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Farmers demand aid on Earth Day

MANILA (UCAN): Philippine environmental advocates and farmers marked Earth Day, April 22, with rallies in various cities around the country to demand government action in drought-stricken areas.

“The drought has worsened the poverty and hunger of farmers,” said Pedro Arnardo, a peasant leader from the southern region of Mindanao.

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Call to increase wages

Dili (UCAN): Father Adrian Ola Duli, director of Caritas Dili, said Timor-Leste’s current wage of about US$3.75 (29) was not enough for a worker to afford three meals a day, let alone provide for his family, adding that the monthly wage of US$115 (892) needs to be raised to more than US$200 ($1,550).

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Standard working hours

According to UBS’s Prices and Earnings Study Report, Hong Kong has the longest working hours out of 71 cities worldwide, with the average employee working up to 2,606 hours per year. 








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Abusive employer convicted but workers’ lot still not a happy one

HONG KONG (SE): At the launch of Erwiana: Justice for All, a documentary on the traumatic experience of abused domestic worker, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, community leaders were critical of the government attitude towards migrant workers in Hong Kong, saying that one year on from the conviction of her abusive employer nothing has changed.

The documentary was launched on March 27 at the City University of Hong Kong in Kowloon Tong.

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Petition to investigate Mong Kok rumble

HONG KONG (SE): A online signature petition was launched by the Justice and Peace Commission on March 17 calling on the Hong Kong government to set up an independent investigation committee to look into the rumble that took place between police and a violent mob in Mong Kok on February 8.

The petition statement was posted in various parishes starting from April 3 inviting parishioners to sign it.

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Why do the police kill the poor but spare the rich?

QUEZON CITY (SE): “It is very troubling that the police and the military are always being sent to harass, wound and kill the poor—whether they be farmers, lumads, urban poor or workers who protest and rally because they suffer and their rights are not being addressed,” Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a formal condemnation of the violent dispersal of farmers who had rallied on a main road in Kidapawan City on April 1 to call attention to their plight in the drought affected region.

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When they asked for food they got bullets

MANILA (SE): Jesus may have found it hard to believe that a father would give his son a scorpion when he asked for bread, but when a massed rally of around 6,000 farmers from a declared drought disaster zone blocked the 220 kilometre highway link between the provinces of Davao and Cotabato at Kidapawan City on March 30, to asked the government for food, it gave them bullets.

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Indonesia accused of slow genocide in Papua

BRISBANE (SE): A report from a fact-finding commission of the Justice and Peace Commission from Brisbane, Australia, has concluded that there is a slow motion genocide occurring in the Indonesian province of Papua.

It accuses Indonesia of wanting to replace the Christian religion of the indigenous Papuan population with Islam.

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Disgraced legal hero released

HONG KONG (UCAN): A Christian lawyer, Zhang Kai, who used the legal system to resist the ongoing campaign to remove crosses from public sight in Zhejiang, China, was released, just one month after he appeared on television to apologise for endangering state security, disturbing social order and receiving funding from foreign organisations.

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A call for non-violent resistance

HONG KONG (SE): The Church must display non-violent resistance towards the unjust policies of the government of Hong Kong as a witness to the power public opinion can have in society, as it can serve as a wakeup call to the sleeping consciences of those who normally sit on the sidelines of social issues.

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