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Thailand: ETO-Watch urges govt to protect communities adversely affected by Thai outbound investments

作者: Pratch Rujivanarom, Nation, 发表日期: 27 March 2018

"Rights concerns for overseas Thai investors," 28 March 2018

The government has been urged to create a legal mechanism to assure human-rights protections associated with Thailand’s outbound investment on the occasion of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights official visit to the country.

The Thai Extraterritorial Obligation-Watch Working Group (Thai ETO-Watch) released a statement...demanding legal measures to prevent and mitigate human-rights violations by Thai investors overseas, after the group met with the UN delegation.

The UN group is paying is first official visit to Thailand in response to a government invitation.

The group stated at least eight large investment projects involving Thai investors had been found to have caused adverse impacts to local citizens and violated people’s rights, including at sugarcane plantations in Cambodia, a coal-fired power plant in Laos and a tin mine in Myanmar.

Thai ETO-Watch demanded the government establish an official channel to receive complaints about overseas Thai investments, legislate to force investors to respect UNGPs and be responsible for rights violations, and set up a legal mechanism to ensure corporate socl responsibility and prevent lawsuits.

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Thai ETO-Watch statement can be read here. 

 

 

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