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Requesting the Malaysian subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co Ltd to kindly withdraw the lawsuit against Myanmar workers’ rights defender

June 23, 2011

We hereby request the Malaysian subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co Ltd to kindly withdraw the lawsuit against Myanmar workers’ rights defender.

Please read the full news in Malaysiakini, “Lawsuit against rights defender stills public debate” by Human Rights Watch, Jun 23, 11

A defamation lawsuit against a human rights defender who blogged against violations of migrant worker rights threatens to chill debate on matters of public interest in Malaysia.

In a case currently before the Malaysian courts, the Malaysian subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co Ltd brought a defamation suit for 10 million ringgit (US$3.3 million) against Malaysian activist Charles Hector for his blog posts on Feb 8 and 9, 2011, criticising the treatment of Burmese migrant workers at the company’s facility.

Hector’s blog posts were based on information gathered by interviewing 31 Burmese migrant workers.

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