• Sep 5, 2012
    Egypt should use its increased security force presence in the Sinai Peninsula to free hundreds of migrants held for ransom and abused by human traffickers and other criminals. Security forces should detain, investigate, and prosecute the traffickers.
  • Jun 20, 2012
    The European Union’s (EU) effectiveness to promote rights improvements in Central Asia is hampered by its reticence to articulate clear expectations for reform and follow through with policy consequences when those expectations are not met.

Reports

Trafficking

  • Sep 5, 2012
    Egypt should use its increased security force presence in the Sinai Peninsula to free hundreds of migrants held for ransom and abused by human traffickers and other criminals. Security forces should detain, investigate, and prosecute the traffickers.
  • Jun 20, 2012
    The European Union’s (EU) effectiveness to promote rights improvements in Central Asia is hampered by its reticence to articulate clear expectations for reform and follow through with policy consequences when those expectations are not met.
  • May 31, 2012

    As stated in our April 16 letter, Human Rights Watch has received credible information about serious labor rights abuses at a Phatthana shrimp-processing factory located in Muang district, Songkhla province, in Thailand. We have also received credible information indicating that the Phatthana factory in Songkhla has supplied shrimp for Walmart or the Walmart-owned company Sam’s Club.

  • Apr 19, 2012

    Human Rights Watch has received credible allegations indicating that serious labor rights abuses have been occurring at the Songkhla factory, as well as in connection with recruitment companies who supply workers to the factory. It is our understanding that most of the workers at the factory are from Cambodia and Burma.

  • Apr 15, 2012

    I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to request information about Walmart’s business relationship with Phatthana Seafood Co., Ltd of Thailand (“Phatthana”). We understand that Phatthana is a member of the Rubicon Group, a leading supplier of seafood and shrimp to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the United States and other countries. Phatthana runs a seafood factory located at 70/8 Moo 3, Khao-rup-chang, Muang district, in Songkhla province in Thailand. Human Rights Watch has received credible information indicating that this factory processes shrimp for Phatthana, and that the company has shipped Phatthana-processed shrimp to Walmart in the United States.

  • Oct 14, 2011
    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s proposed ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia should be accompanied by a major overhaul in protections for these workers. On October 14, 2011, Hun Sen promised an opposition lawmaker, Mu Sochua, to halt migration in the wake of repeated complaints of abuse during recruitment in Cambodia and employment in Malaysia.
  • Oct 12, 2011

    The fate of millions of migrant workers in the Middle East has been all but forgotten amid the Arab Spring. Migrant domestic workers, the nannies and housekeepers from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia, desperately need another revolution.

  • Jun 29, 2011
    Being forced into domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. Yet it remains one of the most invisible, including meager media coverage and law enforcement efforts. On June 27, the US State Department released its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, an annual ranking of how well -- or how badly -- countries around the world are doing to fight modern forms of slavery. The report is a sobering litany of horrific abuses, including against domestic workers, and the faltering efforts of many governments to stop these crimes.
  • Jan 19, 2011
    The European Union rule-of-law mission in Kosovo should appoint an independent, high-level prosecutor to investigate alleged crimes by former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
  • Dec 15, 2010
    The United States and European governments should demand thorough and impartial criminal investigations in Kosovo and Albania into allegations of serious crimes by former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members.