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<p>The Thai criminal court has dismissed criminal defamation charges against Andy Hall, a British human rights defender and migration researcher. This is one of the four libel cases filed by a processed fruit company after Hall publicised poor human rights records and abusive labour conditions in the company’s factories.</p> <p>Phra Khanong Provincial Court, Bangkok, on Wednesday morning dismissed the first criminal libel case against Andy Hall, a freelance human rights and migration researcher, due incorrect investigation procedures. &nbsp;</p>
By Kongpob Areerat |
<div> <div>About 4,000 illegal migrant children are arbitrarily arrested in Thailand and detained separately from their parents in inhumane conditions without adequate food, healthcare, or space, according to the latest report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Moreover, migrant children aged nine to 12 are kept in the same cells in detention centres as adult prisoners on various charges. &nbsp;This makes them directly and indirectly vulnerable to violence committed by the adult prisoners. </div></div>
<div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As of 19th June 2014, Human Rights Watch has <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFXJJjbE89SQTHOwasPvlNN8Aoc4g">reported</a> several hundred thousand migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos fleeing Thailand. An estimated 220,000 Cambodian workers have returned to the safety of their own country in fear of the Junta’s action against illegal migrant workers. </div>
<p>The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) – a coalition of 21 NGOs working on the promotion of Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law in Cambodia deplores the decision of the Thai junta to deport Cambodian migrants en masse and demands that their deportation is carried out in a manner which respects their human rights</p>
By Andy Hall |
<div>An estimated 2 million migrants from Myanmar working across Thailand remain anxious to an irrational deadline imposed on permission to work here. The two countries agreed in 2003 that these workers could remain in Thailand only for 4 years before returning home for at least 3 years prior to any possible return.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This limit on migrant’s stay in Thailand was imposed on ‘legal’ workers who, since 2009, completed a Nationality Verification regularisation process (NV). </div>
By Human Rights and Development Foundation |
<div>On 19 June 2013, the Pitsanuloke Administrative Court, Pitsanuloke Province, ruled in the case between Ms. Ma Maw Di Yan, aka "Juju", the procurator of Zamira, aka "Zalima", v Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), the first defendant, and Mae Sot Municipality, the second defendant. The case is centers on alleged breaches or violations committed by administrative agencies owing to negligence of their duties as provided by law. The Mae Sot Municipality, the second defendant, was found guilty by the Court for failing to maintain, monitor, and repair power grid system on public roads under its charge. As a result, the girl, Zalima, got injured and later died. The Mae Sot Municipality has been ordered to provide 750,000 baht as compensation to the plaintiff for the loss of a source of support. The compensation shall be paid within 90 (ninety) days from the date of the final verdict. The case against the Provincial Electricity Authority has been dismissed.</div> <p></p>
By International Labor Rights Forum |
<p>Washington, D.C. – The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) will honor the Burmese Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) and the State Enterprises Workers’ Relations Federation (SERC) with the 2013 International Labor Rights Award for their groundbreaking work in defending migrant workers in Thailand. The ILRF’s International Labor Rights Award is given annually to recognize the significant contributions of labor rights advocates toward achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide.</p> <p></p>
By Finnwatch |
<p>Thailand's authorities must immediately launch an investigation into &nbsp;the operations of Natural Fruit and its parent company NatGroup. Human rights issues must be tackled also in the ongoing free trade agreement negotiations between Thailand and the EU.</p> <p></p>
By Front Line Defenders |
<p>On 22 February 2013, human rights defender Mr Andy Hall was informed that a criminal lawsuit had been lodged against him, at Nakhon Prathom court on 14 February 2013. The case is based on a complaint filed by the Thai fruit processor Natural Fruit Company Limited in Pranburi Prachuapkirikhan Province.</p> <p></p>
<p>We, the undersigned 67 civil society organizations, trade unions and groups are shocked with the recent decision of the Malaysian cabinet on 30/1/2013 to allow employers of migrant workers to recover levy that they paid the government to employ foreign workers from migrant workers through wage deductions.&nbsp;</p> <p></p>
By Finnwatch |
<p>Pineapple processing company Natural Fruit is suspected of serious violations of basic human and labour rights.</p> <p>According to the workers of a Natural Fruit factory in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, the company &nbsp;employs around 200 undocumented migrants from neigbouring Myanmar, including dozens of 14–17 year old children. About 700 of the factory's 800 employees are migrants.</p>