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Thai Govt. asked by UN human rights experts to respond to allegations of trafficking & forced labour against companies Natural Fruit & Vita Food

In April 2014, a communication was sent to the Thai Government by the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery; and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The experts requested the government to respond to a set of questions related to reports of trafficking and forced labour by migrant workers alleged against two Thai companies. Related reports are linked below.

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7 October 2014

Thai Govt. remains silent on UN experts’ request for clarification on alleged abuse of migrant workers by companies Vita Foods & Natural Fruit

Author: William Boot, Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

“Thailand Silent on UN Appeal Over Firms’ Abuse of Burmese Claims”, 4 October 2014

The government of Thailand has failed to respond to the UN Human Rights Council about “persisting allegations” of the abuse of Burmese migrant workers employed in the Thai food-processing industry.” A report on allegations against two Thai firms, Vita Foods and Natural Fruit, was made six months ago by the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, as well as the special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. It alleged that Burmese were duped by labor brokers, had documents such as passports confiscated, were physically abused, underpaid and charged exorbitant fees…A letter from the UN group had given the Thai government two months to explain what it is doing…It was made public...to draw attention to the issue after having received no response from Bangkok since April…

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7 October 2014

UN working group on human rights & transnational corporations, other rapporteurs raise trafficking & forced labour concerns on 2 companies with Thai Govt.

Author: Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises; the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery; & the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

“Communication to the Government of Thailand”, 7 April 2014

We would like to bring to the attention of your Excellency’s Government information we have received concerning the alleged trafficking and forced labour of migrant workers committed at the Thai Companies, Vita food Factory and Natural Fruit Factory…We would like to recall the obligations the State assumed under international human rights treaties to respect and protect the human rights of all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction, regardless of citizenship, nationality or immigrant status. We would particularly like to underline that the obligation of your Excellency’s Government to protect human rights entails ensuring that the human rights of these individuals are not violated by private actors…As it is our responsibility under the mandates provided to us by the Human Rights Council, to seek to clarify all cases brought to our attention, we would be grateful for your observations on the following matters…

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