More than 70 arrested in Myanmar after labor demonstration
- Police reportedly detained 71 protesters and charged 51 after they attempted to march from their wood-processing factory in Sagaing State to Naypyitaw, the capital.
- Protesters organized to call for organizing rights and the re-hiring of terminated factory workers.
- Myanmar’s government has come under fire from rights groups for a proposal to retain junta-era restrictions on assembly and free speech, including the exclusion of non-citizens (including the Rohingya minority) from demonstration rights.
“More than 50 people charged in Myanmar after protest: police” (Reuters)
“New Myanmar government proposes keeping some junta curbs on protests” (Reuters)
“Protest law changes fail international standards: Amnesty” (Frontier Myanmar)
Seychelles overturns sodomy law in victory for LGBT rights
- The Seychelles National Assembly voted in favor of abolishing a colonial-era law criminalizing sodomy, effectively legalizing same-sex relations in the archipelago nation.
- Seychelles joins fellow African Union members São Tomé e Príncipe and Mozambique in recent pro-LGBT legal reform.
- As in most countries around the world, the debate over decriminalization was dominated by religious concerns, with Catholics comprising 76% of the Seychellois population and Anglicans, the second largest religious community, comprising 6%.
“Seychelles parliament passes bill to decriminalize sodomy“(Seychelles News Agency)
“Seychelles repeals colonial-era law banning gay sex” (PinkNews)
“Tiny African victory: Seychelles repeals ban on gay sex” (Erasing 76 Crimes)
(Image Credit: Patrick Joubert/Seychelles News Agency)