#AceNewsReport – Jan.24: The English language Bangkok Post newspaper reported that the dead man was found with knife wounds: The Bangkok Post reported that Thai police have arrested a 23-year-old man.
#AceDailyNews says according to Bangkok News Report: A second British man was taken to hospital, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said: The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of Saturday in the town of Kanchanaburi.
An FCDO spokesperson said:
” We are in contact with the Royal Thai Police following the death of one British man and the hospitalisation of another in Thailand and are ready to provide consular support.”
#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: Founded in 1908 by US retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge, the company is best known for its flagship department store on London’s Oxford Street.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News Report: The deal for the majority of Selfridges Group is worth around £4bn ($5.4bn), the BBC understands.
The Canadian wing of the billionaire Weston family bought Selfridges for nearly £600m in 2003.
“It is a privilege to be acquiring Selfridges Group, including the flagship Oxford Street store, which has been at the centre of London’s most famous shopping street for over 100 years,” Central Group’s chief executive Tos Chirathivat said in a statement.
It was revealed earlier this month that Central Group was close to agreeing a deal to take over Selfridges.
Selfridges Group employs around 10,000 people and owns 25 stores worldwide, including in major cities in England, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada.
Signa and Central will take over 18 of the 25 stores. Selfridges Group’s seven Holt Renfrew department stores in Canada were not part of the deal and will remain in the ownership of the Weston family.
Selfridges’ new owners said they plan to build on the existing brand to develop luxury online stores as well as improving its physical sites.
“Together we will work with the world’s leading architects to sensitively reimagine the stores in each location, transforming these iconic destinations into sustainable, energy-efficient, modern spaces, whilst staying true to their architectural and cultural heritage,” Signa’s chairman Dieter Berninghaus said.
Selfridges is known for its bright yellow cardboard bags and its flagship store on London’s Oxford Street is a magnet for shoppers and tourists alike.
Home to luxury brands, a visit is just as much about the experience and beautiful displays as what it is selling.
It even inspired a TV series about the American founder Harry Selfridge, who decided to build the “biggest and finest” department store in the world in 1908.
Now that “big, fine brand” and its buildings have brought its owners, the Weston family, a £4bn Christmas present.
Chief Executive of rival Fenwick, John Edgar, a former chief financial officer at the Selfridges Group, described it as a “great price for a fantastic business”
Analysts say that despite the well-publicised woes of retail through the pandemic, this sale shows that the Selfridges brand is unique. And it also underlines just how popular UK property still remains with international investors.
The Weston family – which also owns Fortnum & Mason and has majority control of Primark owner ABF – launched the sales process in June, a few months after the death of W Galen Weston, who oversaw the move to take the department store.
Alannah Weston, chair of Selfridges Group and daughter of Galen Weston, said the move is testament to her “father’s vision for an iconic group of beautiful, truly experiential, department stores”.
“Creative thinking has been at the heart of everything we did together for nearly twenty years and sustainability is deeply embedded in the business,” she added.
Central, which is owned by the billionaire Chirathivat family, is involved in wide range of businesses including real estate, retail, hospitality and restaurants.
The Bangkok-based firm opened its first department store in 1956 and has grown to become Thailand’s biggest owner of shopping malls.
It also has an e-commerce joint venture with China’s JD.com and a stake in south east Asian ride-hailing and delivery giant Grab.
Selfridges’ Oxford Street store once had 100 departments, including a library and shooting range.
Vienna-based Signa Group was founded by entrepreneur René Benko in 2000 and has become Austria’s largest privately owned real estate company.
The two firms already jointly own major department stores across Europe.
The Central-Signa 50/50 bid reportedly beat rival offers from the Qatar Investment Authority, which owns Harrods, and Lane Crawford, a Hong Kong-based department store chain.
Before the impact of the pandemic, Selfridges had doubled its profits and reported sales growth of more than 80% since being taken over by the Westons.
The family has received more than £580m in dividends from the business over the past decade, but also injected investment into improving the store’s experience, with new concepts including an indoor skate park at its London store.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: A local hunter came across Barry Leonard Weller in a remote forest in Khon Kaen province, said Nattapat Tadee, a member of a local volunteer team that helped rescue him #AceNewsDesk report
#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: Mr Weller said he had not eaten anything during his ordeal but sipped water puddled on rocks, using grass as a straw, Nattapat said…….
