Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Implementation of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

PRESS RELEASE Friday 28 September 2018 London. UK. Human Rights at Sea, alongside 41 civil society organisations, have today issued in Bangkok through HRW a joint statement to the Thai Government to pass a stand-alone forced labor law that meets international standards and contains significant penalties for violators. Statement “Almost 40 years ago, Thailand...

Thai Union and Nestlé Launch Demonstration Boat to Promote Human Rights in Fishing Industry

Friday, December 15, 2017 – 10:00am NEWSROOM: Nestlé CONTENT: Press Release BANGKOK, December 15, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Thai Union Group PCL and Nestlé have launched a demonstration boat to promote the human rights of workers in the Thai fishing industry. The boat is the first of its kind in Thailand. The two companies, in collaboration with...

Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile: Interview with Phil Robertson Human Rights Watch

HRAS Interview: Escaping the Tiger, Then Meeting the Crocodile Thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos cross the border into Thailand each year. They trade poverty at home for the possibility of relative prosperity abroad. A Thai proverb – escaping from the tiger, then meeting the crocodile – describes the fate of...

The HRAS Interview with Abby McGill: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand

HRAS Interview: Empowering Migrant Workers in Thailand It is promising that the Thai government and big industry players like Costco are getting involved in the fight against human rights abuses in the Thai fishing industry, but there is more work to be done. For Abby McGill, that work focus is on empowering Thailand’s migrant...

Press Release: Thailand must cease prosecution of human rights defenders

  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to overtly support the case of Andy Hall in Thailand alongside a global coalition of organisations spanning civil society in order to continue to highlight the abuses in the wrongful application of the rule of law towards human rights defenders through their arrest, detention and prosecution. 110 signatures from...

Thailand prematurely upgraded in annual anti-trafficking report

PRESS RELEASE Immediate Thailand prematurely upgraded in annual anti-trafficking report Move unwarranted and could slow progress, according to international coalition   (Washington, DC) – The U.S. State Department has removed Thailand from the lowest ranking in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in a move that an international coalition of human rights, labor...

Thailand: First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers

Press Release Trang Provincial Court Set First Court Hearing for Human Trafficking Case of  Migrant Fishing Boat Workers from Myanmar on 13 May 2016 Background On 21 October 2015, officers from the Anti-Human Trafficking Center, Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and local police officers plus civil society organizations have raided and rescued 11 Myanmar...

Building a Rights Culture: How Workers can Lead Change in Thai Seafood

Photo credit: MWRN A joint publication by the International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) and the Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN) Egregious labor rights abuses, including forced labor and human trafficking, have been documented across Thailand’s seafood sector in dozens of reports over more than a decade. Recently, unprecedented international attention on Thailand’s seafood industry,...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses

  Human Rights at Sea Press Release Human Rights at Sea joins with global organisations in letter to EU Commission concerning Thai fishing and human rights abuses Human Rights at Sea has joined fellow international labour, environmental and human rights organisations in support of a letter sent to Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for fisheries, maritime...

New EJF report and film: Thailand’s Seafood Slaves

Released today, EJF’s new report underscores the shortcomings in public and private sector efforts to combat human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage in Thailand’s fishing sector. A link to the accompanying film can be found here. EJF’s new investigation returns to Kantang to uncover that IUU fishing, modern slavery, torture and murder still plague the...

Thai Court sentences former official and orders him to pay compensation to Rohingya human trafficking victim

PRESS RELEASE: Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF)  Photo: The Maritime Executive. Thai court sentences former official and orders him to pay compensation to Rohingya human trafficking victim Songkhla Provincial Court sentenced Former member of the Satun PAO to 22 years and six months and ordered him to pay Rohingya human trafficking victim 126,900 baht...

Press Release: Human Rights at Sea supporting efforts to locate migrant vessels abandoned at sea off Thailand

PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE LONDON. 14 May 2015. Human rights at Sea (HRAS) continues to work directly with organisations in SE Asia in the on-going matters of abandoned migrants abandoned at sea by traffickers, including Reuters. In the last 48 hours alongside Quintel Intelligence based in London and the leading news agency, HRAS has been...

SE Asia migrant slow deaths at sea reported off Thailand

  Article first reported in Phuket Wan Tourism NewsPicture: HRAS. UPDATE We Beg for Your Help, Says Thirsty Boy as Passengers Weaken on Stranded Death Ship By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison Wednesday, May 13, 2015. BANGKOK: An exhausted refugee on a stranded boat told Phuketwan today that life is slowly ebbing from the...

HRAS Alert: Potential that 1000’s of trafficked persons have been abandoned at sea in SE Asia

HUMAN RIGHTS AT SEA PRESS RELEASE IMMEDIATE London. 12 May 2015. Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) has become aware through direct reporting to the organisation of the emerging issue of trafficked persons and migrants abandoned at sea predominantly comprised of the persecuted Rohingya people in the vicinity of the northern part of the Malacca...

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