Thailand: Turn Words Into Action on Fishing Industry

14-Apr-2018 Intellasia | HRW | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Thai government should undertake further reforms and act to eradicate forced labour and trafficking in the Thai fishing industry, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to prime minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha.

“Under pressure from the European Union and others, the Thai government has publicly pledged to improve labour rights in the country’s powerful and abusive fishing industry,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “It’s time to turn those words into actions that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of migrant workers suffering forced labour and other abuses.”

In a January 2018 report, “Hidden Chains: Forced Labour and Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Fishing Industry,” Human Rights Watch described how vulnerable migrant workers from neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia are recruited into fishing, prevented from changing employers, forced to work overtime, and not paid in accordance with Thai law, among other abuses.

The April 13 letter offers a series of recommendations that Human Rights Watch has discussed in detail with the prime minister’s office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, and other government agencies to achieve greater protection and more robust enforcement of labour rights in Thailand’s fisheries sector.


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