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By Phattranit Yaodam |
<div> <div>On 26 January 2016, the Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, wrote a letter to the Chairperson of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) regarding the draft Act on Trafficking in Persons Procedure Code. He wrote about the rationale and provided a summary of the main issues, and urged the NLA to give priority to the Bill. </div></div>
<p>A civil society group providing assistance to migrants in Thailand has stated that nearly 400,000 migrants are currently at risk of deportation while human trafficking problems are still endemic. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On Thursday, 18 December 2015, International Migrants Day, the Migrant Working Group (MWG), a civil society organisation based in Thailand, held a press conference to launch its 2015 report ‘Migrant Crisis Protection’ at Xavier Hall in central Bangkok.</p>
<p>The former chief investigator into the Rohingya trafficking case plans to move abroad with his family after resigning from the police force out of fear for his family’s safety. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="">Thairath News</a>, Maj Gen Paween Pongsiri, the head of the team investigating the human trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, has reportedly decided to move abroad with his family out of fear of the repercussions from the still powerful trafficking syndicates.</p>
<p>A provincial court in southern Thailand has dismissed defamation charges against two journalists accused of defaming the Royal Thai Navy for reporting an allegation that ‘Thai naval forces’ were involved in trafficking Rohingya.</p>
By International Labor Rights Forum |
<p>Washington, DC: The U.S. Department of State maintained Thailand’s Tier 3 ranking, the lowest category, in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which was released this morning.</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>(Bangkok, May 28, 2015) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">boat people crisis</a>&nbsp;should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today.&nbsp;<br /></p>
By Fortify Rights |
<p>(BANGKOK)—Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia should immediately coordinate search and rescue operations for Rohingya asylum seekers and possible survivors of trafficking from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are stranded at sea,&nbsp;<a href="">Fortify Rights</a>&nbsp;said today. The governments of these three countries should open their borders to asylum seekers and provide survivors with access to asylum procedures, protection from detention and forced returns, and freedom of movement.</p>
<div><a href="">Khaosod English</a>: Thai officials say they have uncovered yet another abandoned camp used by human smugglers to detain Rohingya refugees near the Malaysian border, the largest of five sites found in a sweep that started at the beginning of the month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>According to police, the jungle camp is located three kilometers away from the first site found by security officers in Songkhla province on 1 May. </div>
By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) |
<p>JAKARTA, 8&nbsp;May 2015 — The horrific discovery of dozens of bodies of trafficking victims in southern Thailand represents yet another disturbing outcome of a collective lack of leadership on the part of regional governments to address the pervasive problem of human trafficking and the unfolding tragedy for Rohingya Muslims, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) this week.<br />&nbsp;</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>(New York, May 2, 2015) – The discovery of more than 30 bodies in a human trafficking camp should prompt Thai authorities to authorize an independent, United Nations-assisted investigation, commit to publish its findings, and bring those responsible to justice, including any government officials involved, Human Rights Watch said today.</p>
<p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-38694e5c-6e15-12eb-2a2a-714f19558bbc">A Thai national media association urged the head of the military junta to understand the role of the media and not to act as a dictator when confronted with unpleasant news reports. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
<p><a href="">Khaosod English</a>: Thailand's military leader has asked the media not to report on human trafficking without considering how the news will affect the country's seafood industry and reputation abroad.</p>