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Published on October 6th, 2014 | by admin

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Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Monday Oct 6th, 2014

Photo: Photo by Alasdair Baverstock

43 Mexican College Students Vanished; believed to have been killed by the police: The minute they heard their son was one of the missing normalista students believed to have been killed by police in Mexico, Manuel and Hilda González got on a bus and traveled nine hours to make it here, the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa Normal School, in the southern state of Guerrero. Their son, César Manuel González Hernández, is 19 and a second-year teaching student at Ayotzinapa, a Revolutionary-era rural teachers college known nationally for the ardently leftist politics that guide everything the students do and study. César is now among the 43 normalista students missing since September 26, when a series of chaotic police attacks left six people dead in the city of Iguala, Guerrero. Read more at vice.com 


Iran Frees Wife of Jailed Washington Post Reporter: Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, The National, said Monday that Iran has released its correspondent Yeganeh Salehi on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, remains in detention. The paper cited Ali Rezaian, Jason’s brother, as saying the 30-year-old reporter was freed on bail late last week. It quoted him as saying the two were “physically healthy” and that Ms. Salehi had been allowed to visit her husband recently. Jason Rezaian, 38, has American and Iranian citizenship. The two were detained together with two other journalists on July 22. The two other reporters were later freed. Iranian officials haven’t said why the four were detained. Officials weren’t available for comment on the reported release, and there were no reports on it in state media. Rad more at wsj.com 

 

South and North Korea Agree to New Talks: South and North Korea agreed on Saturday to resume high-level talks this year, raising hopes for a thaw in the long-tense relations on the divided Korean Peninsula. A statement from South Korea did not specify what would be discussed. But South Korea had proposed in August that senior officials meet to discuss a new round of reunions of family members separated by the Korean War six decades ago, a program that has proceeded in fits and starts for years as inter-Korean relations have fluctuated. The North had rejected the August overture, insisting that Seoul first stop activists in the South from sending balloons into North Korea bearing antigovernment propaganda. Read more at nytimes.com 


Human trafficking – Assam registers 250 cases in last 2 years: Assam has registered over 250 cases of human trafficking in the last two years, while 200 arrests were made in this regard. Till May this year, Guwahati registered four cases, while Sonitpur and Nagaon registered six cases each. In 2013, Sonitpur had registered 22 such cases, followed by Guwahati with 15 cases. In 2014 (till May), 26 victims were rescued. In 2013, nearly 160 victims were rescued from the clutches of traffickers. The conviction rate, however, remained abysmally low over the years. With reference to various reports, the International Labour Organisation estimates that around 2.4 million men, women and children are internationally and domestically trafficked for various illegal purposes at any given point of time. Read more at assamtribune.com

 

Afghan women’s daily battle against abuse: The women affairs office in Taloqan, the capital of the northern Afghan province of Takhar, remains busy as distressed women and family members line up for help. One such woman is Sadia whose husband, a militiaman, recently cut off her genitals. She left her husband’s home after the horrific incident. “The women affairs office here has guided this case every step of the way,” Razmara Hawash, who is in charge of the office in Takhar told Al Jazeera, referring to Sadia’s case. “If we had not, then they would have used either money or power to get her back. Her husband and his family are powerful people.” Read more at aljazeera.com
A story on Pakistani women in police and security forces: The UAE’s fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri recently captured the world’s attention due to her role in launching air strikes on the IS. Mariam broke a barrier to become the first female fighter pilot in her home country and it made headlines throughout the major media outlets. We should take advantage of the world’s attention over this issue and highlight the progress that women continue to make by breaking through gender barriers within Pakistan. There is no denying that women are under-represented in Pakistan’s security forces. Recent figures show that women still make up less than one per cent of the national police force. But it was only 20 years ago that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto established the first women’s police station in Rawalpindi. At least 20 such stations are in operation throughout the country today. Over the past three years, we have seen close to a 20 per cent increase in the number of reported female police. There were 3,700 reported in 2011 compared with today’s 4,400 policewomen. Female officers can now be seen patrolling Lahore on motorbikes and directing traffic in Islamabad. Read more at tribune.com.pk 
Files related to ex-chief untraceable, admits CIC: In an embarrassing disclosure the Central Information Commission has admitted that records related to former chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah were untraceable. In an RTI response, the commission said the lost files related to Habibullah’s resignation are not readily traceable, raising questions about record-keeping in the CIC. “The concerned file containing the communication relating to then Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah regarding his resignation are not readily traceable though efforts have been made. The information will be provided as and when available,” Sushil Kumar, deputy secretary at the CIC, said in response to Lokesh Batra. Read more at timesofindia.com

 

China Cuts Thousands of ‘Phantom’ Workers From State Payroll: China’s government removed tens of thousands of “phantom employees” from state payrolls amid a campaign by President Xi Jinping to crack down on corruption and eliminate waste. A total of 162,629 employees who had continued to draw salaries after leaving their posts were cleared out of central and provincial governments, state-controlled financial companies and universities as of Sept. 25, the official People’s Daily reported yesterday. The country also disposed of 114,418 government vehicles, it said in a separate report. The moves build on Xi’s broader anti-graft campaign to crack down on the abuse of power by officials after he became head of the Communist Party in November, 2012. Central government agencies cut their fleet by 37 percent last year, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and Ministry of Supervision. Xi’s government has also cut spending on business travel and entertainment. Read more at bloomberg.com


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