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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.

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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. []

Tuesday, 23 August 2011



PUTRAJAYA, Aug 23 (Bernama) -- A human rights activist failed to obtain an order from the Court of Appeal here to stay the trial of a defamation suit filed against him, which was scheduled tomorrow.

Justices Datuk Zainun Ali, Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim and Anantham Kasinather dismissed Charles Hector Fernandez''s stay application and ordered him to pay RM10,000 in legal costs.

Japanese company, Asahi Kosei Sdn Bhd, sued Fernandez for defamation over his blog posts which highlighted the plight of Myanmar migrant workers working in the factory.

The Shah Alam High Court has set three days, beginning tomorrow, for trial of the suit.

Fernandez, who is also a lawyer, sought for a stay of the trial, pending his appeal to the appelllate court concerning his application to include the 31 migrant workers as defendants in the suit, which was rejected by the High Court.

The appeal is fixed for hearing at the Court of Appeal on Oct 5.

Asahi Kosei sought damages of RM10 million, claiming that six entries published in Fernandez''s blog contained false statements, resulting in the company receiving queries from its clients, demanding explanation over the blog entries.

Fernandez was represented by Francis Pereira and Sharmini Thiruchelvam while John Fam Sin Nin appeared for the company. 

Also reported in New Straits Times, 23/8/2011, Appelate Court denies stay order to human rights activist

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