Nada Chaiyajit was sued for defamation for Facebook posts denouncing sexual harassment!
#SLAPP 🚨 Nada Chaiyajit, Human Rights Campaign Advisor at Manushya, was sued for defamation by a politician for Facebook posts denouncing sexual harassment!
⚠️ A Move Forward Party member and elected Bangkok councilor, Santsith Naothaworn, SLAPPed Nada Chaiyajit for her social media posts from May 24 condemning him for having sexually harassed a transgender woman at work. In the posts, Nada detailed that the woman was repeatedly subject to verbal harassment by the politician while working at his company, and that she was eventually let go.
📜 Nada supported the transgender woman with submitting a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) and, as part of NHRCT’s investigation, MFP was requested to respond. After the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee at the MFP party had conducted an investigation, the board agreed that the politician was responsible, suspended his membership, and banned him from serving in the Bangkok Council for one year. He was also placed on probation to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
📣 “Even though I was aware that standing up to this powerful person might eventually lead to a court order, I have to admit that it was still painful when I was officially summoned,” said Nada Chaiyajit.
📌 Nada was SLAPPed for purely exercising her right to freedom of expression online. Not only is this obstructing the fight for gender equality and fairness in the workplace, but it is also an unacceptable disregard for basic human rights!
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✊ Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with Nada. Speaking the truth is not a crime! Denouncing sexual harassment is not a crime! Calling on the politician to respect human rights & business and human rights standards, and making the case public on Facebook is NOT A CRIME!
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