The world yesterday commemorated International Labour Day, honouring an essential segment of society whose importance most people in Thailand tend to overlook – despite widespread media coverage in recent years regarding gross violations of the rights of the 60,000-plus low-skilled labourers, mainly foreign migrants, working in this country. Concerns about these abuses echoed through the overseas press, to which private firms and government agencies abroad responded with a range of actions that included threats of economic sanctions and boycotts of Thai seafood products, based on humanitarian grounds. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has just released a video to be distributed among foreign workers in Thailand, explaining crucial information in Thai, Khmer and Burmese. “Ensuring that they are aware of their rights and know how to find help to protect them is essential to preventing and ending abusive labour practices,” the organisation declared yesterday. … [Read more...] about On Labour Day, the labourers ignored
Thai fishing slavery
By The Associated Press Mon., April 2, 2018 BANGKOK—Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have stepped up patrols to intercept a boat thought to be carrying dozens of people from Burma’s beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority seeking refuge in the country. Meanwhile, an expert on the plight of the Rohingya said the sighting of the boat people does not portend a new exodus by sea. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it has increased patrols in the Malacca Straits and Andaman Sea, especially near Langkawi island, after hearing of Sunday’s stopover of a fishing boat with 56 people at an island in southern Thailand’s Krabi province. Read more: Burma parliament elects Win Myint, loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi, as new president Article Continued Below Burma considers law that could restrict work of UN, non-governmental groups Burma couple risks lives for love amid Rohingya crisis The boat stopped at the island because it had … [Read more...] about Malaysia has stepped up patrols to intercept boat said to be carrying refugees from Burma
Across the globe, democracy, freedoms and the rule of law are collapsing. Our planet is suffering from increasing uncontrolled migration due to resource extraction limits and global climate change which is compounding rising authoritarianism and xenophobia in countries like Myanmar. Thailand, a key middle power in Southeast Asia with great potential to lead, remains trapped in a golden cage of complacency. For example, Freedom House's "Freedom in the World 2018" report shows 45% of countries are free, 30% are partly free, and 25% are not free. As 71 countries suffered net declines in freedom, with only 35 registering gains, 2017 saw the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.Globally, the world is experiencing a wave of populist authoritarianism, rolling back a wave of democracy that lasted barely into the 21st century before dwindling.In Asean, no nations are now free. Indonesia, once under a brutal authoritarian regime, now actually scores highest for political rights and … [Read more...] about Trapped in a gilded cage of complacency
KUALA LUMPUR: Trafficked into work and routinely abused, migrant fishermen in Thailand are still subject to forced labour despite efforts by the government to clean up the industry, advocacy groups said on Tuesday. Thailand's multibillion-dollar seafood sector came under scrutiny in recent years after investigations showed widespread slavery, trafficking and violence on fishing boats and in onshore processing facilities.The military, which took power since a 2014 coup, has rolled out reforms since the European Union in 2015 threatened to ban fish imports from Thailand unless it clean up the industry. But the advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says little has changed.Brad Adams, the group's Asia director, said the measures should have given consumers in Europe, the United States and Japan the confidence that Thailand's seafood does not involve forced labour."Yet despite high-profile commitments by the Thai government to clean up the fishing industry, problems are rampant," he added … [Read more...] about ‘It was torture’: Grim tales in Thai fishing sector
I am beginning to think that NACC stands for the "national association for the criminally corrupt". This supposedly independent body [National Anti-Corruption Commission] sits by and watches the ruling elite get away with anything they wish.We have government officials who openly declare wealth that would take 500 years of their official salary to accumulate and nobody raises a question.Is this the real Thailand? If so, isn't it time for the clean and uncorrupted to rise up and announce the changes so badly needed. LungstibVictoria's Secret Massage may be the undoing of the current regime, at least in terms of their desperate hope for an upgrade in the annual US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. (BP, Jan 22).It now looks unlikely -- under-age, cross-border girls trafficked into an inner-city brothel cum massage parlour reflects on this trade across the city, and beyond.Your Jan 16 editorial is correct in saying, "human trafficking is taking place right under our noses". It then … [Read more...] about NACC soft on graft?