Migrants and human rights: An odious reputation

3 02 2010

PPT recently and briefly mentioned the case of 9 illegal migrants who appear to have been murdered by police near Mae Sot in the country’s north. For more details on this seemingly grisly case, see The Irrawaddy (2 February 2010 ).

The report includes these details that suggest that the life of a migrant is now worth $30.: “All nine victims were shot with a 22-caliber gun. Their bodies were found in two locations in northern Tak Province. The migrants had reportedly been arrested in the Phop Phra area and had tried to bribe the police for permission to stay in Thailand, The Bangkok Post reported, quoting one local source. The gunmen demanded 1,000 baht (US $33) from each of the group, but killed nine of the migrants when they had difficulty raising the money, one local source told The Irrawaddy.

The same newspaper includes details on the likely forced repatriation of Karen to Burma and the implications for these people.

The Abhisit Vejjajiva government, backed as it is by the military, has developed an odious reputation for its dealings with migrants and refugees.



2 responses

3 02 2010
Karen Refugees: repatriation will begin on Feb. 5 « GJBKK Blog

[…] Prisoners in Thailand has more on the Thai Militia Suspected of Killing Burmese Job Seekers here. PPT also draws attention in a link to the Irrawaddy to the plight of more than 3,000 Karen […]

5 02 2010
More on migrants, repatriation, police « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] up on PPT’s earlier report, a report in The Irrawaddy (4 February 2010) suggests that the forced repatriation of up to 3,000 […]

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