300 to 600 Khmer Illegal Laborers Are Arrested Day by Day in Thailand and Sent Back – Wednesday, 20.5.2009

Posted on 21 May 2009. Filed under: Week 613 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 613

“Phnom Penh: Khmer laborers who do not have sufficient legal supporting documents, or who are known to be illegal laborers, are sent back by the Thai authorities to Cambodia at the Poipet border crossing two to three times per day, every time about 300 to 600 laborers. According to an organization working with laborers, the number of Khmer laborers sent back over the Poipet border crossing in early 2009 is higher when compared to the previous years.

“The president of Proma [???], Mr. Thao Nitheara, said on 18 May 2009 that looking at the situation of Khmer laborers entering Thailand, there are two types: legal laborers and illegal laborers.

“The president of this association added that the number of laborers with valid legal documents who go to work in Thailand declined, compared to the previous years.

“Regarding to torture, shooting, and killing of Khmer laborers, Thai Police and military must not shoot to kill them, even if they are illegal migrants. The president of Proma went on to say that both Thai and Khmer authorities have the duty to protect civilians who migrate illegally, to be dealt with by following procedures, like to send them back to their home country.

“The president of Proma condemned the Thai authorities for shooting, wounding, and killing of immigrants as absolutely against the regulations to be followed. He added that during recent months of 2009, though there are publications about some Khmer laborers shot by Thai police and military, there is no clear report about the real numbers yet.

“He emphasized that there have been many efforts made to influence public opinion by this civil society organization over the previous shootings against Khmer laborers. He continued to say that immigrants have to be dealt with according to the law, because they are innocent people.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4898, 20.5.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Areyathor, Vol.16, #1393, 20-21.5.2009

  • An American Man Is Arrested for Debauchery [with a child – Phnom Penh]

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #189, 20.5.2009

  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Son Chhay Asks [Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation] Hor Namhong to React against the Burmese Junta in Order to Release [Burmese elected democracy leader] Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi
  • The Ministry of Education Will Teach Primary Students about AIDS and HIV during the 2009-2010 Studies Program
  • South Korea Has Found an Anti-A/H1N1 Medicine [according to an announcement of the Chungnam National University [충남대학교] from Daejeon in South Korea]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1920, 20.5.2009

  • ASEAN Reacts for the First Time against the Prosecution of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #406, 20.5.2009

  • [President of the Sam Rainsy Party] Sam Rainsy: Human Rights Issues in Cambodia Are Still under the Influence of the Powerful

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6654, 20.5.2009

  • Head of the Government [Prime Minister Hun Sen] Orders Not to Charge Money from Those Who Do Not Wear a Helmet, but to Confiscate Their Motorbikes – the Owners Cannot Take Their Motorbike Back Unless They Go with Their Newly-Bought Helmet
  • [Former Tuol Sleng Prison chief] “Duch” Admits: The Killings of Prisoners at the S-21 Center Was Done to Follow Orders of [former minister of defense] Son Sen and [former president of the National Assembly] Nuon Chea, Based on the Theory “To Dig up Weeds Is to Dig up Its Roots”
  • The Annual Meeting of the World Heath Organization Will Focus on A/H1N1 Flu
  • Beeline Invests Nearly US$200 Million to Provide Cheap Mobile Service in Cambodia

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3762, 20.5.2009

  • It Is Reported that the Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Drugs [former general Ke Kim Yan] Is Taking Office [as the president of the National Authority for Combating Drugs]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4898, 20.5.2009

  • 300 to 600 Khmer Illegal Laborers Are Arrested Day by Day in Thailand and Sent Back
  • Prime Minister Warns [powerful] Officials to Stop Interventions in Traffic Accidents [to release their family members, relatives, or friends, without letting the law deal with them]
  • Samdech Dekchor Asks World Bank to Do Whatever Possible to Prevent Protectionism Politics from Happening Affecting Developing Countries [related to the flow of products of developed countries to developing countries, making it economically difficult for developing or poor countries]
  • China Agrees to Offer an US$73 Million Loan to Construct a Road to Ratanakiri

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.16, #1721, 20.5.2009

  • [The director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia] Chhang Youk: The Correction of the [Khmer Rouge] Tribunal’s Structure Is Showing Weaknesses
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Continues to Ask for Village Council Elections

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