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Baseless criminal defamation cases undercut labor rights protections

Joint Letter 26 October 2020 We, the undersigned twelve human rights organizations, call on Thailand’s government to immediately end the harassment through the judicial system of journalist Suchanee Cloitre and to take concrete steps to protect…
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Ratify the ILO Work in Fishing Convention

Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions. To protect this vulnerable group, the…
A trawler comes into port in Ratsada, Phuket, May 22, 2016.
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Government Should Better Protect Victims of Labor Abuses

  In an important verdict for the protection of labor rights and freedom of expression in Thailand, a magistrates court in Bangkok on Wednesday acquitted 14 Burmese migrant workers of criminal defamation charges for filing a complaint against…
A worker tends to chickens at a farm in Thailand.
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Paper Reforms Not Enough to End Forced Labor; Implementation Lagging

(Bangkok) – The Thai government should undertake further reforms and act to eradicate forced labor and trafficking in the Thai fishing industry, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. “Under…
Migrant workers prepare to unload their catch at a port in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, January 22, 2018.
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14 Migrants Face Year in Prison for Alleged Defamation

  (New York) – The Thai government should publicly oppose in court the criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers for filing a complaint against their employer with Thailand’s human rights commission, Human Rights Watch…
A worker tends to chickens at a farm in Thailand.
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Reforms Fall Short of Addressing EU, US Concerns

(Brussels) – Forced labor and other rights abuses are widespread in Thailand’s fishing fleets despite government commitments to comprehensive reforms, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report and a 15-minute film were…
A fisher at the prow of a boat, mooring rope in hand, as the vessel arrives in port in Pattani, August 12, 2016.
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Re: Thailand’s designation in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

July 27, 2015   The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520  …
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Agricultural Workers Need Protection

(Jerusalem) – Thai agricultural workers in Israel face serious labor rights abuses because Israeli authorities are failing to enforce their own laws, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Israeli authorities should take immediate steps to…
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Oral Statement at the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council - June 3rd, 2011

Mr. President, we would like to thank Jorge Bustamante, the outgoing Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, for his work, make a few observations on his final report, and raise serious concerns about human rights abuses against migrant…
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Protection of Migrants’ Rights in 2009

SummaryKey RecommendationsWomen Migrant Domestic WorkersMigrant Construction WorkersRight to HealthDiscriminatory Treatment of MigrantsTreatment of Migrants Crossing Borders2009 Human Rights Watch Reports on Migrants Summary Migrants drowning at sea…
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Deaths, Labor Exploitation, Violence, and Poor Treatment in Detention

(New York) - Many governments' policies toward migrants worldwide expose them to human rights abuses including labor exploitation, inadequate access to health care, and prolonged detention in poor, overcrowded conditions, Human Rights Watch said today in…
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Child labor on cocoa farms 'tip of the iceberg'

(New York, April 1, 2003) - West African governments are failing to address a rampant traffic in child labor that could worsen with the region’s growing AIDS crisis, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today. The 79-page report, “…