Viet Tan, Radio Free Asia reported.

Tran told the broadcaster that they had been under constant pressure to sign a confession in order to get a shorter sentence, but both had refused to do so.

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Europe argues if baby hatches save newborns or violate a child’s rights?

 

WARSAW (CNS): On a damp street in Warsaw, Poland, not far from St. Florian’s Cathedral, a tiny mattress lies on display behind a safety-glass window, installed at waist height on a dull gray wall. 

To the left, a door sign reads Sisters of Our Lady of Loretto. Across the teeming thoroughfare a multi-storey hospital gazes down over rutted sidewalks.