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Cambodian workers flee Thailand after coup

 
At least 110,000 Cambodian labourers, most of whom are undocumented, have reportedly fled Thailand to return to their home country since the military coup in Bangkok on May 22. The new junta’s hostile attitude toward undocumented workers is the main driver behind this mass departure. Read more…
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TV stations off air in post-coup censorship

Several of our Observers in Thailand, where the military announced a takeover on Thursday, have sent us photos of their TV screens showing off-air channels. The country’s new rulers have ordered Thai TV and radio stations to stop broadcasting. A number of international channels have reportedly gone off air as well. Read more...

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Burmese refugees in Thailand feel mounting pressure to return home

 
After living in refugee camps in Thailand for over a quarter century, more than 140,000 Burmese refugees who fled civil war at home are starting to feel like their welcome has worn out. One of our Observers, a refugee, tells us how pressure is growing on them to return to Burma, despite a highly uncertain future there. Read more...
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Imprisoned for insulting royalty: Thais question law after prisoner’s death

 
It was an unlikely place for a funeral: religious rites for Ampon Tangnoppakul, also known as “Uncle SMS”, were held Wednesday night outside Bangkok’s Criminal Court. Hundreds gathered to mourn the man who was jailed for sending government authorities text messages judged as offensive to Thailand’s royalty. Read more…

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Bangkok fights fetid floodwaters with thousands of purifying balls

 
As a slow-moving flood continues to seep into Bangkok, parts of the Thai capital have been engulfed by dirty and polluted water, spreading fears of disease. Residents who haven’t fled are banding together to try to purify the water. Read more...
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Drug traffickers target Chinese sailors on Mekong River

 
Thirteen Chinese sailors were killed on the Mekong River when drug traffickers attacked their boats on Wednesday, October 5. The attack took place in the Golden Triangle, a jungle area on the border between Thailand, Burma and Laos notorious for its opium production. A sailor who works in the Golden Triangle brought us this account. Read more…

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