Poll: Do Burmese in Phuket enjoy basic human rights?

PHUKET: A senate committee meeting in Phuket last year was told the number of migrant workers from Burma living in Phuket, both legally and illegally, could be as high as 200,000.

The sight of trucks packed with these workers is common in Phuket, as are the proliferation of zinc-roofed shanties of Burmese workers’ camps that can be found at construction sites across the island.

Of course not all of these are ethnic Burmese. Many, if not most, are stateless people from lands controlled by the Burmese junta, including many tens of thousands of ethnic Mons.

Given their numbers, the latest readers’ poll asks if these workers and their families enjoy basic human rights here in Phuket.

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