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Group alleges abuse of workers in Thailand
« on: February 23, 2010, 12:04:47 PM »
Group alleges abuse of workers in Thailand

BANGKOK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Migrant workers and their families in Thailand have been targets of police abuse and discriminatory laws and policies, a human rights group charges.

Human Rights Watch released a report Monday urging the Thai government to investigate killings, extortion and labor rights abuses.

A February deadline for millions of migrant workers to enter a "national verification" process or risk immediate deportation would lead to further abuses and should be delayed, the report concluded.

"Migrant workers make huge contributions to Thailand's economy, but receive little protection from abuse and exploitation," Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said. "Those from (Myanmar), Cambodia and Laos suffer horribly at the hands of corrupt civil servants and police, unscrupulous employers, and violent thugs, who all realize they can abuse migrants with little fear of consequences."

Eighty percent of migrant workers in Thailand are from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Facing ethnic and political conflict in their home country, the complicated and unregulated nationality verification process could lead to mass deportations and expose them to risk, HRW said.

The costs of the verification process, which can equate to two or three months' salary, are unacceptably high for migrant communities, the group charges.


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Re: Group alleges abuse of workers in Thailand
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 02:17:43 PM »
I was told a week or two ago that some of the rural police road blocks are aimed at finding illegal Burmese workers. So that's another thing that Thailand has failed to learn from Europe and the US - how to let their country be overwhelmed by welfare seeking immigrants. There's no such problem in Oz, of course, where Indian immigrants are used as punch bags by the local thugs.