US Urges Thai­land to Stamp Out Myan­mar Forced Labour Prac­tices

Mizzima Business Weekly - - BUSINESS ALERTS -

Thai­land has again been sharply crit­i­cised and given a low hu­man rights com­pli­ance rank­ing by the United States’ State Depart­ment.

The depart­ment’s an­nual hu­man traf­fick­ing re­port said forced la­bor, es­pe­cially in­volv­ing mi­grants from Myan­mar, re­mains preva­lent in Thai­land’s fish­ing and fish re­lated in­dus­tries.

“The pros­e­cu­tion of jour­nal­ists and ad­vo­cates for ex­pos­ing traf­fick­ers, and state­ments dis­cour­ag­ing media re­port­ing on traf­fick­ing crimes un­der­mined some ef­forts to iden­tify and as­sist vic­tims and ap­pre­hend traf­fick­ers,” the State Depart­ment’s an­nual re­port said.

Thai­land is es­ti­mated to have be­tween 3 and 4 mil­lion mi­grant work­ers. Many are illegal en­trants with no pro­tec­tion from ex­ploita­tion and a coun­try with a la­bor short­age.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the changes [Thai­land] has made so far are largely cos­metic,” said Abby McGill, cam­paigns di­rec­tor for the In­ter­na­tional La­bor Rights Fo­rum.

“We hope this [State Depart­ment rank­ing] de­ci­sion will un­der­score the ur­gent need to re­form immigratio­n and la­bor laws so they up­hold the hu­man rights of mi­grant work­ers, one of the pop­u­la­tions in Thai­land most vul­ner­a­ble to hu­man traf­fick­ing.”

The Euro­pean Union in April gave the Thai gov­ern­ment six months to im­prove its mi­grant la­bor mar­ket or face sanc­tions.

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