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    Challenges faced by migrant workers in Thailand

    The Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) was founded in 2009 by Myanmar migrant workers from Samut Sakorn district (Mahachai), Thailand to work on issues which affect all migrant workers. MWRN is working together with both Myanmar and Thai government related sectors, civil society organizations and international organizations on education, social and migrant rights issues. Currently there are 4, 511 members of MWRN.


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    400,000 migrant workers in Thailand at risk of deportation


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      Migrants, CSOs and the battle for labour rights in Thailand
      John Quinley III
      11th January 2016

      Burmese workers work on a fishing boats at a pier in Prachuabkhirikhant province, southern Thailand.
      Pic: AP.

      MIGRANT workers in Thailand are discriminated against, scapegoated, vulnerable to exploitation, and human rights abuses. Over the years, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) have played a key role in providing support, empowering communities and documenting abusive practices against migrant workers in Thailand.

      Thailand in 2015 had numerous instances of discrimination and labour abuses against migrants. In the coming year, CSOs should continue to be an integrated part of providing services and documenting abuses against migrants. In December 2015, a panel discussion in BangkokCSOs Work with the Business Sector

      A reportsaid of the AP reportcalleddocumented abuses of migrant workers taking place in TU facilities. The New York Times releasedBritish human rights activist Andy Hall.
      Pic: AP. Hall has been ordered to surrender himself to custody this week prior to his official indictment on defamation charges.

      CSOs Combating Trafficking of Migrants and Refugees

      Migrant workers remain vulnerable to human trafficking in the region. Recently, one of the chief investigators in a high profile trafficking case, Police Major General Paween Pongsirin, fled the country to Australia following alleged threats to his life. Paween led the team of investigators and prosecutors in unveiling human trafficking syndicates that brought about the arrest of 91 individuals earlier this year, including government officials. Thai police have considered filing a defamation suit against him. According to human rights group Fortify Rights, only 12 of 500ILO GLP Program
      Bangkok Post.


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