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SOUTH KOREA: The livelihoods of elderly market tenants are in danger due to administrative neglect

More than 50 elderly tenants have struggled to protect their right to livelihood since being evicted on April 30, 2010. All of them were tenants of the Gocheck traditional business market and are currently protesting in front of Guro-gu administration office where many of them, being aged between 50 and 80, face health risks.

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PHILIPPINES: Negros and its people through my eyes--inequality before the law (Part 4)

Danilo Reyes The story of two elderly farmers, Marilyn Lanotes, of Hacienda Tres Hermanos and Uldarico Nalipay, of Hacienda Manuela, both in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, are just two of the many examples that can illustrate the inequality before the law between farmers and landowners and how the application of the law is abused to favour the latter.

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PHILIPPINES: Negros and its people through my eyes--language is their freedom (Part 3)

Danilo Reyes The island of Negros is divided into two dominant languages--Cebuano in the east and Hiligaynon in the west. The accent, words and the meaning of the spoken word in these languages is unique and different in their own way. However, to a certain extent a Cebuano speaker like me, with some basic knowledge of Hiligaynon, can get a sense of what is being said.

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PHILIPPINES: Negros and its people through my eyes--control begins at childhood (Part 2)

Danilo Reyes From the moment a child is born into a family of sugarcane workers he becomes an object of control in his society, community and even in his own family. For such a long time now the lives of the people have revolved around sugarcane planting and production that it is naturally assumed any children born into a sugarcane family will adapt to this way of life. It is such a certainty that they are taught to harvest sugarcane at the age of eight years.

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PHILIPPINES: Negros Island and its people through my eyes (Part 1)

Danilo Reyes I am not a Negrense, a term that refers to the inhabitants of the island of Negros. I am a Filipino but have never been to Negros until recently. While I can speak Cebuano, the language spoken in the eastern part of the island, Negros Oriental; the Hiligaynon language spoken in the western part of the island, Negros Occidental, is a language I have little knowledge of.

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SOUTH KOREA / INDIA: POSCO should take responsibility for the violent and bloody suppression of villagers protesting their steel plant project in Orissa, India

On May 15, 2010, all but 2 out of one hundred villagers were seriously injured while police were dispersing them. They had been peacefully protesting against the POSCO steel plant project in Orissa, India. According to reports published in India, the police reportedly fired rubber bullets, live ammunition and tear gas and then prevented the injured from securing medical treatment for six days.

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Small hands, big work: Girl domestic servants in Karachi

The use of children as domestic servants is one of the most pervasive forms of child labor in Pakistan. Children as young as five spend 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week, to earn money to support their families. An unfortunate social and institutional acceptance of this practice has made thousands of Pakistani children vulnerable to many forms of violence and abuse.

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The politics of starvation in Bangladesh

The problems of poverty and starvation in Bangladesh are well known to the rest of the world. The Center for Policy Dialogue, a Dhaka-based nongovernmental organization, recently released a report naming the country the 18th hungriest nation in the world. Quoting this NGO, local media have reported that 28.2 million people are still considered “ultra poor”, while 40 per cent of the country’s 150 million people are below the poverty level.

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'Emergency relief' fails to prevent child starvation in India

Between June-December 2008, at least 43 children died of malnutrition related illnesses in Khalwa block, Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, India. Far from being concerned, the state government blames the deaths on ‘diseases’ and ‘parental ignorance’, due to some of the parents belonging to a tribal community.

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