Thailand: Reports on govt. efforts to address forced labour & human trafficking in fisheries, and related civil society reactions

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Following a series of reports exposing forced labour and human trafficking in the Thai fisheries sector, and the country's downgrading to tier 3 in the US Trafficking in Persons report in 2014, strong calls have been made for the Thai Government to address these serious concerns. This page compiles reports on the government's efforts, and related reactions from civil society groups.

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13 January 2015

Thailand deploying GPS on fishing boats & adopting steep fines to “eradicate slave trade”; efforts “inadequate” say rights advocates

Author: Alisa Tang, Reuters

“Thailand to adopt fines, GPS to 'eradicate slave trade'”, 12 January 2015

Thailand is deploying GPS on fishing boats, adopting steep fines and a budget to hire 700 anti-corruption staff in an effort to combat human trafficking ahead of a U.S. deadline to show improvement, authorities said…A new law passed…to combat "illegal, unregistered and unreported fishing" would fine abuses by up to 30 million baht ($910,000)…As part of the law, satellite-based monitoring systems would be required for large fishing ships, which have 60 days to install the devices…At the end of 2014, the government also increased the minimum age for workers on fishing vessels to 18 years from 15, required 10 hours of rest per working day, and a minimum of 30 days leave per year…Migrant rights advocates said the government's latest efforts were inadequate."This is a tally sheet exercise, with the Thai side trying to figure how many cases and how many officials the U.S. government wants prosecuted in order to give an upgrade," said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division…

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13 January 2015

Thailand: Govt. boosts anti-trafficking drive in fisheries by setting deadlines for action & implementation of changes to Fisheries Act

Author: Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Bangkok Post

“Govt boosts anti-trafficking push: Fisheries have 60 days to adhere to new laws”, 13 January 2015

The government has cranked up its drive against human trafficking by setting deadlines for action and reports.  This follows a key meeting…chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha…who demanded immediate, monthly reports of action taken on cases of human trafficking, not only in the fisheries industry, but also concerning children, women and forced and migrant labour…In response [Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan] called a meeting of various agencies to set deadlines to implement changes to the Fihseries Act which have just been approved by the National Legislative Assembly…Gen. Prawit said checks against violations of the new Fisheries Act would be carried out within 60 days by various agencies…

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13 January 2015

Thailand: Govt. sets new regulations to address forced labour on fishing boats; NGOs sceptical about implementation

Author: DPA International

“Thailand fights forced labor on fishing boats with new regulation”, 12 January 2015

Thailand will implement new regulations over concerns regarding forced labour on its fishing boats, a senior official said…Among the new regulations that will be put into place are at least 10 hours of rest per working day and 30 days of leave per year, and the registration of migrant workers and their families…The regulations will be enforced within 60 days after approval by the National Legislative Assembly…Non-governmental organizations expressed doubts about whether the reforms will be would be implemented. "Thailand has a long history of extortion and exploitation over migrant workers," said Amy Smith, director of Fortify Rights, a human rights organization in South-east Asia. "Therefore we are sceptical if these regulations will be implemented and sustained."…

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