Human Rights Watch slams Thai regime over migrant exodus
June 20, 2014 00:00
Phnom Penh - Human Rights Watch on Friday strongly criticised the Thai military junta, saying it caused over 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers to flee the country in the past two weeks.
The junta, which took over in a coup on May 22, denied there was a crackdown on migrants, despite having earlier announced that illegal migrant workers would be arrested and deported.
"The Thai junta's new regulations have caused a massive flight of migrant workers, who have long endured abuses from officials and unscrupulous employers," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, a US-based organisation.
"The junta needs to reverse this disaster by quickly putting into place genuine reforms that would protect migrant workers' rights, not threaten them."