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Concern for Children as Migrants Return to Thailand

In the wake of a mass exodus of Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand last month, World Vision says that an alarming number of children have found themselves lost and separated from their parents at the border.

Fear in Wetlands Where Police Chief Vanished

After a weeklong search by hundreds of villagers in the area turned up nothing, people here have mostly given up believing that the commune police chief, Chan Sophal, 48, will ever be found. His wife, Mout Sinuon, held a funeral for her husband last week.

Thailand to Free 14 Cambodian Workers After Activist’s Pardon

A day after Thai yellow-shirt activist Veera Somkwamkid was freed from prison in Cambodia by royal pardon, Thailand’s military junta declared its intention to release 14 Cambodian migrant workers imprisoned earlier this month for holding falsified visas, Thai media reported Wednesday.

King Grants Pardon to Thai Activist Veera

Thai yellow-shirt activist Veera Somkwamkid, sentenced to eight years in prison on espionage charges in 2010, was freed by royal pardon Tuesday, following a request by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of Thailand’s military government, officials said.

Thai Yellow-Shirt Activist Veera Released From Prison

King Norodom Sihamoni has granted a royal pardon to Thai yellow-shirt activist Veera Somkwamkid, who has been imprisoned in Cambodia since 2010, an assistant to Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday.

Minister Warns of Poor Checks at Thai Border

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said Monday that Thai border officials may be letting Cambodian migrant workers back into Thailand with incomplete paperwork, opening them up to the same risks both countries have been trying to avoid since a mass exodus of Cambodian workers over the past month.

Despite Absence of Party President, CPP Marks 63rd Anniversary in Style

The absence of ailing party president Chea Sim did not stop the ruling CPP from holding a festive 63rd anniversary party on Saturday in which thousands of supporters turned out at the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters to listen to leaders defend the current government’s legitimacy and warn of the threat posed by the opposition CNRP.

As Exodus Ends, Workers Return to Thailand

Thousands of Cambodians have already headed back to Thailand for work now that the exodus of migrant laborers out of the country has ended, even as the Cambodian government has doubled the number of jobs available for returnees who want to find work here.

Hun Sen Asks Thailand to Free Jailed Workers

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged Thailand’s courts to acquit 13 Cambodians arrested last week amid the flood of migrant workers fleeing the Thai Army’s feared crackdown on illegal laborers, but promised an even cheaper route back to Thailand for those eager to return legally.

Recruitment Firms Enlisted to Return Migrants

The Ministry of Labor reached an agreement Tuesday with 40 labor recruitment agencies granting them the authority to endorse migrant workers to Thailand, providing all necessary permits and documents for a flat fee of $49, the labor minister said.

Gov’t to Meet Recruitment Firms Over Migrants

Labor Ministry officials are set to meet today with about 40 local recruitment agencies to talk about formalizing the procedure for sending migrant workers to Thailand, an agency director said.

No Change to Cambodia’s Human Trafficking Rank

Cambodia failed to improve its ranking on the U.S.’ annual “Trafficking in Persons Report” after being demoted last year.

Gov’t Begins Effort to Send Workers Back To Thailand

With Thailand and Cambodia both feeling the pinch from the sudden exodus of more than 200,000 Cambodian workers out of Thailand, the two countries are now working together to try and get them back to their old jobs legally, as fast as possible.

Free Training Little Solace for Workers Back From Thailand

Chhe Noy, a migrant worker who arrived back in her village in Kompong Cham province from Thailand this week, can’t stop stroking her 8-year-old daughter’s hair. Every few minutes, she plants a kiss on the girl’s cheek.

Exodus From Thailand Claims Six Cambodians

Six Cambodians died and several more were injured in two traffic accidents inside Thailand over the weekend as tens of thousands of migrant workers continued to stream back to Cambodia in the wake of a clampdown on illegal laborers by the Thai Army.

Thailand Unrest Drives Migrant Workers Home

Hundreds of Cambodian migrant workers have been streaming back home across Banteay Meanchey Province’s Poipet checkpoint in recent days following a military coup in Thailand, where the army is holding an increasingly tight grip on daily life.

Nine Inmates Die in 1st Quarter; Drop From Same Period in 2013

The number of inmates who died in the country’s prisons in the first quarter of the year dipped to nine from 15 during the same period last year, a rights group and the prison department said.

Foreign Ministry Says No Thai ‘Red Shirt’ Resistance in Cambodia

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong reiterated Thursday that a resistance to Thailand’s military junta would not be allowed to operate on Cambodian soil after a prominent Thai dissident based in the country signaled his intent to create such a body in the West.

Maids Still Missing as Deal With Malaysia Nears

As the government finalizes plans to resume sending domestic workers to Malaysia, a number of families are still searching for loved ones who went there to become maids but never returned.

Private Schools to Face Tougher Regulations

The Ministry of Education is drafting two sub-decrees on private educational institutions aimed at improving regulation of the nation’s vast body of private schools.