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  • Uzbeki Workers Unaware of Laws Concerning Child Labor 17 Jun 2014

    Uzbeki Workers Unaware of Laws Concerning Child Labor

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly condemns child labor practices in Uzbekistan. A recent survey conducted by human rights activists shows that farmers in Tashkent are unaware of measures taken by the government to eliminate child labor. Since 2008, a public information campaign against child labour has been outlined in the national plan of the cabinet of ministers, but its implementation is yet to be realized. The government including Association and the Women’s Committee of the Uzbek... read more


  • Sri Lanka: Sectarian Violence on the Rise 17 Jun 2014

    Sri Lanka: Sectarian Violence on the Rise

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) condemns the sectarian violence in southern Sri Lanka that claimed the lives of three Muslims and injured more than 78 people. The violence erupted in the town of Aluthgama following a large rally of the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to protest an alleged assault of a monk visiting the local temple by a Muslim youth. Homes, shops and mosques were reportedly attacked and some set ablaze. Despite a curfew and... read more


  • Afghanistan’s Historic Democratic Transition 15 Jun 2014

    Afghanistan’s Historic Democratic Transition

    iaIGO congratulates Afghanistan on the successful implementation of the second round of the presidential election. Men and women across the country came out to vote to shape the future of their country and to reject violence and intimidation. The presidential election marks the first-ever transfer of power from one elected leader to another in Afghan history. The first round of presidential election was held on April 5 where voters were choosing between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to... read more


  • Pakistan Airport Attack Condemned 09 Jun 2014

    Pakistan Airport Attack Condemned

    International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Pakistan’s airport that has killed at least 23 people. Heavily armed gunmen attacked the Karachi international airport in Pakistan on Sunday. Army commandos were called in and gunfire lasted for more than five hours. Although an army spokesman said that all 10 of the gunmen had been killed, gunfire has resumed this morning and has injured at least one policeman. Pakistan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the... read more


  • Pakistani Government Urged to Implement Minimum Wage 09 Jun 2014

    Pakistani Government Urged to Implement Minimum Wage

    International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) advocates for workers’ right to a minimum wage while encouraging Pakistani civil societies and workers unions to demand to their government to implement the minimum wage level set for the year 2014. Minimum wage was introduced in Pakistan in 1992 and has continued to increase annually. In this particular year, it rose from PKR 10,000 In the year 2013 to PKR 12,000. However, in reality, lax regulations and a weak legal framework prevent... read more


  • India Child Trafficking Case: Take Immediate Action 04 Jun 2014

    India Child Trafficking Case: Take Immediate Action

    International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) urges authorities in the Indian state of Kerala to immediately investigate and monitor the child trafficking case discovered last week. More than 500 young children were brought to Kerala on different trains from the northern Indian states of Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, to be admitted into two orphanages in the state. Officials say the vast majority did not have any official travel documents and were transported despites its detrimental effect on their... read more


  • India: Uphold the Right to Peaceful Assembly 03 Jun 2014

    India: Uphold the Right to Peaceful Assembly

    iaIGO denounces the use of water cannons by Indian police to disperse hundreds of protesters in Uttar Pradesh, where two teenage girls were gang-raped and hanged earlier this week. The protesters, many of them women, were demonstrating outside the office of state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding for an end to violence against women. However, police in the city of Lucknow violently used force and water cannons to keep back hundreds of protesters. Meanwhile, another woman has been found... read more


  • Myanmar: Ensure Access to Healthcare for Rohingya 02 Jun 2014

    Myanmar: Ensure Access to Healthcare for Rohingya

    iaIGO expresses concern for lack of available healthcare access to Rohingya refugees in camps, particularly the Kyein Nyi Pyin camp where 4,000 Rohingya currently reside. Hundreds of pregnant women, sick children, elderly men and women are currently suffering and dying due to limited or no access to medicine and basic healthcare assistance. Last month, nine people at Kyein Nyi Pyin camp, of which seven were young children, died due to no access to doctors or hospitals. The international aid... read more


  • India: End Violence Against Women 31 May 2014

    India: End Violence Against Women

    iaIGO condemns the death of two teenage girls, who were gang-raped and left hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh, a northern village in India. The victims’ belonged to a low caste, which is one of the factors leading to the rape. The families accused three brothers of carrying out the rape and killing. Two of the brothers are now in custody, while the police are still searching for the third one. The local police authorities have been accused... read more


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