Mizzima:European Parliament urges junta to restore citizenship rights to Rohingya


New Delhi (Mizzima) – The European Parliament on Thursday called on Burma’s military rulers to restore citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslim minorities living in Western Burma’s Arakan State, and urged Thailand not to repatriate the Rohingya migrants, who have been arrested for illegally entering the country, as they would face repression at home.
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AP:Jolie asks Thailand to help Burmese refugees

GENEVA (AP) — Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand’s government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years.

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Irrawaddy:Are Malaysian, Thai Officials Trafficking Burmese Migrants?


KUALA LUMPUR — A scandalous trade in Burmese migrant labor involving Malaysian and Thai officials and international human traffickers is now coming to light, investigators say.

Like thousands of Burmese migrant workers, That Zin Myint travelled overland from Rangoon to Bangkok and reached the Thai border where local syndicates, for a hefty bribe, helped him cross into northern Malaysia and move overland to the capital where cheap, unskilled labor is in great demand.

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Thai people should start consider government without Samak Sundaravej

Thai people should start consider

government without Samak Sundaravej

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has accused protesters in Bangkok of trying to foment another coup. “They want bloodshed in the country,” he told journalists.

In a day of stormy protests, supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) invaded government buildings and a state-run television station.

Organisers of the demonstration have ignored a deadline to leave, vowing to keep supporters on the streets until the government falls.

The protesters accuse Mr Samak of running the country on behalf of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and now in self-imposed exile amid corruption charges.

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Rights urged for Myanmar migrants


Pressure is mounting on Thailand to give greater protection to illegal migrant workers from Myanmar.

Human rights groups say they make up around 75 per cent of foreign workers in Thailand, and that number is expected to rise in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.

The Thai government has just introduced a new anti-trafficking law that recognises labour exploitation for the first time.

Thit lost her arm in an accident but has little
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But campaigners fear that the new regulations may not be enough, and that more needs to be done to help give migrant workers basic rights.



The workers do a range of jobs in Thailand, including manning many of the fishing trawlers that work out of Bangkok harbour. Continue reading