Tens of thousands of workers have fled Thailand, most of them for homes in neighbouring Burma, after new labour regulations adopted by the military government sparked fear and panic among the migrant community.
Burma’s government is keeping an eye on the situation for its migrant workers in Qatar as a diplomatic crisis has engulfed the Middle Eastern emirate, vowing to assist any Burmese nationals facing difficulties as a result of the regional upheaval.
British rights activist Andy Hall files lawsuits against Thai authorities and a major Thai fruit producer, accusing them of unlawful prosecution over a 2014 criminal defamation case against him that had been thrown out of court.
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.
Burmese nationals lead more than 2,000 migrant workers at a major Thai seafood exporting company in calling for bigger bonuses and better welfare benefits, a rare demand in a country that bars foreigners from forming trade unions.
Burma said on Monday it had sent out safety instructions to its migrant workers in Malaysia after attackers hacked five of them to death with swords, weeks after it barred workers from going there, partly because of security fears.
Residents of the neighbourhood in Malaysia where five Burmese migrant workers were killed by armed assailants last week told a local daily that the violence was uncharacteristic in a community made up of many foreign workers simply looking to earn a living.
The Department of Labour in Naypyidaw on Tuesday ordered overseas employment agencies to temporarily stop sending migrants to Malaysia amid rising tensions between the two countries over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in western Burma.