Sex Worker Abuse ‘On The Rise’ in Hong Kong And Most of The Alleged Abusers Are Police Officers
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong, 12/31/2016
Zi Teng, which offers support for prostitutes, received 615 reports of physical and verbal abuse relating to both police and clients in 2016, up from 225 in 2015. The most serious cases, concerning clients, included grievous bodily harm, rape, robbery and fraud. Police were reported on 490 occasions for a catalogue of alleged abuses, including 225 cases of arbitrary arrest, when sex workers were not told why they were being held, and 100 cases of excessive licence checks, when they were approached and questioned several times on the same day.
India Opens First School for Transgender Pupils
The Indian Express - Kochi, India, 12/30/2016
India’s first transgender school opened in Kochi on December 30, 2016. The school, named Sahaj International, was inaugurated by transgender activist, writer and actor Kalki Subramaniam at Thrikkakara in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. This alternative learning centre works in collaboration with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The school, the first of its kind in the country, is expected to go a long way in ensuring equal opportunities for transgenders who have dropped out from school. The new learning centre will help them continue their education and appear for Class X and XII examinations.
KP Govt Formally Launches First Population Policy
Daily Times - Peshawar, Pakistan, 12/30/2016
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government formally launched its population policy aimed at stabilising the population growth rate of the province, making efficient use of the available resources, setting population specific targets, objectives and an implementation frame work to control the highly unregulated population growth rate. Under the 18th constitutional amendment, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Government developed its first Population Policy which was approved by the provincial government in 2015. The proposed population policy advocates a holistic multi-sectoral approach to influence fertility, mortality and migration, as well as the size, structure and growth rates of the population are both a means to and outcomes of sustainable development.
Minister Warns NGO Over Brick Kilns Report
The Cambodia Daily, Cambodia, 12/30/2016
In its research for ‘Build on Slavery,’ published on December 2, 2016, Licadho spent about three months visiting brick factories clustered around 11 different sites surrounding Phnom Penh that included more than 100 operators employing thousands of workers. The NGO said it found an entrenched practice of illegal debt bondage in which the owners secured loans to their employees with their labour and paid such low piecework rates that parents were pressured to put their children to work just to earn enough money to eat. It said there was no excuse for local authorities not to be aware of the widespread labour abuses, which were committed with impunity.
Teen Pregnancy Rate Remains High in Yogyakarta
The Jakarta Post - Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 12/29/2016
The number of adolescents giving birth following premarital sex in Yogyakarta has remained high, reaching at least 720 from January to November 2016, data from an NGO concerned with sexual and reproductive rights showed. The director of the Yogyakarta chapter of the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (PKBI), Gama Triono, said that although the number of teen pregnancy cases might not be as high as in the previous year, 1,078, 2016’s figure was alarming.