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Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until…
People march in Budapest, Hungary during a July 26, 2021 protest against the Hungarian government over reports that it has used Pegasus spyware.
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Oil and Gas Firm PTT Should Cut Ties with Military Enterprises, Abusive Cronies

(Bangkok) – Thailand’s majority state-owned oil and gas company, PTT, is partnering with military-linked companies to expand its engagement in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today. This growth comes on top of the half a billion dollars PTT already…
Anti-coup protesters run from teargas deployed by the police during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, March 1, 2021.
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(Bangkok) – The recent Thai Ministry of Justice’s decision to grant a human rights award to a company currently facing trial for human rights abuses casts serious concerns on the government’s commitment to upholding human rights especially in the in the…
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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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Time and Cost-Cutting Pressures Are Incentives for Labor Abuses

(London) – Clothing and footwear brands should end business practices that provide incentives for factory labor abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 66-page report, “‘Paying for a Bus Ticket and Expecting to…
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Forced labor and other rights abuses are widespread in Thailand’s fishing fleets despite government commitments to comprehensive reforms. The report and a 15-minute film were released at a briefing at the European Parliament on January 23, 2018.…
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The long-awaited moment has finally come. Ten years after the project was initiated, President Emmanuel Macron will inaugurate the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, the so-called “Island of Happiness” in the United Arab Emirates on November 8, 2017.…
Drawn by the promise of jobs, thousands of men from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal work on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a development project which will host branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and a New
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Harsh Sentence for Andy Hall Will Chill Research on Workers’ Rights

(New York) – A Thai court’s conviction of the British researcher Andy Hall for his work on labor abuses will have a serious chilling effect on workers’ rights monitoring in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 20, 2016, the Bangkok South…
Labor activist Andy Hall was found guilty of criminal defamation and violating the Computer Crime Act on September 20, 2016.
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Children in Ghana Pay the Price

In the last decade, Dubai has become an important hub for the global gold trade. Around 40 percent of all gold traded on the international market flows through the “city of gold,” as Dubai likes to call itself. This week, gold refiners, traders, bankers,…
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Construction Firms Should Adopt New Guidelines

(Beirut) – Human Rights Watch today issued a set of guidelines to protect migrant construction workers. International and domestic companies operating in Gulf Cooperation Council countries should adopt the standards to ensure that they and their…
Drawn by the promise of jobs, thousands of men from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal are working on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates.
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A Raw Deal Abuse of Thai Workers in Israel’s Agricultural Sector Summary Recommendations To the Government of Israel Improve Inspections Procedures …
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Mr. Mike Duke President and CEO Walmart Stores, Inc. 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716 Cc: Mr. Rajan Kamalanathan Vice President of Ethical Standards Walmart Stores, Inc. 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716 Re: Phatthana…
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Mr. Paiboon Dussadeevutikul Managing Director Phatthana Seafood Co., Ltd 44/2-3 Soi Charoenkrung 69 Yannawa, Sathorn Bangkok 10120 Thailand Re: Labor Rights Concerns at Songkhla factory Dear Mr. Paiboon Dussadeevutikul, I am writing on behalf of…
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Mr. Mike Duke President and CEO Walmart Stores, Inc. 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716 Cc: Mr. Rajan Kamalanathan Vice President of Ethical Standards Walmart Stores, Inc. 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716 Re: Phatthana…