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Somyot charged under Thai lese majeste law

 Somyot charged under Thai lese majeste law
25-04-2013 13:32

Last Monday July 25 2011, after 84 days detention, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was brought to the criminal court to hear the prosecutor's charges against him.

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Lèse majésté as pretext to silence critical voices

24-04-2013 11:49

On October 5th 2011, Kwanravee Wangudom travels to Geneva to participate in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN-Human Rights Council, when Thailand comes under review. She represents dozens of human and labour rights activists assembled under the "Article 112: Awareness Campaign" fighting against abuse of the lèse majesté law to silence activists and the media in Thailand.

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Updates from the Somyot trial in Thailand

 Updates from the Somyot trial in Thailand
25-04-2013 13:39

On January 16th, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, editor of “Voice of Taksin” magazine, was brought to Nakornsawan Provincial Court for the third hearing of the prosecution witnesses. More than 40 supporters and family attended, including an international observer, John Maynard, the president of the Postal Workers Union of Australia, and long time friend of Somyot’s.

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Free Somyot! Freedom of speech is not a crime

 Free Somyot! Freedom of speech is not a crime
25-04-2013 13:43

On 19 September the Thai Criminal Court will announce the date of the verdict of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist in Thailand. He can face 30 years in prison. We need your voice again, so let it be loud!

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Free Somyot Now

24-04-2013 11:48

Human rights and labour organizations today urge that magazine editor and human rights defender Somyot Prueksakasemsuk be immediately released from 17-month pre-trial detention. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison under Article 112 of the Criminal Code (the lèse-majesté law) for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the monarchy. The group further called on the Thai authorities to uphold international standards of freedom of expression, and to stop using Article 112 and arbitrary detention to criminalize or restrict free speech.

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Books and plastic replicas of prison food: a visit to Somyot

 Books and plastic replicas of prison food: a visit to Somyot
24-04-2013 09:51

In November, our colleague Marcella Kraay visited Somyot in prison in Thailand.

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Court hearing Somyot 19th December: an update

 Court hearing Somyot 19th December: an update
25-04-2013 13:53

Somyot, a Thai labour activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in detention since April 2011, awaiting trial under the Thai lèse-majesté law* (Article 112) for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the monarch. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Final push to free Somyot

 Final push to free Somyot
25-04-2013 13:53

“Here in Thailand they know I get a lot of international support. Without that support I would maybe already be dead.”

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Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government

 Bangladesh Labour Organisation Harassed by Government
24-04-2013 09:51

On June 16 2010, a staff member of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) was detained and severely beaten by Bangladeshi security forces. This occurred just two weeks after BCWS was arbitrarily stripped of its legal status as an NGO. Take action today to support BCWS staff.

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Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety

Bangladesh labour leaders fearing for physical safety
25-04-2013 13:20

UPDATE: Recently we informed you about the intimidation and harassment of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. On July 30 2010, more criminal cases were filed against the BCWS staff and other worker leaders. On the night of August 12 2010, 20 police officers arrested Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter. They are still being held in detention. Your urgent support is needed to stop the crackdown on the labour rights organisations.

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Bangladesh: international concerns about arrests

24-04-2013 11:49

Labour- and Human-Rights Organisations Call on Government of Bangladesh to Release Worker-Rights Advocates, Fear They Will be Tortured. Leaders of Prominent Labour-Rights Group Were Seized by Police on August 13

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Bangladesh Labour Activists Released

 Bangladesh Labour Activists Released
24-04-2013 16:06

The Clean Clothes Campaign is very pleased to announce the release of Kalpona Akter, Babul Akhter and Aminul Islam after spending 30 days in custody. During a special hearing on Wednesday September 8, 2010, a magistrate judge granted bail to the three defendants, and ordered their release.

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Trial against Bangladeshi labour rights advocates approaches

 Trial against Bangladeshi labour rights advocates approaches
25-04-2013 13:27

Just recently a judge in the case against Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter from the Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Center (BCWS) and other labour leaders decided that the accused will have to appear in court next month under a system designed to speed up the trial process.

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Bangladeshi labor rights activist tortured and murdered

 Bangladeshi labor rights activist tortured and murdered
24-04-2013 09:50

Aminul Islam, a Bangladeshi labor rights activist and former apparel worker was tortured and murdered last week in Dhaka. His body was dumped outside of the capital city and was found by local police last Thursday. According to the police report, Aminul Islam's body bore signs of brutal torture. It is most likely that Aminul was murdered because of his labour rights work.

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First time victory: Migrant workers receive minimum wage in Thailand

First time victory: Migrant workers receive minimum wage in Thailand
24-04-2013 09:50

For the first time, migrant workers in the Mae Sot area successfully demanded wages in accordance with the new legal minimum wage. Factory owner M Apparel (one of Lee's suppliers) gave into the demand of 323 (mostly female) workers after negotiations with the workers who received support of MAP foundation and Yaung Chi Oo Worker Association.

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Background on PT Kizone, Indonesia

Background on PT Kizone, Indonesia
29-04-2013 15:52

2,800 workers formerly employed at the Indonesian sportswear manufacture, PT Kizone have now been fighting for over a year to get severance owed to them following the closure of the factory and the abscondment of its owner.

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adidas, step up your game on workers' rights!

adidas, step up your game on workers' rights!
24-04-2013 09:50

adidas, step up your game on workers’ rights and make sure PT Kizone workers get the deal they deserve.

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PT Kizone update 15th June 2012 - PT Kizone workers protest at British and German embassies

PT Kizone update 15th June 2012 - PT Kizone workers protest at British and German embassies
24-04-2013 09:50

On 11th June, to coincide with the Euro 2012 football tournament, which is sponsored by adidas, dozens of PT Kizone workers and their supporters held a march in Jakarta calling on adidas to pay the $1.8 million dollars owned to them in severance pay.

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Insulting offer of adidas food vouchers rejected by workers

Insulting offer of adidas food vouchers rejected by workers
24-04-2013 09:50

An offer by adidas to donate food vouchers to Indonesian workers owed millions of euros has been described as downright insulting by union representatives and labour right campaigners. The workers, previously employed at ex-addidas supplier PT Kizone, have been fighting for over a year to get adidas to pay the 1.5 million euros still owed to them in unpaid severance. Adidas' offer: a food voucher worth just 43 euros.

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Kizone action goes global!

Kizone action goes global!
24-04-2013 09:50

On Monday campaigners in Germany, the UK and the US handed over a petition to adidas demanding overdue severance pay for 2,800 Indonesian garment workers. In total 1.5 million is illegally withheld from the workers, which is less than two per cent of the cost of adidas Olympic sponsorship.

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