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For highlighting information about human rights violations suffered by 31 Burmese Migrant Workers who were working at Asahi Kosei(M) Sdn Bhd, in Charles Hector Blog, HR Defender, Charles Hector, has been sued for RM10 million by the said company.

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ALIRAN has up a fund so that concerned groups and persons can contribute to the legal cost and expenses incurred by Charles Hector, Human Rights Defender, in the legal suit initiated by Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn Bhd. A lot of financial support is needed and your immediate assistance is needed.

Payments can be made by bank transfer to:

Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara
Bank account number:

107 246 109 510

Malayan Banking Berhad, Green Lane branch, Penang, Malaysia.

(If you are outside Malaysia, please include the “SWIFT” code for our bank: MBBEMYKL)

Please also email us at to indicate that it is a donation to Hector’s Legal Defence Fund.

Donations may also be made by cheque or bank draft made payable to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara. Mail your cheque/bank draft to us at 103, Medan Penaga, 11600 Jelutong, Penang, Malaysia, indicating clearly that it is a donation to the Hector Legal Defence Fund. []

Sunday, 3 July 2011

The China Post : Malaysia defamation case spotlights migrant rights

Updated Friday, June 24, 2011 11:09 am TWN, AP

Malaysia defamation case spotlights migrant rights

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- An international rights group has criticized the Malaysian subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturing firm for suing a lawyer who wrote about the alleged mistreatment of migrant workers from Myanmar.

Machine components maker Asahi Kosei's Malaysian arm has sued for defamation and demanded 10 million ringgit (US$3.3 million) in damages from rights lawyer Charles Hector.
Hearings are scheduled to begin June 28.

Hector alleged on his blog in February that Myanmarese workers for the company had been mistreated and threatened with deportation.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said Thursday that the large sum sought by the company could “intimidate labor and human rights defenders all over Malaysia.”
Company representatives in Malaysia declined to comment.

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