Category Archives: Arrest, Detention and Deportation

Families seek help for workers in Thai jail, The Phnom Penh Post

The families of six Cambodian migrant workers arrested in Thailand for crossing illegally into the country two months ago have appealed to Cambodian authorities to intervene after being informed they need to raise 8,000 baht ($230) per head to bail them out.

The six – Kim Tem, 22, Teay Ran, 19, Keo Sros, 25, Keo Srey, 18, Chhoun Kong, 16, and Deung, 17 – hail from Lvea commune, in Siem Reap province’s Puok district.

Ny Ngem, the mother of Kim Tem, said her son travelled to Thailand with an employment broker in May.

However, she was informed last week that her son has been held in a jail in Pathum Thani province in Thailand for more than two months.

“I don’t have the money to get my son freed,” she said.

Keo Can, the sister of Keo Sros, said she was told that if her family couldn’t put up the 8,000 baht, her sister would remain in jail for six to eight months.

An Vannak, the chief of immigration police in Poipet town, confirmed that Cambodian authorities were looking into the case.

By Sen David
Published on 11 August 2015

Crackdown on Vietnamese Migrants is ‘Political’, Khmer Times

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The government deported 16 illegal Vietnamese immigrants from Chbar Ampov district yesterday as part of a dragnet operation aimed at catching workers in the country without proper work permits or visas. Analysts say the crackdown may have a political angle.

A video shows immigration officials herding Vietnamese workers into a van bound for the border. Many of the immigrants were caught working at construction sites or in coffee shops.

Almost 3,000 people have been arrested by immigration authorities since 2014. The arrestees came from all over the map, but Vietnamese nationals comprised the vast majority. Last month, 255 people were arrested, 235 of them Vietnamese.

Immigration Department officials insist that they do not target Vietnamese immigrants, but political analyst Ou Virak said that the deportations are politically motivated.

“The current crackdown and deportation is the government’s response to public criticism and accusations that they are the puppets of Vietnam,” he said.

As the border dispute with Vietnam continues making headlines, the country’s two major political parties are competing to show who is tougher on protecting the border and preventing illegal immigration.

“The CPP is starting to take this issue more seriously and is more willing to shift its policy on illegal immigration to appease the young population,” Mr. Virak said.

By Tin Sokhavuth and Jonathan Cox
Published on 9 August 2015

Ratchaburi officials arrest illegal migrant workers, NNT

5 August 2015 (NNT) – A joint military-police force in Ratchaburi Province yesterday raided a condominium construction site in Muang Ratchaburi Municipality, and discovered illegal migrant workers and child labor.The joint task force, which sets to eradicate human trafficking issues at provincial and district levels, was being led by the Muang District Chief, and the chief provincial officer of Social Development and Human Security. During the raid, the officials found 61 illegal migrant workers. Several of them are young children aged below 15.

Initial investigations revealed the workers had entered Thailand illegally. The joint task force thoroughly inspected their documents, before detaining them at a police station in Ratchaburi’s Muang District awaiting for further legal proceedings.

By National News Bureau of Thailand
Published on 5 August 2015

Call for workers’ release, The Phnom Penh Post

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs yesterday ordered the Kingdom’s ambassador to Malaysia, Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, to request the release of about 300 Cambodian workers detained in the Malaysian state of Selangor.

The document, sent by Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary of State Long Visalo on July 27, is in response to a July 20 letter by the opposition requesting action to free the men, women and children locked up since April.

“There are now about 300 Cambodian workers detained in Selangor state of Malaysia which most of them are Cambodian-Muslim,” Visalo writes. “The ministry requests the [ambassador] to determine the number of Cambodian migrant workers detained in Malaysia, around 300 people, and intervene.”

Speaking yesterday, Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Son Chhay welcomed Visalo’s response but called for more work to help citizens abroad.

CNRP parliamentarian Mu Sochua, also pushing for the group’s release, said both governments needed to find a solution to protect and register undocumented workers in Malaysia, a figure she said could be as high as 40,000.

By The Phnom Penh Post

Published on: 1 August 2015

Committee to receive Thailand deportees, Phnom Penh Post

Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities confirmed yesterday that they are creating a committee that will seek to help illegal Cambodian migrant workers expelled from Thailand land get back on their feet in Cambodia.

According to a letter dated last week and obtained yesterday, the committee will arrange basic services for the illegal migrant workers deported from the country by Thai authorities.

“The sub-committee will collect the statistics that Thai authorities send and prepare shelter for the workers and temporarily help them improve their living standards and take care of their health and sanitation,” read the letter. “Special attention will be paid to children, pregnant women and sick migrants.”

Provincial governor Kor Sum Saroeut said he recently received information from an organisation in Thailand that authorities will soon be sending illegal migrants back.

“We are creating the committee in advance because we had a bad experience in June last year, where we did not have good preparations and that caused our work to be not so good, ” he said, referring to the more than 220,000 Cambodian migrant workers accused of working illegally in Thailand who were sent back to Cambodia.

By: The Phnom Penh Post

Published on: 30 June 2015
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