Working Conditions in Thailand’s Fishing Sector reveals evidence of forced labour, debt bondage and violence-VIDEO



THE International Labour Organization (ILO) report Employment Practices and Working Conditions in Thailand’s Fishing Sector reveals evidence of forced labour, debt bondage and violence.

Featuring interviews with 596 fishermen, the majority of whom are migrants from Myanmar and Cambodia, it exposes abuse onboard fishing boats, with 17.3 per cent of the fishers questioned testifying that they had been threatened by their employer, the captain, a supervisor or a co-worker and 101 of the respondents (approximately 17 per cent) recounting that they had worked against their will, unable to leave for a variety of reasons.

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) report Sold to the Sea documented severe human rights infringements, human trafficking, physical violence, forced detention and even murder in the Thai fishing industry, with testimonies from Burmese workers as young as 16 offering details of the systemic abuse. The ILO report substantiates our conviction that human rights abuses are widespread in the fishing industry, both in Thailand and elsewhere. The uncomfortable truth is that fish caught on such vessels has been tracked through international supply chains to the European and US Seafood markets. Fish caught by these modern-day slaves is reaching our own plates.

EJF is working with local activists, responsible companies, the European Commission and the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in order to uncover abuses and their links to international supply chains, and to highlight these issues to decision-makers who can bring about change.

The same lack of monitoring, transparency and traceability that facilitates unscrupulous fishing operators to used trafficked workers and abuse their crews enables illegal fishing activities to take place, such as stealing from coastal countries, damaging marine environments and jeopardising the future health of fish stocks and biodiversity. EJF is working to both defend human rights and protect the environment by combating illegal fishing and human trafficking.

U YE HTUT:ဟုိတံုးက ေရွ႕တန္းမွာေရာက္ေနေတာ့ ရိွတဲ့စာအုပ္ေတြကလည္း

ဟုိတံုးက ေရွ႕တန္းမွာေရာက္ေနေတာ့ ရိွတဲ့စာအုပ္ေတြကလည္း အကုန္ဖတ္ျပီးသြား၊ ေရာက္ေနတဲ့ ေနရာက စာအုပ္စာေစာင္လည္း မရႏုိင္။ စာငတ္ လို္က္တာ၊ ဒီေတာ့ ေနာက္ဆံုး အဲဒီအခ်ိန္က ဇီးထုတ္ထဲမွာ ထည့္ေပးတဲ့ ခုိင္ထူး၊ သန္းႏုိင္၊ စိုင္းထီးဆိုင္ သီခ်င္းစာသားေတြက အစ အာသာေျပေလွ်ာက္ဖတ္ခဲ့ရတယ္။ ဘုန္းၾကီးေက်ာင္းက ဘုရားစာအုပ္၊ စာသင္ေက်ာင္းက ပညာပေဒသာစာေစာင္အေဟာင္း ေတြ႕သမွ် ဝါးစားသလို ဖတ္ခဲ့ရတယ္။

အခုက်ေတာ့ စာအျပင္ Facebook ပါ ဖတ္တဲ့ဝါသနာတိုးလာခဲ့ျပန္တယ္။ ဒီလိုနဲ႕ နန္နင္း ကုိေရာက္ေတာ့ Facebook ကို ၀င္မရ၊ ကိုယ္တင္ခ်င္တာတင္မရ၊ ကိုယ့္ကို ကေလာ္တုတ္တာေတြမဖတ္ရ ဆိုေတာ့ ဟိုတံုးက စာငတ္ခဲ့တာေလး ျပန္သတိရမိ ပါတယ္။

ဒီေန႕ညေန ေနျပည္ေတာ္ျပန္ေရာက္ျပီး Facebook ေပၚက သတင္းေတြၾကည့္၊ ကိုယ့္ကို ေကာင္းတာေရာ၊ ဆိုးတာေရာ Comment ေပးတာေတြဖတ္လုိက္ရေတာ့ မွပဲ ခ်ဥ္ျခင္းက အာသာေျပပါေတာ့တယ္။

ခ်စ္သူ၊ မုန္းသူမ်ားအားလံုး ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါ၏။


Myanmar-Thailand expressway to be upgraded to four lane road


Myanmar-Thailand expressway will be upgraded to a four lane road in ten years time, according to a report of Dawei Special Economic Zone Implementing Project.
The expressway was originally constructed by the Italian-Thai Development Company as an earth road, according to Vice President of Central Bank Sett Aung.
Currently they are seeking overseas investors to upgrade the earth road. The company who agrees to invest will have to give back the expenses to Italian-Thai Company in accord with international consultants.
The government has made five steps to implement the special economic zone and will intend to carry it out in 75 years.

