e)Taking away of another 2 other workers to be processed to be send back toBurma on or about 9/2/2011 and 10/2/2011, when they refused to agree to thenew ‘agreement’, when these 2 were workers that did go to the NationalHuman Rights Commission and Labour Department to lodge complaints on behalf of the 31. We would also like to refer to the code of conduct of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition EICC, which calls “to uphold the human rights of workers andto treat them with dignity” and refers to Universal Declaration of Human Rights andInternational Labour Standards. In particular, we would like to stress that it has become internationally recognized that a company is responsible for the workers who work in its production sites, even if they are not directly employed but hired throughan employment agency. Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd., which makesDie-Cast Aluminium Parts for HDD(Computer Parts), VTR, and Automotive partsfor different well know Japanese brands
and international brands, most (if not all),including Hitachi as an example, have codes of conduct that imposes obligations toensure protection of human rights and worker rights, including anti discriminationnot just with regard to workers in Asahi Kosei factory – but also workers incompanies that supply Asahi Kosei the requirements for what ismanufactured/produced in Asahi Kosei.The most recent
“Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights:Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy
”Framework by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General on the issueof human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, which was accepted by the Human Rights Council, also clearly recognized the humanrights defender and their rights. As such the commencement and the continuation of a legal action against Human Rights Defender by this Japanese company isdeplorable and contrary to universal human rights standards, and certainly againstthe promotion and protection of rights.It is sad that some companies with declared Code of Conducts and Standards areseen to be hypocrites by reason of their continued association with companies where worker and human rights have been violated, and after five months, Human RightsDefender Charles Hector is still facing a trial, that is now fixed for thecommencement of full trial at the end of August 2011.It must be pointed out that the worst violation by Asahi Kosei, has been thethreatening, commencing and still continuing the legal action claiming USD3.2million against Human Rights Defender, Charles Hector – and this has resulted inmany calls from various quarters for the immediate withdrawal of the suit, and that Asahi Kosei focuses its attention in trying to ensure justice for the said 31 migrant workers.
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