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Karen State – Two Covid-19 Cases Confirmed, More Quarantine Centers Prepared

According to the announcement made on Monday May 18th, two males tested by National Laboratory (Yangon) returned positive results. Both men are from Kawkareik Township, Karen State and had recently returned from Malaysia. Karen State’s Social Affair Minister U Bo Bo Wai Maung confirmed the results to Karen News and said that the two men’s condition are so far not…

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Workers urge Burma, Thai Governments to Assist them in Getting Full Labor Rights

Burma migrant workers and labor activists from Thailand’s Tak Province at the Thai-Burma border have urged Burma and Thai governments to assist them in getting full labor rights under the Thai law. A ceremony marking the 128th anniversary of the International Workers’ Day was held at Mae Tao Ward in Mae Sot, Tak Province in Thailand on May 1. U…

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Burma, Thai Governments Urged to Assist Migrant Workers’ Return Journey to Thailand

Burmese migrant workers and labor rights activists have urged both Burma and Thai governments to assist migrant workers who are having difficulties in buying bus tickets to return back to Thailand after the Thingyan Festival. Many Burmese migrant workers are currently spending the night near Myawaddy-Mae Sot border checkpoint at the Thai-Myanmar border due to soaring bus ticket prices and…

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Seven Burmese Migrant Workers Died in Another Bus Crash

Seven Burmese migrant workers were killed and many have been injured after a bus carrying 50 Burmese migrant workers crashed in Tak Province in Thailand on Monday night (April 9). Under the arrangement of Gold Royal Mandalay Agency, a busload of 50 Burmese migrant workers were travelling from Mae Sot to Bangkok to work officially under the memorandum of understanding…

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Thai Gov’t Issues 10-year Residence Certificate to Burma Migrant Children

The Thai government is issuing a 10-year residence certificate to Burma migrant children who were born in Thailand. As a result, the district municipal offices in Thailand are packed with applicants since the end of February and up to March 5, according to the Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs (JACBA)’s chairman U Moe Gyo. “This is the first time…

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Over 1,000 Burmese Migrant Workers Protest Demanding Full Wage in Mae Sot

Over 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers from Golden File gem-polishing workshop in Bang Wang Takhian Village in the Thai border town of Mae Sot launched a strike on February 14 over the issue of not receiving full wage and getting their wages cut off for document fees. “They don’t give us full wage. They only give us 230 baht per day…

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Labor Right Groups Urge Migrant Workers to Get Legal Papers as Thai Government Extends Grace Period

Migrant workers in Thailand are advised to get their status legalized while there is still time to do so. Burma labor activists urged migrant workers to get the necessary legal documents during the three-month period of suspension of the Thai law on illegal migrant workers. U Moe Kyoe, director of Joint Action Committee for Burma Affairs (JACBA), told Karen News…

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Two Myanmar Migrants Receive Compensation after Getting Sacked

In a rare favorable turn for migrant workers, two Myanmar nationals reported being paid thousands of baht in compensation after they were laid off by a Thai steel factory this week. Ko Tin Soe Lwin and his wife Ma Ngwe Tin were both laid off as part of an alleged staff downsizing at the Jaguar Steel Factory in Hwe Mu…

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Thailand Closes Grace Period Registration of Migrant Workers

With the leniency period now over, Thailand has warned that any remaining unregistered migrant laborers may be deported. Until the August 7 deadline, employers were instructed to register all undocumented workers without risk of facing newly increased fines. Over 772,000 migrant workers were registered during the recent amnesty window, according to the Thai Labour Ministry. The majority of the workers,…

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Education Activist U Naing Naing Tun Passes Away

Education reform activist and champion of migrant education U Naing Naing Tun passed away on August 2 in Thailand, according to his colleagues. He suffered a heart attack and died in the Mae Sot Hospital. He was 47. “His death is a big loss. I’m very saddened,” said Mahn Shwe Hnin, headmaster of the Children’s Development Center and a close…

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