By Allison Richina, Intern, International Labor Rights Forum
Lawyer, Activist, Human Rights Defender, and Blogger, Charles Hector, is currently facing a three-million defamation lawsuit carried out by Asahi Kosei, a factory in Malaysia. There has been information shared by the Good Electronics Network, and Clean Clothes Campaign, on the legal action for libel and demand for damages commenced by the Japanese electronics company Asahi Kosei against Malaysian labour activist Charles Hector, for publishing information about alleged labor rights violation committees company on his blog and via twitter. The International Labor Rights Forum shares Mr. Hector’s concerns about the way in which it appears that Asahi Kosei has failed to take responsibility for the thirty-one Burmese migrant workers in its Malaysian production site.
The company’s main argument is that the thirty-one workers are not considered apart of their working staff, rather workers supplied by an ‘outsourcing agent’. The company says that these workers are not on their direct payroll, hence they are not responsible for these workers, nor are they responsible for anything that happens to them. The company claims no knowledge of any termination or attempted deportation, or any new agreement that may have been made. Charles Hector’s argument is that once the workers are supplied to the company, then automatically an employment relationship arises between the workers and the company. He has continued to write about worker and migrant rights (throughout his blog http://charleshector.blogspot.com/) in order to find justice for the many misrepresented people in the workplace.