‘Long-lost’ fishermen in teary reunions with their families – Reported by The Nation

The continuing enslavement of fishermen in trawlers sustaining the global fishing industry continues to be uncovered. The following story was first published in The Nation | Attributed to Pratch Rujivanarom | The Nation April 11, 2015. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Long-lost-fishermen-in-teary-reunions-with-their-f-30257866.html “LONG-LOST” fishing workers and family members embraced in tearful reunions in Bangkok – some had not seen each other for up to...

Thai maritime human trafficking case studies released

Thailand Trafficking Case Studies Translations provided by the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN)   Case: 0827201400875 After being rescued, staff from Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) has contacted this fisherman’s father. Soon after hearing his father’s voice, he has let out his joy through tear. His employer has broke his contract which stated that he...

Thai Government makes right decision about prison labour program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joint NGO Press Statement January 22, 2015 Thai Government makes right decision about prison labour program   (Washington, D.C.) — The Government of Thailand announced last week that it will scrap a proposed project to recruit prisoners to work on Thai fishing boats. The announcement came after 45 labor and human...

Thailand will not recruit prisoners to work on fishing vessels

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND PRESS RELEASE 19 January 2015 Thailand will not recruit prisoners to work on fishing vessels On 16 January 2015, Mr. Sek Wannamathee, Director-General of the Department of Information, as a member of the Sub-committee on public relations and laws under the National Policy Committee to...

Thai Prison Labour Plan Draws International Condemnation: HRAS joins the call to the Thai Prime Minister

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 January 2015 Thai Prison Labour Plan Draws International Condemnation Rights and Labor Groups Concerned Work on Fishing Boats (Washington, D.C.) — More than a dozen labor and human rights organizations today sent a letter to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, asking him to end a pilot project...

Human Rights Watch – Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats

For Immediate Release Thailand: Don’t Supply Prisoners to Fishing Boats  End Pervasive Abuse in Fishery Sector (New York, December 11, 2014) – Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 4,...

Case Study: Human trafficking of Bangladeshi and Rohingya boat people in Thailand

BANGLADESHIS AND ROHINGYA BOATPEOPLE KIDNAPPED BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING GANGS TO BE SOLD INTO SLAVERY The figures of boatpeople recently discovered in captivity in Thailand reveal the extent of human trafficking between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. In the space of three days, Thai authorities in Takuapa district discovered more than 130...

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