DVB speaks to several Burmese residents of Thailand about what the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej means to them.
The girl, who was smuggled into Thailand at the age of 11 and forced to work at various jobs without pay, was rescued last week after five years as a captive of a fellow Burmese national.
The Burmese embassy in Bangkok has acknowledged that cards it had issued to two Burmese migrants rights groups working in Thailand had been “confiscated”, but denied that the move would affect the groups’ ability to operate in the country. “The embassy took in the current cards of both groups which resigned as they will be …
Two Burmese labour rights groups said Burma’s authorities had blocked them from operating in Thailand because they had criticised recruitment practices as “legal human trafficking”.
“The attachés yelled at us, shouted rude things, and threatened to get us arrested for disturbing their work.”
Nineteen Burmese workers rescued from human traffickers on Sunday now face months in detention as the case against their accused abusers proceeds.