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MFA Press Release: Thai court imposed an 11-year prison sentence on two defendants guilty of human trafficking on board fishing vessel

On 31 January 2018, the Anti–Human Trafficking Section under the Criminal Court sentenced two defendants found guilty of human trafficking offences to prison for 11 years each. Both defendants lured two Thai fishermen to work on the fishing vessel named “Katesuwanrat 11”. The fishermen were then forced to work over time, unlawfully detained and suffered physical assaults. The captain of the said fishing vessel was also prosecuted as the third defendant for conspiring to commit human trafficking and benefiting from forced labour. The Court has set the date for delivering the verdict on the captain to 26 February 2018. Previously in ...

MFA Press Release: Thailand prosecuted 7 Stateless Fishing Vessels

From December 2017 - February 2018, the Thai public prosecutors have prosecuted 7 stateless fishing vessels on three offences, namely, the falsification of Port-in Port-out documents and provision of fraudulent reports to the competent port authority; employing fishing crews with no work permits; and human-trafficking of 9 Indonesian crew and 6 Filipino crew, totaling 15 persons, who were found to be victims of forced labour onboard. Further investigation led to the arrest and prosecution of the recruitment agent with human-trafficking offences. All 7 fishing vessels – Abundant 1, Abundant 3, Abundant 6, Abundant 9, Abundant 12, Yutana No. 13, and Shun ...

MFA Press Release : Thailand’s effective fleet management and the deployment of police officers at the Fishing Monitoring Center

Since the commencement of Thailand’s fisheries reform in 2015, the Royal Thai Government has put tremendous effort in managing its fishing fleet of more than 50,000 vessels. During 2015 to 2017, the Marine Department, the Department of Fisheries, and the Command Center for Combatting Illegal Fishing (CCCIF) have set up an inter-agency task force to conduct three rounds of fleet inspection for all sizes and types of fishing vessels, in order to gather accurate and precise data. During the inspection, the vessels were measured against the registered record, fishing gears were compared against the fishing license, and installation of the ...

MFA Press Release : Thailand has improved the fishing license issuance process for more effective measures on IUU fishing prevention

On 19 January 2018, Mr. Adisorn Promthep, Director-General of the Department of Fisheries and Mr. Jirut Wisanjit, Director-General of the Marine Department, announced at the press briefing that a new phase for the fishing license application for the fishing year 2018-2019 (1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020) will commence from 20 January to 20 February 2018. To ensure the continuity in fishing businesses, commercial fishing vessels operators are encouraged to submit their applications at any district offices and district fisheries offices in coastal areas, or the Department of Fisheries. The fishing licenses issued for the last fishing year will ...

MFA Press Release : Thai Court has fined three overseas fishing vessels for over 130 million Baht on illegal fishing charges

On 28 December 2017, the Court of First Instance ruled that three fishing vessels titled “Yu Long 125”, “Yu Long 6” and “Hung Chi Fu 68” had violated the Royal Ordinance on Fisheries B.E. 2558 on three charges; (1) failing to comply with the Department of Fisheries’ Notification that all vessels without an overseas fishing license must return to port within the set deadline; (2) undertaking fishing in waters of other states and the high seas without permission; and (3) employing crews without seaman books. The fishing vessel company and its executives were ordered to pay a fine in total ...

MFA Press Release: The prosecution of the fishing vessel “Chotchainavee 35” and the rescue missions of the Thai fishing crews on “Chotpattana 51” and “Chotpattana 55”

On 15 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was informed by the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo, while simultaneously received the alerts from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission and the INTERPOL, that on 11 to 12 January 2018, the Maldives Coast Guard had detained the Somali-flagged fishing vessel “Chotpattana 55” with 10 Thai crews on board, along with fishing vessel “Chotpattana 51” with 12 Thai crews respectively, on charges of illegal entry into Maldives waters. Each vessel contained 200-ton catch, and there was evidence that both vessels could be stateless. The two ...

MFA Press Release : Thailand’s Comments on Report on Labour Situation in Fishing Industry of Human Rights Watch

With regard to the Report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 23rd January 2018, entitled “Hidden Chains: Right Abuses and Forced Labour in Thailand’s Fishing Industry”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state as follows: 1. During the last two years, the Royal Thai Government has determined and put a great effort into solving labour problems in the fishing industry. The Government has implemented various legal reforms, policies, and strengthened law enforcement on labour protection as well as engaged closely with the private sector, non-governmental organizations and neighbouring countries. As a result, there has been significant improvement in ...

Press Release : Thailand Ratifies ILO Convention No. 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation)

On 13 June 2017, Mr. Sek Wannamethee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, accompanied General Sirichai Distakul, Minister of Labour, to deposit the instrument of ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), 1958 to Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, on behalf of the Royal Thai Government. The ratification reassures Thailand’s commitments in protecting persons from all forms of discrimination in employment in compliance with international labor standards. This is the 17th ILO Convention that Thailand has ratified, which will enter ...

 

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