• Thailand: Seven trade union leaders dismissed
    October 10, 2011

    The State Railway of Thailand’s dismissal of seven union leaders amounts to a destruction of the labour union and a gross human rights violation, say labour and human right advocates.
    Tim De Meyer, a specialist with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), said gatherings, negotiations and work stoppages were among the basic rights of workers which all countries that are signatories of the ILO must recognise. He considered the punishment approach taken by the SRT – to dismiss labour union leaders and SRT employees for joining a work stoppage in 2009 in response to a train crash in Prachuap Khiri Khan province in which seven people died – unacceptable. Mr De Meyer, speaking during a seminar at the National Human Rights Commission in Laksi yesterday, insisted the SRT employees had the right to stop work under unsafe conditions.

  • Indonesia: Labor activist’s house attacked
    September 19, 2011

    Police are investigatPolice are investigating an attack on the house of a local labor activist, Luthfi Khafid, 45, on Saturday.
    Malang Metro police chief detective Adj. Comr. Hartoyo said Sunday investigations would center around any of Luthfi’s enemies.
    “As a labor activist, it’s logical the victim has a lot of foes,” Hartoyo said as quoted by
    The police will also look into labor disputes that Luthfi has handled.
    Luthfi, who chairs the local chapter of Solidarity for Indonesian Workers’ Struggle (SPBI) had shots fired at his house by unknown assailants early on Saturday. No injuries were reported. Witnesses saw two assailants flee the scene.

  • Cambodia: HRD released but contrived criminal charges upheld
    September 19, 2011

    After a three hour trial on 24 June, in Phnom Penh; Sous Chantha, Cambodian union leader and former employee of United Apparel Garment factory was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for drug distribution. The sentence was reportedly set at seven months plus five days time-served and two months suspended sentence. After some discussion with legal officials, Sous was then released after the prosecution stated its decision not to appeal.

  • Cambodia: Trade union representative assaulted
    September 19, 2011

    Union representative and human rights defender, Mr Phao Sak, was attacked and severely beaten on 30 September 2010. Phao Sak is a representative for the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) and was involved in negotiations at the Generation International Co., Ltd over the rights of the factory workers to be granted leave for the Pchum Ben Day, a religious festival in Cambodia.

  • Cambodia: HRDs served with warrants from the courts
    September 19, 2011

    Human rights defenders and labour activists, Mr Ath Thorn, Ms Morm Nhim and Mr Tola Moeun, are believed to be among a group of 9 persons who are due to be served with warrants from the courts following strike actions taken by thousands of Cambodian garment workers who are calling for higher wages.

  • Malaysia: Human rights commission officers barred from investigating construction site
    June 20, 2011

    The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was barred from entering the construction site of the new palace last night, when it attempted to investigate reports about the deplorable living conditions of migrant workers.