A boat with Rohingya refugees restocked with essential supplies at an island in southern Thailand on Sunday, authorities said, amid signs that overcrowding in Bangladeshi camps could prompt many others to make similarly perilous sea crossings.
Thailand’s fishing industry has long been dogged by allegations of abuses. The country is under further international scrutiny this week as a team of UN experts undertake their first visit to examine human rights in a wide range of businesses in Thailand, including the fishing and seafood sectors.
Fishermen in Thailand remain at risk of forced labour, and the identity documents and wages of some continue to be withheld, despite pressure from major retailers to clean up the industry, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.
Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guerrillas, a Thai border town finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease.
A Burmese family asked Thailand’s Crime Suppression Division (CSD) on Tuesday to probe the death of its youngest child at her employer’s house in Ratchaburi province as they have doubts about local police’s suicide report.
Thailand is preparing to receive people fleeing fighting in Burma and send them back “when they are ready,” the Thai prime minister said on Tuesday, following a series of attacks by Muslim insurgents on Burmese security forces last week.
More needs to be done to ensure that human traffickers are brought to justice and Rohingya migrants are protected, rights groups said on Thursday, after a trial in which 62 people were convicted of crimes including trafficking and murder.
Thailand aims to buy software to strengthen the military government’s ability to track online networks and monitor online activity while planning a cyber law that will expand powers to pry into private communications.
Thailand has no immediate plan to block access to Facebook, the telecoms regulator said on Tuesday, as it expects the social media giant to comply with court orders for the removal of content deemed to threaten national security.
A group of Burmese migrant workers in western Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan province face possible deportation after demanding Songkran holiday wages that they say their employer promised but has not paid out.
China’s plan to blast open more of the Mekong River for bigger cargo ships could founder on a remote outcrop of half-submerged rocks that Thai protesters have vowed to protect against Beijing’s economic expansion in Southeast Asia.
An accommodation zone for migrant workers in Thailand, a government project piloted in Samut Sakhon and Ranong, has received positive feedback from Burmese workers who now find themselves in better and more affordable living conditions.
The Thai government is stepping up efforts to boost the Rangoon-Mae Sot trade link by approving a 1.8 billion baht ($53 million) budget to help Burma develop part of its road along the transnational route.