#AceDailyNews says that a British man rescued after being lost for three days in Thai jungle he was asleep on a rock formation after climbing it to try to see a route out……
Video showed Mr Weller walking gingerly out of the forest, the rescue team around him.
He was shoeless and dressed in shorts and an open shirt. He looked tired and had multiple small cuts on his legs, but otherwise appeared healthy.
“Yes, I am wonderfully happy. I have never been so happy in my life,” Mr Weller said.
“My feet are sore, otherwise I am happy. Hot. I just admire the work these people are doing. It makes me cry. They are doing a good job.”
He emerged to an emotional reunion with his Thai partner, Tawee Chaisanrit. They hugged tightly and wept before thanking rescuers.
“Thank you everyone. Thank you to all the teams who kept fighting along with me,” she said, holding her hands together in a traditional Thai gesture of respect.
Ms Tawee, 49, said by phone that Mr Weller left their home on Tuesday and failed to return.
It rained heavily and she searched for him unsuccessfully. She alerted the authorities the next day.
She said he told her that he had taken a different route than usual and became lost.
Mr Weller is retired and has lived in Thailand for about 15 years, she said.
There are many types of wild animals in Thailand’s jungles, including tigers, leopards, bears and elephants, but rescuers said that particular forest was not considered dangerous.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: The bulk purchase of 41.8 tons was recorded in June. In May and July, the regulator acquired 11.9 tons and 8.5 tons, respectively, according to Exame, a Sao Paulo-based media outlet. In monetary terms, Brazil’s gold holdings saw substantial growth of 98.5% to $7.596 billion as the pandemic drove global gold prices to new heights….
#AceFinanceDesk says that Brazil gold reserves surge nearly 100% in three months as Central Bank doubles purchases according to reports that the move marks the first major purchase in the past decade, as the central bank had barely changed the amount of reserves invested in the precious metal since November 2012 and the weaker dollar & coronavirus surge boost gold’s safe-haven appeal according to Exame, a Sao Paulo-based media outlet.
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Brazil’s international gold and foreign exchange reserves totaled $355.7 billion as of the end of July, with the share of gold increasing to 2.1%. At the end of 2020, the share of the precious metal in Brazil’s foreign reserves totaled 1.2%, standing at $4.101 billion.
In the first six month of the current year, the country became the world’s third-biggest buyer of gold after Thailand and Hungary. Brazil’s central bank purchased 53.74 tons, according to data tracked by the World Gold Council (WGC).
“Central banks are likely to continue buying gold on a net basis in 2021 at a similar or higher rate than in 2020, driven by a continued focus on diversification and risk management,” the WGC projected, noting that central banks globally bought 333 tons of gold in the first six months of the current year.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: Local officials identified the victim as Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, aged 57: Police found her face down in the water covered by a black sheet, with her phone, shorts and trainers nearby: Theerawut Tortip told reporters at a police press conference that he killed the woman and stole from her: I would like to apologise to the family of the tourist and plead for all Thais to forgive me,” he said.
He was detained after nearby CCTV footage showed him travelling to the waterfall around the same time Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf went there, police said.
Under the programme, vaccinated tourists can come to the island without the need to quarantine, but cannot travel to the mainland within 14 days.
Ms Sauvain-Weisskopf’s death has prompted local officials to step up security on the island amid concerns that it is a huge setback to the sandbox scheme.
Governor Narong Woonciew said officials would survey unsafe areas in each community and put them under surveillance.
A spokesman for Thailand’s foreign minister Don Pramudwinai said on Twitter he had sent his condolences to the Swiss ambassador for the “murder of a Swiss woman in Phuket”.
And government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had ordered police “to expedite the investigation to identify and arrest the culprit”.
He also ordered officials to increase security in Phuket.
Switzerland’s foreign ministry meanwhile released a statement on Thursday saying Thai authorities had contacted them about the death of an “apparent Swiss citizen” but gave no more details, citing privacy concerns.
Local reports have said she was a Swiss diplomat, although officials have not yet commented on her job.
Before the pandemic, tourism accounted for about one-fifth of the Thai economy.
#AceNewsReport – July.08: Maj. Gen. Phanthana Nutchanart identified the two suspects as 42-year-old Alex Kartun, a dual German-Russian national, and 38-year-old Alexander Wolfien, a German citizen.
