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Thai NGOs send public letter to Prime Minister on behalf of Burmese migrants

Jaloon Htaw and Janu :  On February 16th of this year, 4 major Thai labor rights NGOs, their respective sub-organizations, and 150 Burmese migrant workers possessing temporary passports sent a public letter to Thailand’s Prime minister, requesting alterations to Thailand’s policies towards Burmese migrant workers before the end of February …

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Teenaged Mon migrant brutally murdered

IMNA : At 6 pm on February 12th of this year, a 15 year-old Mon migrant worker named Mehm Banyar Seik was shot at his home in quarter 15 of Narthapi Township, in Thailand’s Songkhala province. A member of the victim’s extended family agreed to be interviewed by IMNA for this …

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Mudon Town TPCD collects permanent resident population lists

Mi Yin Mon, Kon Hadee : Starting on the 8th of February this year, the Mudon Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) has lead an ongoing collection of the family lists of residents permanently residing in Mudon Town. According to residents, the TPDC staff was specifically only interested in permanent household …

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Illegal status in Malaysia worth the risk, migrant workers claim

Mon Jit : Even as the Malaysian Department of Immigration prepares for a nation-wide crackdown on the country’s scores of illegal migrant workers on February 15th, Burmese migrant workers insist that the benefits of living in the country illegally outweigh the danger of potential arrest.

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Fire-truck tax baffles villagers

Tala Lawi and Mi Yin Mon : The Chairman of Mudon Township, Mon state, ordered that a tax of thousands of kyat be collected on February 9th from residents of Kalort-tort village, Mudon Township. According to the Chairman, who worked in cooperation with the village’s newly trained fire-brigade, the funds will …

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Mon food impresses Australia’s capital city

Banya Hongsar : Mon food earned great acclaim among food stalls set up in the heart of Canberra, at the National Multicultural Festival held this past Saturday, February 6th.

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Rangoon electricity users frustrated after a decade of inconsistency

Kon Chan : Electricity supplies in Rangoon have been fickle for the past decade, with the exception of an annual 2 month-long period during rainy season, when Burma is fueled by hydropower. Rangoon citizens say that the power scarcity worsened after Burma’s capital was moved to Naypyidaw in 2005, and many …

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