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The Thai Government Will Take Care of Children of Illegal Migrants

On January 6, Social Development and Human Security Ministry in Thailand announced that they plan to take care of children of illegal migrants whose ages are between 3 to 12 while their parents are detained. The Childcare and Development Center at the Immigration Bureau will provide childcare for their growth and development.

Human Rights Watch reported in September, 2014 that there are thousands of migrants and refugee teenagers detained in police lock-up or immigration facilities in Thailand because of their identity.

Most of these teenagers are Khmer-Krom, Hmong and Rohingya people. Every year, hundreds of teenagers are detained indefinitely by the Thai government, which deteriorates the children and teenagers’ growth and development.

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that they have noticed that some detention centers are in poor condition, but the problem of these children’s detention results from their parents, not from the Thai government.

Human Right Watch urges the Thai government to stop detaining these teenagers, suggesting the government to release illegal migrants conditionally or build family shelters to tackle these problems.

Joint Trade Commission Meeting between Thailand and Myanmar Will Be Held Next Week

The seventh Joint Trade Commission meeting between Thailand and Myanmar will be held on January 14 and 15 in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar. In the meeting, the bilateral relationship between both countries and their trade development of the entire region will be discussed. Thai government’s representative, Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn says, if the meeting goes well, it will raise the bilateral trade US$10 billon to US$12 billion.

The goal of the meeting is to facilitate bilateral trade, discuss regulations of the investment and strengthen partnerships of important boarder cities such as Mae Sot and Myawaddy.

Thailand will propose in the meeting to set up a joint business council with its neighboring governments and private sectors. The aim will be to facilitate the trade of farm products, specifically maize, and to discuss how to prevent harm to Thai farmers and help Myanmar farmers effectively.

In addition, both Thai and Myanmar’s commence ministers will discuss plans such as cooperation in transport infrastructure, Myanmar’s Dawei deep-sea port and industrial economic zone. Thailand also expects to make progress in developing a joint tourism industry and assisting technical human resource.

Translated by Wen-yee Lee
Edited by Olivia Yang