BANGKOK: Thai police expect to extradite 2 German drug suspects after the men were arrested in Thailand and are expected to be extradited to Germany on suspicion of being part of a European drug trafficking gang, immigration police said Wednesday.
He said the two were arrested Tuesday in southern Thailand at the request of German authorities for allegedly producing and distributing an illicit drug made from chemical and herbal substances. German Embassy officials said the gang distributed the drug in several European countries and some users reportedly died, Phanthana said.
The two suspects were unavailable for comment and it was not known if they had legal representation.
About 20 people suspected of involvement in production and sale of the drug were arrested in Germany, but the two detained Tuesday escaped to Thailand several years ago, Phanthana said. The two men face 14 charges in Germany related to trafficking the drug and two related to producing it, he said.
Kartun, who was accused of being the leader of the gang, was arrested at a luxury villa on Phangan island with a Russian companion, 42-year-old Victor Thubnikov, whom Thai police arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.
Police arrested Wolfien on the resort island of Phuket where he had more than 1 million baht ($31,000 ) in cash, several luxury watches and ownership titles for land in Phuket and Phangan worth more than 10 million baht ($310,000).
Phanthana said police will investigate the source of the two men’s funds. The suspects can challenge their extradition in court, though if they are found to be staying illegally in Thailand they may be subject to deportation without an extradition hearing.
#AceNewsReport – July.06: Reporting by Amnesty’s on-the-ground monitors is corroborated by interviews with dozens of victims and eyewitnesses. Amnesty’s International Crisis Evidence Lab has also verified 87 videos depicting police violence.
Thailand: Police violence and harmful chemical irritants routinely unleashed on young protesters: The report, My face burned as if on fire, provides exhaustive documentation and analysis of the past year of Thai protests, painting a detailed picture of the excessive and unlawful use of force against largely peaceful protesters: new research from Amnesty International reveals today.
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“Bystanders and protesters, most of them not engaged in any unlawful or violent behaviour, suffered traumatic violence at the hands of the police: people were beaten, hit by rubber bullets and tear gassed, all because they dared to gather peacefully and express themselves,” said Emerlynne Gil, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director of Research.
“As protests grew in scale throughout the year, Thai authorities comprehensively failed to de-escalate a volatile situation, and put large numbers of people in danger, including children.”
Multiple testimonies in the report highlight the excessive use of chemical irritants on crowds, including in tear gas and water cannon discharge. Victims report suffering injuries such as severe burns and nasal bleeding.
Eyewitnesses and victims also describe many incidents of dangerous policing, from the aiming of high-pressure water cannons at people’s heads to the reckless firing of rubber bullets into the crowd.
“That was not arrest. That was battery” – Police beatings as part of crackdown
Tens of thousands of Thais took to the streets to demand democratic reforms throughout 2020 and into 2021 in Bangkok, the capital, and in provinces across Thailand. As the protest movement grew in 2020, so too did the severity of the Thai police’s response.
Riot police deployed water cannon on four occasions (16 October, 8 November, 17 November 2020 and 28 February 2021) to disperse protests which were largely peaceful, violating international human rights law and standards.
Eyewitnesses and verified video evidence show water jets discharged from a distance of 10m against protesters, safety marshals, journalists, and observers. The jets were sometimes aimed at the upper body and head. On other occasions, they were deployed indiscriminately at protesters pressed tightly together and unable to move or find cover.
Amnesty International further documented severe police beatings as well as the unlawful use of rubber bullets during the 28 February 2021 protest.
Victims and eyewitnesses said that police kicked protesters with combat boots and hit them with shields and batons. Police also struck protesters on the head, neck, back and abdomen, even after they had been apprehended and restrained.
A 16-year-old protester told Amnesty International: “They tied my hands behind my back with cable ties. After that, they kept kicking me and beating me up with batons. They used batons to beat me all over my body, my neck, my limbs, my head, my back…until a plainclothes officer came and said, ‘The order was to capture not beat up [protesters].’”
The protester added: “That was not an arrest. That was battery.”
Eyewitnesses and a victim also recounted how rubber bullets were fired by riot police even after protesters at the February demonstration started to retreat peacefully. Rubber bullets and casings were found at the protest site.