Arakanese youth murdered was found near a creek nearby a Muslim village


Sittwe, 3 September 2013): An Arakanese youth, who was later identified as Ko Zaw Zaw of Raychan Byint village under Sittwe Township, succumbed to injuries on Monday.

The villagers of Raychan Byint village witnessed the youth with injuries at around 3 pm, who was missing since Sunday morning.

The victim was around 22 years old and belonged to the family of U Thingyaan Aung and Daw Pru Ma Chay of Raychan Byint village in the Arakanese capital city, stated a village elder.

A police officer from Ray Byint police station confirmed the murder of Ko Zaw Zwa. He also added that the body of the Arakanese youth was found near a creek nearby a Muslim village named Kha Din Pike, which is close to Raychan Byint Rakhine village.

The investigating officer found that Ko Zaw Zwa, who went missing since he went to mangrove forest near his village to collect fruits the previous day, received severe injuries in his neck, throat and head.

The dead body was then sent to Sittwe hospital for autopsy by the police and a case was also registered in the Ray Byint police station.Investigations are going on, informed a police officer.

Similar cases were reported from the town of Pauk Taw earlier too. A 41 year-old Arakanese woman named Ma Hla Than Sein from Munying Taw village in Pauk Taw Township was raped and killed by miscreants near a stream located at between Munying Taw Rakhine village and Kyin Ni Byint Muslim refugee camp few days back.


Vijay Nambiar: Rakhine Conflict Is Just a Domestic Affair



United Nation Secretary General’s special advisor on Myanmar Mr. Vijay Nambiar says that the  conflict that had broken out in Rakhine State is a domestic issue that is to be settled in Myanmar and no other country needs to interfere the internal affairs.

He said so at the meeting with the state government during his visit to Rakhine State on 1 September 2013.

“When some of the international communities have hinted at stepping in to help in coping with the conflict in Myanmar, some organizations like OIC are trying to interfere it. As a matter of fact, this conflict is just a internal affair that is to be resolved between two communities just in Myanmar. We don’t like that any other foreign government will intervene this affair,” he said.

Mr. Vijay Nambia arrived in Rakhine State on 1 September and visited Rakhine refugee camps and Bengali refugee camps in Maungdaw Township and Pauktaw Township and Bengali refugee camp in Sittwe Township, it is learnt.

There are some of international and domestic media fuelling the affairs concerning Rakhine’s conflict, he said in discussing the affairs of Rakhine State with the state government in the morning on 1 September.

“To be worse, some of global and internal media are inflaming the conflict. We’ve seen that there is a growing public discontents between two communities instead of reducing them. International communities understand that communal conflict may change into religious problem if some of international organizations intervene the conflict providing that the problem in Rakhine State is getting worse and worse,” he said.

Moreover, if there may be Myanmar’s affair in the conference of United Nations, reform process may change into something, he pointed. Continue reading “Vijay Nambiar: Rakhine Conflict Is Just a Domestic Affair”

ဘဂၤ ါလီ မြတ္စလင္ အၾကမ္းဖက္သမား (၃)ေကာင္အား AK-47 ေမာင္း



ဘဂၤ ါလီ မြတ္စလင္ အၾကမ္းဖက္သမား (၃)ေကာင္အား AK-47 ေမာင္းျပန္ရိုင္ဖယ္ တစ္လက္၊ က်ည္အေတာင့္ (၂၀၊ က်ည္ကပ္ (၂)ခုႏွင့္ အတူ ဖမ္းဆီးရမိ ေနာက္ဆက္တဲြ သတင္း

