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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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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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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…
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South Korean, Indian Investments May Lead to Complicity in Abuses

(New York) - Proposed pipeline construction from gas fields off the coast of Burma is expected to exacerbate serious human rights abuses in Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on experience from previous oil and gas projects in Burma,…
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International Solidarity Letter with HIV/AIDS Activists

International NGO Solidarity Statement: US-Thai Free Trade Negotiations Threaten Access to Medicines; Activists Demand Suspension of Negotiations and End to TRIPS-plus IP Provisions Thai AIDS activists and their international allies are seeking…
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A "climate of fear." Threats against government opponents. A war on drugs and "dark forces." Thousands of unexplained killings. Human rights in Thailand under severe threat. That was hardly the environment the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)…