|Myanmar migrant workers employed on fishing boats unload fish in Phuket, southern Thailand, June 13, 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
In a new briefing, the Environmental Justice Foundation strongly recommends that Thailand remains on Tier 3 in the US government’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report to send a clear signal to Bangkok that further progress and substantive efforts are required to ensure removal from the Tier 3 ranking which places it alongside countries such as North Korea and Iran.
|Migrant workers at the fishing port on Si Rae island, off Phuket, southern Thailand, June 13, 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has received a letter from forty-five human rightsorganisations asking him to end a pilot project to recruit prisoners from Thailand’s correctional facilities to fill a labour shortage in the fishing industry, according to a press release issued by the Thai Frozen Foods Association on January 15.
|Myanmar migrant workers unload the catch at the fishing port on Si Rae island, off Phuket, southern Thailand, 13 June 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
A migrant rights NGO is calling on the authorities in southern Thai tourist resorts to respect minimum wage, work permit and social security regulations for Myanmar migrant workers who contribute to the region’s successful economy.
|Men unload fish from a fishing boat at the port bordering Myanmar, in Ranong, southern Thailand, 24 October 2014. Photo: EPA/BARBARA WALTON|
With an eye to improving Thailand’s standing on the US Trafficking in Persons list, the government of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is seeking to regulate fishing trawlers that typically employ migrant and trafficked workers, reports the Bangkok Post on December 29.
|Mr Andy Hall (L), a representative of the Migrant Worker Rights Network, hands a letter of complaint to a Thai police officer at Bo Phut Police Station on Koh Samui, southern Thailand on December 28, 2014. Photo: Andy Hall/Facebook|
A migrant workers organization has filed complaint letters with two police stations in southern Thailand on December 28 over allegedly excessive motorcycle fining practices of Myanmar migrants by the Thai police on the resort islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.