တရား၀င္ကိုင္ေဆာင္ခြင့္မရိွေသာ ေသနတ္အားကိုင္ေဆာင္၍ ဘဂၤ ါလီလူမ်ဳိးမ်ားအား ဘဂၤလားေဒရ္ွ႕ ႏိုင္ငံမွ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံသို႔ ပို႔ေဆာင္ရန္ႀကံစည္အားထုတ္ခဲ့ၾကေသာ ေကာင္းျမတ္ဟသၤာစက္ေလွမွ ေလွသား(၁၃)ဦး ႏွင့္ ဘဂၤ ါလီလူမ်ဳိး(၃)ေကာင္အား ၿမိဳ႕မရဲစခန္း (ပ)၄၄၄/၂၀၁၃ လက္နက္ ယာယီ ျပင္ဆင္ခ်က္ ဥပေဒပုဒ္မ၁၉-က ျဖင့္ စစ္ေဆးေဆာင္ရြက္လ်က္ရိွသည္။ ဘဂၤ ါလီလူမ်ဳိး(၃)ေကာင္မွာ ေမာင္ေမာင္(ခ)လာျမား(ဘ) ခင္ေမာင္ ဘဂၤ ါလီလူမ်ဳိး၊ ေပါက္ေတာၿမိဳ႕၊ မိုအာမက္ဖာရု(ခ)ေမာင္ေမာင္စိုး (၂၆)ႏွစ္(ဘ)ေက်ာ္မင္း(ခ)မာမြတ္မြန္နစ္ ဘဂၤ ါလီ လူမ်ဳိး၊ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ မိုဟာမက္ဟာရွင္း(၃၀)ႏွစ္(ဘ)ေပၚယာဇူ ဘဂၤ ါလီလူမ်ဳိး၊ ေမာင္ေတာၿမိဳ႕ နယ္ တို႔မွျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သတင္းရရိွသည္။

(Source : ၿမိတ္ပုလဲေျမ ဘေလာ့)


DASSK unable to attend UNFC-Government political dialogue




According to Pa Doh Mahn Mahn, Secretary of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party Daw Aung Suu Kyi will not be able to attend upcoming political dialogues between the UNFC and the national government’s Myanmar Peace Center, due to schedule conflicts with her trip to Europe.

The meeting will be held September 8 in Chaing Mai, Thailand, and marks the second time UNFC representatives have met with the government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) to collaborate towards multi-party peace agreements. The first meeting took place in February this year.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was invited to participate as a third-party observer of the meeting, along with other non-UNFC political organs like the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation (NBF), the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).

Of the 4 mentioned, the UNA is the only group which has confirmed it will send delegates.

According to Mahn Mahn, the UNFC intends to stand resolutely behind its outline of demands during the talks. “As discussed before with the government’s technical group, the UNFC will continue to promote the agenda of its six-point road map for peace,” he said.

The September 8 meeting will be led by UNFC General Secretary Nai Hantha and 10 delegates from UNFC parties.


U WIRA THU: နာရီတြင္ ဓမၼသဟာယေက်ာင္းမွာ လက္ခံေတြ႕ဆုံေျဖၾကားခဲ့သည္။ လာေရာက္ေတြ႕ဆုံသူမ်ာ Ms.CHRISTINA PLETTEN (ေနာ္ေဝ BERGENS TIDENDE

