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Thailand Migrant Workers Sign Contracts They Don’t Understand, Undercutting Efforts to Stop Abuses

Migrant workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being asked to sign contracts they cannot read in order to work in Thailand’s fishing fleet, a new study has found, undercutting efforts to expunge abuses from a sector worth billions of dollars to the Southeast Asian country. Thailand ...

Vijitra Duangdee

OPINION: A year since the transient worker Covid crisis: Lessons for Southeast Asia

April marked the one-year anniversary since most countries in the world went into some form of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. The pandemic first and foremost has exposed gaps in current labour practices towards low-skilled transient (migrant) workers across Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore, ...

FANZURA BANU AND SHEE SIEW YING

UK Home Office charters its first ever deportation flight to Vietnam

Charities and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at a decision by the Home Office to charter its first ever deportation flight to Vietnam. The Guardian has learned that the flight is due to take off on Wednesday, though it is unclear why the government has decided ...

Diane Taylor

Labor Rights Groups Urge Cambodian Government to Assist Illegal Migrant Workers in Thailand

Cambodian labor rights officials on Friday called on their government to address challenges undocumented migrant workers in Thailand face obtaining legal employment on the eve of a registration deadline that could see tens of thousands deported or imprisoned after months being idled by coronavirus restrictions. Thailand’s ...

RFA’s Khmer Service. Translation by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Cambodia’s COVID-19 migrant cluster infections rises to 82 along, along with one imported cases, tally now 458

Cambodia this morning recorded two new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the two, one of them is a migrant worker returning from Thailand on 15 January 2021 and was tested positive. The victim is a 26-year-old  male from  Sleng village, Sranol commune, Kralanh district, ...

Parks Dept rejects Karen call to return

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has rejected a request by a group of evicted Karen villagers to be allowed to resettle in their ancestral home deep into a forest at the Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi. “As long as there ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

ASEAN’s Migrant Worker Clusters

According to think tank, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, across Southeast Asia, an estimated 10 million migrant workers live and work in major destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.  Malaysia is home to around two million documented migrant workers, comprising about 15 percent ...

Athira Nortajuddin

Epidemic Reconstruction Reveals Gambling and Trafficking of Migrant Workers are Major Sources of Ongoing COVID-19 Spread 

As many as 45 provinces have been infected by the infection cluster first exploding among migrant workers communities in Samut Sakhon, while several more have been added to the list by the clusters involving gambling dens and local gambling such as cock fighting The disease control ...

B.Tribune

Myanmar Migrant Worker Says His Seafood Market Boss Started Chain of COVID-19 Infections

A Myanmar migrant worker in Thailand who became infected with the coronavirus said Wednesday that he contracted the illness from his Thai employer in a huge seafood market compound in coastal Samut Sakhon province near the capital Bangkok. On Monday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and ...

Nayrein Kyaw for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over virus

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a flare-up in such online hate speech as well as ...

Reporting by Shoon Naing in Yangon; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Sam Holmes

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