“I couldn’t breathe” – Unlawful use of chemical irritants and tear gas
At the protest on 17 November 2020, people reported experiencing coughing, skin and eye irritation and redness, chemical burns, breathing difficulties, burning sensations in the nose, lungs and skin, and nasal blood discharge after inhaling chemicals released from tear gas canisters or being hit by jets from water cannon.
“I felt like my face was burning and I couldn’t breathe,” said one 24-year-old observer after tear gas cannisters landed in front of her. “The gas mask didn’t help at all. I was knocked out. I [only] became conscious later at the hospital.”
At two locations near Bangkok’s Parliament House, riot police fired tear gas and water cannons laced with irritants at peaceful protesters from a distance of approximately ten metres. Chemical irritants were repeatedly used on the protesters for a period of five and a half hours.
Eighteen individuals interviewed by Amnesty International reported sustaining injuries or witnessed others who sustained injuries.
A protest guard who was volunteering to manage crowds and ensure demonstrators’ safety, described being targeted for several hours by water cannon and tear gas : “I felt fatigued. Drenched all over my body. Rankled, pained. I was so battered, I was numb with pain. We could not go on”.
Violent policing part of Thailand’s arsenal of repression
The youth-led popular movement followed six years of smaller peaceful assemblies to protest the aftermath of the May 2014 military coup, after which the coup-installed National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) imposed a range of restrictions on political activity.
These were partially lifted after the 2019 general elections, in which the political opposition’s participation was extensively curtailed while NCPO military officials assumed elected civilian office.
Since the military coup in 2014, the Thai authorities have persistently targeted and persecuted activists, human rights defenders, journalists, political opponents and many others expressing views critical of government action.
While protests have abated as Thailand battles a renewed increase in Covid-19 infections, the authorities have criminalised and detained peaceful protesters – including under emergency provisions to tackle Covid-19, and despite the country’s prisons having seen thousands of infections in recent weeks.
According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, since July 2020, at least 679 individuals have faced criminal charges – including sedition, royal defamation, computer-related crime, violation of the Public Assembly – in 344 lawsuits for joining peaceful protests, 43 of them children. Eighteen individuals have also been charged with contempt of court. One activist received a four-month prison sentence in late March 2021.
Time for a new approach
Amnesty International is calling on the police to protect the rights of all peaceful protesters and facilitate their rights to peaceful protest and free expression. The organization further urges police to prioritize non-violent means, such as negotiation, mediation and dialogue, to de-escalate situations which might lead to violence.
Amnesty urges the Thai authorities to immediately drop all charges against human rights defenders and activists targeted for exercising their right to protest.
Problematic laws such as the Public Assembly Act and the Emergency Decree must be repealed and existing less restrictive measures which comply with international human rights law and standards must instead be implemented. Everyone has the right to peacefully join a protest and voice their opinions without facing charges.
“The Thai authorities are using violence and judicial harassment to quash nationwide discontent. These fear tactics are only helping to highlight many of the protesters’ grievances, further fuelling the protests,” said Emerlynne Gil.
“It is time for a new approach, one which recognises that Thailand’s protests are overwhelmingly peaceful and grounded in the human rights to free assembly and expression.
“Ultimately, this youth movement is a plea for dialogue. The authorities should not respond with batons, water cannon, chemicals and bogus lawsuits.”
#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: More than 42,000 plaintiffs have joined lawsuits against German chemical giant Bayer, blaming the company’s glyphosate-based weedkiller for their cancer: The number of plaintiffs, largely brought by US citizens, is now at 42,700 — more than double the 18,400 reported in the middle of July, Bayer announced on Wednesday.
DW Reports: The legal cases all concern Roundup, a weedkiller with controversial active ingredient glyphosate: “This significant increase is clearly driven by the plaintiff-side television advertising spend which is estimated to have roughly doubled in the third quarter compared with the entire first half of the year,” Bayer said in a statement: “However, the number of lawsuits says nothing about their merits,” it added: Claims against the company gathered momentum following a lawsuit in August 2018 that found Monsanto, a Bayer subsidiary, should have warned of alleged cancer risks associated with its glyphosate-based weedkillers: Read the Full Article The Guardian news, [Nov 10, 2019 at 07:20] Thailand wants to ban these three pesticides: The US government says no | Carey Gillam reported that The Trump administration is putting profits before people by pressuring the country not to ban harmful chemicals made by Dow, Syngenta and MonsantoYou know it’s a dark day for America when foreign leaders have to lecture US officials about the importance of prioritising public health over corporate profits.Yet that is what is happening now, as the Trump administration pressures Thailand not to ban three pesticides that scientific research has shown to be particularly dangerous to children and other vulnerable populations. Continue reading…here ……………………..https://clck.ru/JsP4W #
However, no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where the persecuted Rohingya people have fled in droves. Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labor in Thailand, local media reported, citing police.
