Human Rights Watch

6 Jul 2012
Labor Minister’s Proposal Won’t Reduce Human Trafficking (New York, July 6, 2012) – Thailand’s government should scrap the labor minister’s proposed regulation to deport migrant workers who become pregnant, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposal discriminates against women workers and would not advance the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s stated aim of reducing human trafficking.
21 Jun 2012
Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Dignity International, and Article 19 welcome the first official consultation between ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and civil society organisations (CSOs) on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), which is due to take place in Kuala Lumpur on June 22, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
21 Jun 2012
Children Among Those Facing Forced Return on World Refugee Day (New York, June 20, 2012) – The government of Bangladesh should stop forcibly returning ethnic Rohingya fleeing sectarian violence back to Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. At least 18 Rohingya asylum seekers, including three young children, are in immediate danger of being forcibly returned to Burma on World Refugee Day, June 20.
12 Jun 2012
Ensure Prompt Access to International Media, Aid Workers (New York, June 12, 2012) – The government of Burma should take all necessary steps to protect communities at risk in Arakan State after violence between Buddhists and Muslims in western Burma left an unknown number dead, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has taken inadequate steps to stop sectarian-violence between Arakan Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims, or to bring those responsible to justice.
31 May 2012
Web Manager Convicted for Failing to Remove Lese Majeste Content (New York, May 30, 2012) – The conviction of a prominent website manager on computer crimes charges highlights the Thai government’s growing misuse of laws intended to protect the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said today. Imposing a prison sentence adds to the climate of fear and self-censorship in Thailand’s media, Human Rights Watch said.
16 May 2012
Safeguards Needed Before Allowing Investment, Financial Services (Washington, DC, May 15, 2012) – The US government should not ease sanctions on business activities in Burma until adequate safeguards are in place to prevent new investment from fueling human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. A US presidential order imposing a ban on investment and financial services in Burma is scheduled to expire on May 20, 2012, unless it is renewed or revised.
16 May 2012
Victims Would Bear Brunt of Proposed Amnesty (Bangkok, May 15, 2012) – The Thai government has not arrested or charged a single soldier or official for any of the scores of deaths and hundreds of injuries during the political violence in Bangkok two years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. The Thai government should withdraw an amnesty bill submitted to parliament that would shield all those involved in abuses during the 2010 violence from prosecution, Human Rights Watch said.
3 May 2012
There remain hundreds of prisoners the government denies are political. In Burma this week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged foreign countries to lift sanctions. At the same time, it was wise of him to keep pushing Burma to release its remaining political prisoners. The fate of these wrongfully imprisoned people, too often overlooked as we celebrate those who have been released, can tell us much about the Burmese government's intentions with regard to reform.
24 Apr 2012
Free Speech of Online Media on Trial (New York, April 24, 2012) – The trial of an internet service provider on lese majeste charges puts Thailand’s web moderators at risk of long prison terms, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 30, 2012, the Bangkok Criminal Court will issue a verdict on charges of lese majeste – insulting the monarchy – against Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the web-board manager of the online news portal Prachatai.
18 Apr 2012
This is part two of my recent interview with leading Thai historian and academic, the former student leader, Dr. Thongchai Winichakul. Part one can be found here.
10 Apr 2012
Failure to Prosecute Undermines Reconciliation (New York, April 10, 2012) – The Thai government’s new “political reconciliation” proposals will undermine justice by giving immunity to those responsible for human rights abuses during bloody confrontations in Bangkok in 2010, Human Rights Watch said today.
5 Apr 2012
To anyone interested in Thailand’s recent history and politics Dr. Thongchai Winichakul needs little introduction. A famed academic and historian, now resident in Singapore and the USA, Dr. Thongchai was a student leader during the terrible Thammasat Massacre of 1976 and spent time in prison following those events.

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