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Journalists at ‘Risk of Torture’, Labor Activists Behind Bars in China ahead of International Labor Day
Two Chinese journalists who helped migrant workers pursue compensation claims are at risk of torture, while at least 50 labor activists are behind bars in China ahead of International Labor Day on Wednesday, rights groupssaid.
Two labor journalists detained earlier this year in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have since been placed under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL), a special form of detention that is often associated with torture, the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement.
Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, both editors of labor rights news outletiLabour.net, were placed under RSDL on April 20, the group said. RSDL was set up ostensibly to handle individuals who pose a threat tonational security, but “is very often associated with torture,” it said.
“These journalists are in no way enemies of the state and only did their job by reporting on labor conditions in China,” RSF’s East Asia bureau chief Cédric Alviani said. He called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to “end the repeated violations against press freedom, a constitutional right in China, and immediately release all detained journalists and bloggers.”
Australian blogger Yang Hengjun and Chinese journalists Wang Xiaolu and Zhen Jianghua are also being held under the RSDL system, which has been frequently used to target journalists, it said.
Editor-in-chief Yang Zhengjun and his colleagues Wei and Ke all worked for the Xinshengdai (New Generation) website at www.ilabour.net at the time of their detentions.
All three had criticized life-threatening working conditions in someChinese factories, via their website which focused on news affectingChina’s tens of millions of internal migrant workers. They had alsosupported migrant workers from the central province of Hunan withcompensation claims for pneumoconiosis linked to their workplaces.
50 labor activists in detention
The online publication’s editor-in-chief, Yang, has also been detained by police since January. China will mark May Day this year with around 50 labor activists in some form of detention, according to the Hong Kong-based rights group China Labour Bulletin (CLB).
Hundreds of workers with pneumoconiosis from Sangzhi county in Hunan’sZhangjiajie recently signed an open letter to China’s official trade union, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, calling for the release of Wei, Ke and Yang.
“They haven’t done anything illegal, but they have been unfairly detained,” a worker surnamed Wang told RFA. “In fact, they are being persecuted.”
“They cared about us, and helped us by making various suggestions,” hesaid. “If they carry on persecuting people like this, then nobody will dare to help us, so that’s why we have signed this letter in their support.”
Wei’s wife Zheng Churan, who was one of five Chinese feminists detained ahead of International Women’s Day 2015 as they planned a public campaign against sexual harassment, said she felt very sad on the migrant workers’ behalf.
“My first feeling is extreme sadness, because these workers withpneumoconiosis have suffered so much hardship,” Zheng told RFA. “Whydoes the world treat people like this just for helping others? Does it serve people of conscience right if they lose their liberty?”
“But at the same time, I am very moved at this targeted support for the three editors from our migrant worker comrades,” she said.
‘Fight like a girl!’
Zheng recently began running towards a target of 10,000 kilometers in a bid to draw attention to Wei’s case. “I clocked up 4.04 kilometers today,” she said via her Twitter account onTuesday. “I was thinking about the Game of Thrones Episode 3 I saw last night.” “The so-called woman who saves the world! Fight like a girl! ! !,” Zheng wrote.
CLB said labor activists are being targeted amid growing labor disputes caused by a huge imbalance of power in the workplace in favor of employers.
“The imbalance of power in the workplace is huge, and workers need help to redress it,” the group said in a statement ahead of International Labor Day. “However, the crackdown on civil society labor groups has effectively neutralized many of those best placed to help.”
It called on the All-China Federation of Trade Union to “get their hands dirty.” “They need to go to construction sites, factories, logistics warehouses and food delivery stations across the country and recruit workers to the union,” CLB said.
“They need to galvanize workers, and help them elect representatives who are willing and able to take a firm stand with labor and against the exploitative and illegal practices of management.”
“For too long during the four decades of economic reform in China, nearly all the power in labor relations has been in the hands of capital,” said, warning that workers will be forced in the face recurring abuses to take more and more extreme measures to protect themselves. (RFA)
Reported by Han Jie for RFA’s Mandarin Service, and by the Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.
Between zoom meetings, webinars, you're walking a tight rope to balance work from home and domestic chores, in all this its easy to forget about taking care of yourself. It's imperative to squeeze in a few hours to indulge in yourself, whether its a massage or a hair spa treatment.
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The different styling attachments cater to unique hair needs and are designed for different hair styles. | File
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An international team of astronomers has identified 366 new exoplanets, using data from the NASA Kepler Space Telescope's K2 mission. The findings, described in a paper published in the Astronomical Journal, showed a planetary system that comprises a star and at least two gas giant planets, each roughly the size of Saturn and located unusually close to one another.
The discovery is significant because it's rare to find gas giants -- like Saturn in the solar system -- as close to their host star as they were in this case. The researchers cannot yet explain why it occurred there, but it makes the finding especially useful because it could help scientists form a more accurate understanding of the parameters for how planets and planetary systems develop.
An international team of astronomers has identified 366 new exoplanets, using data from the NASA Kepler Space Telescope's K2 mission. | NASA
"The discovery of each new world provides a unique glimpse into the physics that play a role in planet formation," said lead author Jon Zink, a UCLA postdoctoral scholar. The findings could be a significant step toward helping astronomers understand which types of stars are most likely to have planets orbiting them and what that indicates about the building blocks needed for successful planet formation, acoording to the study. "We need to look at a wide range of stars, not just ones like our sun, to understand that," Zink said.
