SEOUL, 28 March 26 2013: Female flight attendants with South Korea’s Asiana Airlines on Tuesday won a long-running battle to overturn a skirts-only dress code after the national human rights commission ruled it discriminatory.
Starting from early next month, Asiana’s 3,000-odd female flight attendants will be allowed to wear trousers for the first time since the company came into existence 25 years ago, an airline statement said.
The decision came after the national rights watchdog, responding to an appeal lodged by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, ruled the existing dress code was “gender discriminatory”.
BANGKOK, 25 March 2013: ETN Publisher and Pacific Asia Travel Association board member, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, has thrown his support behind the Avaaz and Amnesty International campaigns to boycott the Maldives’ tourism industry.
He announced, Monday, that his publication, ETurboNews will not accept advertising or press releases from any Maldives government agency until the government ends human rights abuses against women.
ETN’s Online news called for tourism industry support for an outright boycott of Maldives’ tourism calling on the country’s leaders to end the practice of flogging as a form of punishment and amend laws to remove the provisions that allow flogging, as well as those that criminalise “fornication.”
PHNOM PENH, 21 November 2012: Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact over the weekend at their annual summit in which they also sought to step up pressure on China over a bruising territorial dispute.
Heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hailed their declaration on human rights as a landmark agreement that would help protect the region’s 600 million people.
“It’s a legacy for our children,” Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters after the signing ceremony.
WASHINGTON, 17 July 2012: The United States on Monday urged Myanmar to ensure transparency and human rights as US companies made a rare trip to explore business in a nation coming off decades of sanctions.
Two senior US officials joined executives of 38 companies on the weekend tour of the nation formerly known as Burma, days after President Barack Obama announced a controversial suspension of US investment including in oil and gas.
Robert Hormats, the under secretary of state in charge of business, met officials and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and voiced support for the dramatic recent reforms in the long-closed nation, the State Department said.
WASHINGTON, 11 April 2011 – The United States said Friday that Myanmar had far more to do to improve human rights after freeing Aung San Suu Kyi, in a report that also aired concern over Vietnam and Cambodia.
All three countries are important tourist destinations in the six-country Mekong region officially known as the Greater Mekong Sub-region by the donor agencies such as the Asian Development Bank.
The region comprises of China’s two provinces Guangxi and Yunnan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.