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Thailand: Drop Criminal Defamation Lawsuits against 14 Myanmar Workers

Fortify Rights (Bangkok, February 6, 2018)—Thammakaset Company Limited should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against 14 migrant workers from Myanmar who alleged serious labor rights violations, and Thai authorities should decriminalize defamation, Fortify Rights said today. The trial is scheduled to commence in the Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok tomorrow and is expected to last three days. If convicted, the workers face up to one year in prison.   “Thailand should protect migrant workers and rights defenders when they speak out about abuses, and urgently decriminalize defamation,” said Amy Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights. “These types of cases are all too common in Thailand. They’re a mark of the high costs paid by whistleblowers and truthtellers for simply exercising their rights.”   On July 7, 2016, 14 workers submitted a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand alleging that Thammakaset Co. Ltd.—a Thai owned poultry...

 

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