Thai government urged to free Cambodian migrant advocates

Migrant workers were detained last week while submitting a petition on behalf of other workers.

Scores of civil society organizations and migrant rights groups from across the world have called on Thailand’s government to release migrant workers from Cambodia who were detained last week in Bangkok while submitting a petition on behalf of other workers.

The seven migrant workers were part of a labor rights delegation that visited the country’s Ministry of Labor on Oct. 29 asking for better protection of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, who make up the bulk of Thailand’s millions-strong foreign workforce.

Among their demands were improved access to health care during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as more expedient bureaucratic measures while processing their work-related documents.

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