27 Burmese injured in gas explosion at Thai seafood factory

July 24, 2012  •  Author: Nan Ying (KIC)

Yesterday a gas explosion at the Andaman Seafood Company factory in Ranong, Southern Thailand, injured 27 Burmese migrant workers and two Thai workers. A woman Burmese translator at Ranong Hospital said women workers wounded in the explosion were sent to the hospital in Rano... Read more ►

Thai officials read migrant workers their rights

June 25, 2012  •  Author: Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

Last week Thai officials and advocates from a migrant worker rights group held a public meeting to tell workers from Burma what their rights and protection was provided by Thailand’s labor laws. Migrant worker rights groups said that the official public talk was an importa... Read more ►

Thailand and Burmese labor protection groups discuss worker rights

June 8, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Mae Sot branch of the Thai Labor Protection Office met with the community-based organization (CBO) that represent Burmese migrant workers to discuss the Thailand’s Labor Protection Act issue in detail. Ko Htwe Naing from Yaung Chi Oo Workers’ Association told Kar... Read more ►

80 Burmese workers rescued from shrimp factory

May 18, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Burmese Association of Thailand along with Thai authorities rescued 80 Burmese migrant workers that were being illegally held by their employer at the San Tit shrimp factory in Maha Chai near Bangkok. According to a member of the BAT team the abused workers were confused... Read more ►

Songkran/Thingyan Water Festival on the Thai Burma border – a deadly experience

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Saw Mort with additional reporting by Nan Paw Gay

Saw Mort, a Karen News video journalist and photographer, bravely took his camera to the water soaked streets of Mae Sot to capture migrant workers celebrating the annual water festival. On the Thai Burma border, the festival is celebrated by tens of thousands of migrant wor... Read more ►

No place to call home…

March 6, 2012  •  Author: Kweh Say

After 60 years of military rule, Burma has become one of the least developed countries in the world. Military rule has denied civilians their basic human rights. Militarisation by the Burma Army (Tamadaw) in ethnic areas such as Karen, Shan and Kachin States continues to cau... Read more ►

Thai Foreign Minister holds talks on border closure and migrant workers with Burma

February 7, 2012  •  Author: Shwe Thite Taw (KIC)

The Thai Foreign Minister, Mr Surapong Tovichakchaikul, led a group of visited Burma, border town of Myawaddy to meet with Karen State Chief Minister U Zaw Min on 3rd February. Speaking to the media the Mr Surapong said discussions at the Myawaddy meeting concentrated on mig... Read more ►

Teachers’ celebrate gender equality

October 19, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Banners with “Teachers for Gender Equality” written on them were hanging on both walls and on the stage at the Children Development Center, a migrant school in Mae Sot, a Thai town on the border between Thailand and Burma. The Children Development Center was hosting the ... Read more ►

MSF patients suffer from medical service withdrawal

October 11, 2011  •  Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)

Community workers in Sanklaburi province of Thailand and the Three Pagodas Pass region of Burma claim Medecins Sans Frontieres patients undergoing medical treatment from the NGO will face difficulties now that the organization has withdrawn its services from Thailand. The Kw... Read more ►

Economic oppression drives Karen to the ‘mountain’

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint (KIC)

Economic necessity and ongoing oppression by military authorities in Karen State have driven many in the Karen community to seek employment in neighboring Thailand, providing some with the means to secure a better future for their families but also posing new challenges for ... Read more ►

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