The majority of cases were uncovered in eastern Shan state, which borders Thailand, Laos and China, followed by Mandalay and Yangon, the two largest cities.
#AceNewsServices – THAILAND – November 05- The Swedish co-founder of the Pirate Bay is due to be transferred to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in north-east Thailand, AFP reported.
‘ Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested on Laos-Thailand border ‘
Police from Stockholm are pressing to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.
Fredrik Neij, 36, wasstopped late Monday at the border with Laos,
Thai police said. Local officers “will escort him on the flight to Bangkok and Swedish police will help us whisk him to the immigration bureau before he is handed over to Swedish authorities,” Police Colonel Panlop Suriyakul na Ayutthaya said.
After four years on the run, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, one of the founders of the Swedish file-sharing giant, has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Sweden.
The 36-year-old Swede, known in hacking communities as TiAMO, was travelling to Thailand with his Laotian wife when he was detained at a border checkpoint in Nong Khai under a warrant issued by Interpol.
Neij has reportedly travelled to Thailand, where he owns a house, nearly 30 times since fleeing to south-east Asia in 2012.
A US-based film association had hired a Thai lawyer to track down Neij, and his photo was distributed to border police at Nong Khai, AP reported Immigration Police Commissioner Chartchai Eimsaeng as saying.
Teij was wearing the same T-shirt at the time of the Monday arrest as he was in the photo, helping officers identify him, Chartchai told the AP.
‘ The Pirate Bay ‘
The BitTorrent index site and tracker Pirate Bay, founded in 2003, allow users to share files through peer-to-peer technology, often violating copyright laws.
Neij is the last of the three co-founders to be taken into custody.
All three fled after being given one-year sentences in 2009 and ordered to pay $4.8 million to the entertainment industry in compensation for lost profits. An appeals court later reduced the sentences to eight months while increasing the fine to $6.9 million.
Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was arrested in Cambodia in 2012 and sent back to Sweden after an international arrest warrant was issued against him.
Warg served his sentence for copyright infringement while facing a hacking charge in Denmark.
Last Friday a Danish court sentenced him to an additional 3 1/2 years in prison for hacking into and downloading sensitive data from CSC, a large Denmark-based IT service provider.
Peter Sunde was arrested on a farm in Sweden over the summer.
Regardless of the arrests, The Pirate Bay remains one of the internet’s most visited sites.
#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children.
‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘
The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.
The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.
According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.
I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list, I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.
Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue
The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.
The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost. The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.
The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.
Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.
Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism
The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”
The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.
They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.
‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘
That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.
These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.
The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons.Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.
This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futilejihadi indoctrination.
It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.
Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.
Two years ago, on behalf of Finnwatch, he undertook an investigation into Natural Fruit, part of NatGroup, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Finnwatch’s final report paints a picture suggesting modern slavery:
“…passports and work permits confiscated; compulsory and excessive overtime; fines and unclear deductions from wages; debt bondage and violence by guards and superiors.”
Instead of focusing on addressing these serious allegations, Natural Fruit decided to try and silence Andy with lawsuits. They have pursued civil and criminal charges and now Andy could face a prison sentence and $10 million in legal damages for his investigations. Are you as outraged? Now is your chance to join the call for justice.
Now is a crucial time in Andy’s prosecution. Andy’s trial has just started. Although Natural Fruit’s behaviour is deeply disturbing it proves that the company cares about its public image.
By coming together over the next few days, with activists all around the world that are standing in solidarity with Andy, we can show Natural Fruit’s senior management what we think about these excessive and intimidating charges.
If this case proceeds and Natural Fruit are successful this would not only be a grave miscarriage of justice for Andy. This process could set a dangerous precedent for other companies in Thailand that might take a similar approach when allegations are raised of modern slavery in their supply chains.
This threatens the work of anti-slavery campaigners but also workers in Thailand who might be too afraid to come forward and report abuse.
