A potentially precedent-setting trial began on Tuesday in Bangkok, as British activist Andy Hall faced the first of four libel charges against him for his research about a Thai company’s alleged abuse of migrant labourers, the majority of whom are Burmese
British Foreign Secretary William Hague joined up with film star Angelina Jolie in London on Tuesday to host an international summit on rape in war zones, aiming to “shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict”.
Two Thailand-based journalists were charged on Thursday with defamation and violation of the Computer Crimes Act for citing a Reuters article that contained allegations against members of the Royal Thai Navy.
Two Reuters reporters were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for reports on the trafficking of Rohingya Muslims, days before two Thailand-based journalists will appear in court, where they may face up to seven years in jail for republishing one paragraph of the award-winning work.
The international community has again issued urgent pleas to the Burmese government to restore humanitarian access in Arakan State, where critical health and supply services were largely terminated in late March.