“ဦးဝီရသူထံ ေနာ္ေဝသတင္းစာ လာေရာက္အင္တာဗ်ဴး”
30.8.2013 ညေန 5း00 နာရီတြင္ ဓမၼသဟာယေက်ာင္းမွာ လက္ခံေတြ႕ဆုံေျဖၾကားခဲ့သည္။ လာေရာက္ေတြ႕ဆုံသူမ်ာ Ms.CHRISTINA PLETTEN (ေနာ္ေဝ BERGENS TIDENDE သတင္းစာ) ျဖစ္ျပီး အမ်ဳိးသားေရး၊ ႏုိင္ငံေရးမ်ားႏွင့္ မီဒီယာအေပၚ ျပည္သူတုိ႔ ယုံၾကည္မႈအတုိင္းအတာမ်ား ေမးေလွ်ာက္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
၄င္းသည္ 31.8.2013 မနက္ စာဝါပုိ႔ခ်ပုံမ်ားကုိလည္း မွတ္တမ္းလာတင္သြားေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
ေမး= ေရႊဝါေရာင္သံဃာမ်ား ပစ္ပယ္ခံေနရသည္ဟုလည္း သိရသည္။ ျမန္မာ့ႏုိင္ငံေရးကုိ သံဃာေတြက ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ဖုိ႔ၾကံစည္လာေၾကာင္းလည္း ေျပာလာၾကသည္။ ဘယ္လုိသေဘာရလဲ…?။
ေျဖ= ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးဥတၱမလည္း လမ္းေဘးေသခဲ့ရတာပဲ။ ဘုရားျပီးရင္ ျငမ္းဖ်က္ၾကမွာပဲေလ။ ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ ႏုိင္ငံေရးသမားစစ္စစ္ကုိ ျပပါဆုိရင္ သံဃာေတြကုိပဲ ျပရမွာ။ အမတ္တုိ႔၊ သမၼတုိ႔ဆုိ ေဝလာေဝး မဲေပးခြင့္ေတာင္ရွိတာမဟုတ္ဘူး။ အဂၤလိပ္ေခတ္၊ ဂ်ပန္ေခတ္၊ မဆလေခတ္၊ ျငိမ္ပိေခတ္၊ နအဖေခတ္၊ ဒီမုိကေရစီေခတ္-ဘယ္ေခတ္မွာမွ သံဃာႏွင့္ မကင္းခဲ့ဘူး။ သံဃာေတြမွာ ျပည္သူ႔အက်ဳိး စီးပြားတစ္ခုကလြဲလုိ႔ ဘာမွ ေမွ်ာ္ကုိးမႈမရွိဘူး။
သံဃာေတြက ႏုိင္ငံေရးကုိ လႊမ္းမုိးဖုိ႔ စိတ္ကူးမရွိပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမယ့္ အစုိးရႏွင့္ ပါတီေတြကုိ အၿမဲတန္း ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေနတယ္။ ေထာက္ခံခ်ီးက်ဴးဖုိ႔ ဝန္မေလးသလုိ၊ ကန္႔ကြက္ရႈတ္ခ်ဖုိ႔လည္း ဝန္မေလး တတ္ၾကဘူး။ ရခုိင္အေရးမွာ ဦးသိန္းစိန္ကုိေထာက္ခံၾကသလုိ၊ လက္ပံေတာင္းအေရးမွာ ေဒၚစုကုိ ေထာက္ခံခဲ့ၾကတာ သက္ေသပဲ။ သံဃာေတြရွိေတာ့ အၾကံအဖန္ႏုိင္ငံေရးသမားေတြ ညားစားလုိ႔ေတာ့ မရေတာ့ဘူးေပါ့ဗ်ာ။




KAYAN TIMES မေလးေရာက္ ျမန္မာမ်ားအတြက္ အထူး သတင္း

မေလးေရာက္ ျမန္မာမ်ားအတြက္ အထူး သတင္း

ခု လတ္တေလာအေၿခအေနမွာ ငါကေတာ့ စာအုပ္အမွန္ရွိတယ္ဆိုၿပီး အတင့္မရဲပါနဲ႔။ ကိုယ့္ ပတ္စပို႔စာအုပ္ဟာ မေလးရွား လ၀ကမွာ တကယ္ရွိ မရွိဒီလခ့္ေနရာမွာ စစ္ေဆးၾကည့္ၿပီးမွ ယံုၾကည္စိတ္ခ်စြာ သြားလာပါ။ 6P နဲ႔ ေအးဂ်င့္ေတြနဲ႔ သက္တမ္းတဲ့ ပါမစ္ေတြကို လံုး၀ စိတ္မခ်ပါနဲ႔။ ကၽြန္ေတာ့္ေဘာ္ဒါတစ္ေယာက္ စာအုပ္ကိုင္ထားေပမဲ့ ဒီေန႔မွ သူ႔ပါမစ္က အတုၾကီးၿဖစ္ေနမွန္း သိလိုက္ရတာပါ။ မိမိလံုၿခံဳေရးအတြက္ မိမိစာအုပ္နဲ႔ ေနထိုင္ခြင့္ပါမစ္ကို အဘက္ဘက္က စစ္ေဆးပါ။