The term "exoplanets" is used to describe planets outside of the solar system. The number of exoplanets that have been identified by astronomers numbers fewer than 5,000 in all, so the identification of hundreds of new ones is a significant advance. Kepler's original mission came to an unexpected end in 2013 when a mechanical failure left the spacecraft unable to precisely point at the patch of sky it had been observing for years.
But astronomers repurposed the telescope for a new mission known as K2, whose objective is to identify exoplanets near distant stars. Data from K2 is helping scientists understand how stars' location in the galaxy influences what kind of planets are able to form around them. (IANS/ MBI)
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By Dr Anil Batra
The winter comes with its own set of hassles. New moms have to be careful because they have to take care of themselves and their babies. It becomes imperative to protect babies from the harsh season. The immune system of newborn babies is developing, which makes them susceptible to respiratory infections. But, you can take preventive measures to keep your child warm and safe. Newborn babies need extra care until their immune system becomes stronger to protect their bodies from the harmful effects of viruses and bacteria that usually become more active in the winter season. A drop in the temperature can aggravate different processes in the body, therefore, moms need to take extra care of newborn babies during winters.
New moms can follow the given tips to take care of their little ones and protect them from the harmful effects of harsh winds blowing outside.
Keep the temperature warm in the baby's room: Use a portable heater in the baby's room to keep the temperature warm. The air becomes dry due to the excessive use of a heater. Therefore, keeping a humidifier to balance the moisture levels.
Apply moisturizer: The baby's skin is very sensitive and the harsh, dry, and cold air can make the skin dry. Therefore, apply a good moisturizer to keep it soft and smooth. Choose a moisturizer made of milk cream and butter, especially for children. This will keep the skin of your baby soft.
Massage: Massage is important to keep your baby's skin soft and healthy. Massage helps to improve the blood circulation in the body that helps in boosting strength. Use a natural oil to massage the body of your child. Make sure the room is warm where you massage the baby.
Massage helps to improve the blood circulation in the body that helps in boosting strength. | Photo by Khoa Pham on Unsplash
Avoid using heavy blankets: You can comfort your baby by laying a light blanket to keep your baby warm. Avoid using a heavy blanket to cover your baby during winters because your baby would not be able to move his arms and legs while sleeping. In this process, your baby may pull it up on its face and this can cause respiratory distress. Thus, use a light blanket and keep the room temperature optimum.
Dress your baby comfortably: Choose comfortable dressing for your baby. Avoid wrapping your baby in thick sweaters, gloves, and socks. This will restrict its movement and he/she will become irritable. Choose clothes depending on the room temperature. The clothes should cover his/her baby but should not restrict movement. You can use light gloves and socks to cover your hands and feet to keep your baby warm at night.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is the most important activity that can keep your baby healthy. Breast milk consists of required nutrients and antibodies that will enhance the immune system of your baby and will protect him/her against diseases. During breastfeeding your baby will feel warm and cosy that will also give him comfort.
Avoid using a heavy blanket to cover your baby during winters because your baby would not be able to move his arms and legs while sleeping | Flickr
Maintain proper hygiene: Mothers should be careful when handling newborn babies in winters. You will be the first point of contact for your baby. Therefore, make sure you keep yourself clean and healthy. Wash your hands before handling your baby. Germs can easily enter your baby's body through your dirty hands. Therefore, make sure you wash your hands or sanitize them before attending to your baby. Also, ask visitors to wash their hands.
Take care outdoors: If you want to take your child outdoors make sure it is not freezing temperature. Take your child out for fresh air only if the temperature is not too cold and remember to cover your baby properly before taking them out. Taking your baby out will help to give fresh air and will improve their health.
Common issues that may arise in newborn babies during winters:
Winter brings flu and other viruses that can easily spread and affect anyone. Common issues that may arise in newborn babies during winters include the following:
- Skin allergies
- Digestive issues
Parents can take care of their newborn babies from various diseases that may affect them in the winters in the following ways:
* If your baby suffers during the winter season, you should consult a pediatrician.
* You can give a homemade solution if your baby suffers from a cold. Check with the doctor and you can only give a saline solution or nasal drops.
* Keep your baby well hydrated. Keep breastfeeding your baby and also give water if necessary.
* Cuddle your baby lovingly and give him warmth along with other precautions.
* In the first winter, you can take preventive measures to take care of your little ones and keep them safe. Maintain proper hygiene and keep your house warm. Avoid visitors if your child is not feeling well.
It is not necessary to give a bath to your baby every day. You can bathe your baby after 2-3 days in winter. | Photo by Aditya Romansa on Unsplash
How often to give a bath to your baby in winter?
It is not necessary to give a bath to your baby every day. You can bathe your baby after 2-3 days in winter. You can sponge bathe your newborn every other day in winter. Check the temperature of the room before giving a bath to your baby. The room temperature should be warm and comfortable for your baby. Check the temperature of the water. Make sure the water is not too hot or cold. The temperature of the water should be right for the body of your baby. Check the temperature by touching the water with your elbow or wrist. Use mild soap and shampoo to bathe your baby in winter. Also, apply oil and moisturizer to the skin to keep it soft and prevent skin allergies. (IANS/ MBI)
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