Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Workers in Thailand still lack papers

A migrant worker has his photo taken for an ID card on the Thai-Cambodian border town of Poipet in 2014.
A migrant worker has his photo taken for an ID card on the Thai-Cambodian border town of Poipet in 2014. Hong Menea

Workers in Thailand still lack papers

The CNRP has written a letter to the National Assembly calling for Interior Minister Sar Kheng to expedite the processing of passports for up to 1,000 illegal Cambodian migrant workers who have been languishing in Thailand for the past 18 months.

According to the letter sent last week, each worker paid 1,400 baht (about $40) for a passport to a government delegation in January of last year, but their documents had not yet been delivered.

CNRP lawmaker Ky Vandara said the lack of documentation was problematic, because simple resident cards restricted their freedom of movement.

“I regret they did not get their passports even though they paid already in 2015,” he said.

Spokesmen for the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment, saying it was a matter for the Interior Ministry, which could not be reached yesterday.

Moeun Tola, executive director of labour rights group Central, said the lagging bureaucracy was a key reason so many Cambodian people in Thailand remained undocumented and vulnerable to exploitation.

Additional reporting by Erin Handley

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha speaks at a rally yesterday in Kampong Chhnang provinc

Opposition leader Kem Sokha said in an interview yesterday that his party is aiming to win more than 60 percent of the votes cast at the June 4 com