August 19, 2016

Government to receive report on rights of Myanmar migrant workers

A REPORT that supports the rights of Myanmar migrant workers will be sent to concerned government departments, according to the Thailand-based Education and Development Foundation.
“Our primary aim is that [the report] will allow the government to assist and support migrant workers. Information on incidents in Thailand will be included, as will scenarios on the difficulties faced by migrant workers with access to education, healthcare and equal rights,” said U Htoo Chit, executive director of the foundation.
The drafting of the report began in the last week of May and will be sent to government departments upon completion, while talks relating to migrant worker affairs have been scheduled with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population for 15 June, U Htoo Chit added.
Many instances of Myanmar migrant workers being murdered in Thailand have yet to come to light, according to the Education and Development Foundation. Myanmar migrant workers have also been accused of committing the highly publicised Koh Tao and Ranong murders and are subject to unfair wages.
“I support the drawing up of this report, though I’m not sure how things will transpire during the tenure of the new government. Frankly speaking, support from the previous government for [migrant workers in] Thailand was meagre at the best and completely absent during periods of conflict in border regions,” said Daw Moe Gyi, a former migrant worker in Thailand.
The Education and Development Foundation also issued a report specifically concerning the Ranong murder case on 1 May, which was forwarded to the Ministry of Labour and Immigration and civil society organisations.— Myitmakha News Agency


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