19-Year Old Sri Lankan Worker Sentenced to Death in Saudi Arabia
Last month, a Shari'a court in Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia, sentenced Sri Lankan domestic worker, Rizana Nafeek to death. At the age of 17, Rizana had been employed as a babysitter for just two weeks when her employers' 4-month old baby died. Rizana was sentenced to death despite the fact that Saudi Arabia is a state party to the Convention of the Rights of the Child which expressly prohibits the death penalty for those under 18. Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher NISHA VARIA joins us to give an update on the international advocacy to demand a fair appeal for Rizana and to provide us some context about the situation of Sri Lankan migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
NISHA VARIA is senior researcher in the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. She has authored several reports, including investigations of human rights abuses against women migrant workers in Southeast Asia, intimidation and threats against women in Afghanistan, and gender-based violence against refugee women in Nepal. Most recently, she has traveled to Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia to document the situation of migrant female domestic workers. Find out more at http://hrw.org/campaigns/women/2006/domestic_workers/index.htm
Behind the "Made in China" Scare
The past week has been filled with headlines about toxic toothpaste, deadly toys, and wheat gluten-infested pet food. FOX News, NPR and CNN all report that the American public should be wary of food labeled "Made in China," with threats ranging from substandard ingredients to health violations. Is there more to this story - beyond dangerous foreign products infiltrating our neighborhood grocery stores and Walmarts? To take us behind the scenes, we speak with Professor PETER KWONG, an expert on labor and immigrant issues in the Asian American community.
PETER KWONG is Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is best known for his work on Chinese Americans and on modern Chinese politics. His latest books are Chinese America: The Untold Story of America's Oldest New Community and Chinese Americans: An Immigrant Experience, co-authored with his wife, Chinese historian Dusanka Miscevic.
4th Annual APIA Spoken Word & Poetry Summit
In our final segment, we preview a 3 day- event coming to New York this week, the annual Asian Pacific Islander American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit. Each year the Summit brings together APIA spoken word artists, performers, writers, community leaders, and arts educators to celebrate the arts as a critical, elemental component in building, empowering and transforming the community. We will be joined in the studio by community artist/activist/educators GEO and HANALEI RAMOS.
HANALEI RAMOS is a Filipina-American community organizer, educator, and performer from Jersey City, New Jersey. Most recently, she performed a solo act Guns and Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know at the National Asian-American Theater Festival in New York City in June. More at http://hanaleihanalei.blogspot.com/
Geologic is the emcee Seattle-based hiphop duo Blue Scholars. He is an experienced battle emcee and
spoken-word poet. More at www.bluescholars.com
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