Please join the growing global outcry over his prosecution and fight for the rights of anti-slavery campaigners and their efforts to end worker exploitation.
They said Matusov, nicknamed as Basmach, is accused of a number of crimes, including an attempt on the life of two or more people by an organized group, as well as intended killing of two persons committed by an organized group.
Detectives found that on November 17, 1996, criminals led by Pavel Bondartskov attacked four business people, killing three of them and wounding another one in the settlement of Sverdlovsky in the Moscow region’s Shchelkovo district.
In June 2010, Matusov was put on the federal wanted list. In August 2010 he was put on the international wanted list at a request from the criminal search department in Shchelkovo municipal district.
He was arrested for the violation of traffic rules on June 23, 2014 in the Thai sea resort of Pattaya, where he had lived since 2009 on forged passport (Reported Itar-Tass)
#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 26 – The leader of opposition in Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban has been officially accused of treason on Monday. After that, he has been released on bail, according to local media reports.
Suthep Thaugsuban was arrested by the new military government of the kingdom of Thailand immediately after the state coup was announced. The military held Thaugsuban in detention until Monday morning.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which assumed power after the coup, reported that Suthep Thaugsuban and his 11 supporters were released and brought by the soldiers to the Prosecutor’s General Office, where they faced official accusations of treason, inciting to riot and terrorism.
After that, the Criminal Court of Bangkok ruled to release on bail all the suspects.
Sithep Thaugsuban is one of the key leaders of the anti-government movement responsible for street unrest in Bangkok in recent months.
Six months ago, several arrest warrants have been issued for Suthep Thaugsuban, but no attempts were made to detain him.
#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – – May 26 (Xinhuanet) — CNN reports that former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in military custody. This is according to a highly placed source in the military that took over Thailand last week.
A source close to Yingluck has also reportedly confirmed that she has been released from a military camp. The former Prime Minister was ordered to report to the National Council for Peace and Order on Friday.
More than 100 others, including politicians and activists, have also been summoned.
Thailand’s military seized power on Thursday, after months of turmoil that paralysed much of the government and caused deadly clashes in Bangkok.
The Thai king has officially endorsed the military coup that seized power in the country last Thursday, said General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the uprising. The ruling junta warned protesters over the weekend that the army was ready to crackdown on any sign of protest of the new regime. The military authorities currently have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in custody and said they will release her in a week’s time.
#AceWorldNews – May 25 – At least three people have been killed and 55 injured in a series of bombings which took place in Thailand’s south. Islamic insurgent activity has permeated the area for more than 10 years. “Explosions killed three and injured 55 people. Of those, five people were seriously injured…the explosions occurred in busy areas as people were shopping ahead of curfew,” Southern region military spokesman Colonel Piamote Prom-In told Thai television on Saturday, referring to a 10pm curfew imposed since a military coup on Thursday. In addition to the spate of attacks spanning Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, provinces, some gunfire was also heard. #ANS2014
#AceWorldNews – BANGKOK – May 24 – Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha also met key officials, telling them reform must come before any elections.Gen Prayuth summoned governors, business leaders and civil servants to the Bangkok Army Club on Friday.
Six of Thailand’s most senior military officers have now been appointed to run the country, with provincial commanders supervising local government.
The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says that, unlike in previous coups, there have been no promises of a quick return to civilian rule.
Thailand’s military has ordered 35 more people, including prominent academics, to report to them by Saturday afternoon as the post-coup crackdown continues.
The move comes a day after the army ordered more than 100 politicians, including ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra, to come to the military council.
Ms Yingluck was detained in Bangkok on Friday and spent the night in custody.
Meanwhile, the US has suspended $3.5m (£2.1m) in military aid to Thailand and told the army to restore civilian rule.
Washington also urged tourists to cancel trips and halted non-essential visits by US government officials, following Thursday’s coup.
Officials said Ms Yingluck would not be held for more than a week but insisted that her detention was necessary while matters in the country were organised.
Ms Yingluck, who had been PM until being removed by the judiciary this month, was ordered to report to the military along with more than 100 other politicians, including acting PM Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan.
“If the situation is peaceful, we are ready to return power to the people,” he added.The United States led widespread international criticism of the coup, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying there was “no justification”.
But an official said the US would continue joint exercises currently taking place with the Thai military.