(မေလးရွားေန ညီေနာင္တစ္ဦးမွ ေပးပုိ႕လာပါတယ္။ အထူးဂရုစိုက္ၾကပါ။ မေလးေရာက္ျမန္မာမ်ား အႏၱရာကင္းရွင္းၾကပါေစလို႕ ဆုေတာင္းေပးပါတယ္။)


အလုပ္သမားအေရး ေျဖရွင္းရန္ မေလးရွားသုိ႕ ျမန္မာအထူးကိုယ္စားလွယ္အဖြဲ႕ ေစလႊတ္မည္



ရန္ကုန္၊ စက္တင္ဘာ ၂

လတ္တေလာ၌ တရားမဝင္ ႏိုင္ငံျခားသားမ်ားကို ဖမ္းဆီးေနသည့္ မေလးရွားႏုိင္ငံသို႕ ေရာက္ရွိေနေသာ ျမန္မာအလုပ္သမားမ်ားအေရးကို ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံ ညွိႏႈိင္းေျဖရွင္းရန္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္သမၼတ၏ ညႊန္ၾကားခ်က္ျဖင့္ ျမန္မာအထူးကိုယ္စားလွယ္ အဖြဲ႕ မေလးရွားႏိုင္ငံသို႕ ရက္ပိုင္းအတြင္း သြားေရာက္မည္ ျဖစ္သည္။

အလုပ္သမား၊ အလုပ္အကိုင္ႏွင့္ လူမႈဖူလုံေရးဝန္ႀကီးဌာန ျပည္ေထာင္စုဝန္ႀကီး ဦးေဆာင္သည့္ အဆိုပါအဖြဲ႕တြင္ ျပည္ေထာင္စုဝန္ႀကီးႏွင့္အတူ ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ႀကီး ဌာန၊ ျပည္ထဲေရးဝန္ႀကီးဌာန၊ လူဝင္မႈႀကီးၾကပ္ေရးႏွင့္ ျပည္သူ႕အင္အားဝန္ႀကီးဌာန တို႕မွ တာဝန္ရွိသူမ်ား ပါဝင္မည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ယခုလ ၉ ရက္ေန႕ဝန္းက်င္တြင္ သြားေရာက္ရန္ စီစဥ္ထားေၾကာင္း အလုပ္သမား၊ အလုပ္အကိုင္ႏွင့္ လူမႈဖူလုံေရး ဝန္ႀကီးဌာနမွ အႀကီးတန္းအရာရွိတစ္ဦးက ေျပာၾကားသည္။

သုံးလၾကာ စစ္ဆင္ေရးျပဳလုပ္မည့္ တရားမဝင္ ႏိုင္ငံျခားသားမ်ားကို ဖမ္းဆီး ႏွိမ္နင္းေရး အစီအစဥ္ Enforcement Operation (မေလးရွားအေခၚ ေအာ္ပရာစီ) ဟု အမည္ေပးထားသည့္ ယင္းစစ္ဆင္ေရးတစ္ရပ္ကို စက္တင္ဘာလ ၁ ရက္ေန႕တြင္ စတင္ေနျပီ ျဖစ္ျပီး ၂၄ နာရီအတြင္း တရားမဝင္ ျမန္မာ လုပ္သား ၅၅၅ ဦး အပါအဝင္ ႏုိင္ငံျခားသား ၂၄၄၃ ဦးကို ဖမ္းဆီးထားျပီ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း မေလးရွားအေျခစိုက္ The Star သတင္းစာက စက္တင္ဘာလ ၂ ရက္ေန႕တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

မေလးရွားႏုိင္ငံသို႕ တရားမဝင္နည္းလမ္းျဖင့္ ဝင္ေရာက္ကာ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသား ဟု အမည္ခံထားသူမ်ားကိုလည္း ေသခ်ာစိစစ္သြားမည္ ျဖစ္ျပီး အမွန္တစ္ကယ္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသား ျဖစ္သူမ်ားအေရးကို ေျဖရွင္းေပးသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သမၼတရုံးႏွင့္ နီးစပ္သူတစ္ဦးက ေျပာၾကားသည္။ Continue reading “အလုပ္သမားအေရး ေျဖရွင္းရန္ မေလးရွားသုိ႕ ျမန္မာအထူးကိုယ္စားလွယ္အဖြဲ႕ ေစလႊတ္မည္”