Thai Authorities Charge 156 Employers Under Migrant Worker Laws

During the first two weeks of July, Thai police charged 156 employers with violating the country's migrant worker laws. The increased crackdown comes in the wake of a move by the Thai government to document all migrant workers in the country by the end of June. After the June 30th deadline, the Thai government formed 113 teams to inspect employers in a variety of sectors. Around two-thirds of those charged were guilty of hiring workers without work permits or other proper work … [Read more...]

Myanmar Passes New Legislation in Hopes of Attracting Thai Investors

Myanmar recently passed a new companies law in the hopes that it will attract increased investment from Thai businesses in the coming years. The legislation comes after massive drops in investments from Thailand into the Burmese economy in recent years. Burmese officials point out that the revamped companies law will replace the century-old replaced legislation that stifled foreign investment in the Southeast Asian country. Now, foreign companies will be encouraged to invest in … [Read more...]

Japan’s First Ever Plea Bargain Reached in Thailand Bribery Case

          A Japanese firm agreed to a plea deal after allegedly bribing public officials in Thailand, in what is the country's first ever plea bargain since introducing the new system last month. Japanese government investigators alleged that Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) violated the Unfair Competition Prevention Law by bribing foreign officials. Although MHPS struck a plea deal with the government, they did not admit any wrongdoing … [Read more...]

Thai Government Courting Chinese Investors for $51 Billion Development Project

          The ruling Thai military government is courting Chinese investors to help fund a $51 billion infrastructure and economic development plan for the country's eastern seaboard. The so-called Eastern Economic Corridor project would use Chinese funds to introduce technologically advanced industries to the region, from biotech and robotics to aircraft maintenance, in hopes to revamp what was a traditional manufacturing hub of the … [Read more...]

Ecuador’s High Court Upholds $9.5 Billion in Damages Against Chevron

Ecuador's top court stood by a ruling on Tuesday that levied $9.5 billion in damages against the massive multinational oil company Chevron, for its decades of pollution that harmed both the environment and indigenous Ecuadorians. It was a token ruling, though, as Chevron no longer has pulled all of its assets and business out of the South American company years ago. To acquire the damages, the plaintiffs, which include indigenous people, will have to continue to pursue its case in … [Read more...]