Activists Caution Cambodian Fishermen on Thai Trawlers

More than 1 million Cambodians are reported to migrate to Thailand each year, working in factories, plantations, and in the fishing industry.

Washington, D.C – Human rights and labor activists have urged Cambodian workers on Thai trawlers to be cautious amid concerns that the lifting of an EU warning on the Thai fishing industry for compliance following scandals over slavery could have a negative impact on their safety.

In 2015 the EU issued a “yellow card” warning to the industry due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, but lifted the warning last month.

Thailand has “successfully addressed” its legal framework in line with international law and improved its monitoring and surveillance system, the EU said. These steps included remote monitoring of fishing at sea and “robust” inspections at the port, it added.

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