Khaosod English: Thai officials say they have uncovered yet another abandoned camp used by human smugglers to detain Rohingya refugees near the Malaysian border, the largest of five sites found in a sweep that started at the beginning of the month. According to police, the jungle camp is located three kilometers away from the first site found by security officers in Songkhla province on 1 May.
JAKARTA, 8 May 2015 — The horrific discovery of dozens of bodies of trafficking victims in southern Thailand represents yet another disturbing outcome of a collective lack of leadership on the part of regional governments to address the pervasive problem of human trafficking and the unfolding tragedy for Rohingya Muslims, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) this week.
(New York, May 2, 2015) – The discovery of more than 30 bodies in a human trafficking camp should prompt Thai authorities to authorize an independent, United Nations-assisted investigation, commit to publish its findings, and bring those responsible to justice, including any government officials involved, Human Rights Watch said today.
A Thai national media association urged the head of the military junta to understand the role of the media and not to act as a dictator when confronted with unpleasant news reports.
Khaosod English: Thailand's military leader has asked the media not to report on human trafficking without considering how the news will affect the country's seafood industry and reputation abroad.
(Washington, D.C.) -- The Government of Thailand announced last week that it will scrap a proposed project to recruit prisoners to work on Thai fishing boats.
Khaosod English : Two Thai men have been arrested for allegedly trafficking nearly 400 Rohingya into southern Thailand.
(New York, December 11, 2014) – Thailand’s military government should cancel a plan to encourage prisoners to work on fishing boats given the widespread abuses in the Thai fishery sector, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 4, 2014, Labor Minister Gen. Surasak Kanchanrat announced a plan to send 176 prisoners whose prison terms are up within one year, and who agree, to work on fishing boats in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand’s major fishery hub. The Labor Ministry said 2,830 male detainees in Samut Sakhon Prison are eligible to participate.
Following her 11 day long anti-trafficking mission (August 8-19) visiting Chiang Mai, Mae Sot, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla and Tak, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo returned to Bangkok to hold a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding her preliminary findings and recommendations.
On August 8, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children (2008-2011), Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo from Nigeria, officially commenced her special counter-trafficking mission in Thailand.