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Cambodia: Human rights and labour rights groups urge Cambodian fishermen to be cautious about working in the Thai fishing industry

Author: Kimseng Men, VOA Khmer, Published on: 6 February 2019

"Activists Caution Cambodian Fishermen on Thai Trawlers", 5 February 2019

Human rights and labor activists have urged Cambodian workers on Thai trawlers to be cautious amid concerns that the lifting of an EU warning on the Thai fishing industry for compliance following scandals over slavery could have a negative impact on their safety.

… the EU issued a “yellow card” warning to the industry due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, but lifted the warning ...

Thailand has “successfully addressed” its legal framework in line with international law and improved its monitoring and surveillance system, the EU said…

“Despite all of this, it doesn’t mean that they [Cambodian fishermen] are 100 percent safe,” said Dy Thehoya, program director of labor rights group Central…

"While not part of the bilateral dialogue on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, the commission and the European External Action Service have addressed with Thai authorities the serious human rights abuses and forced labor in the fishing industry,” said EU Commissioner for fisheries Karmenu Vella. “Thailand … announced the ratification of the International Labour Organisation's convention No.188 on Work in Fishing, ...."

More than 1 million Cambodians are reported to migrate to Thailand each year, working in factories, plantations, and in the fishing industry…

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that there are still cases of forced labor, human trafficking, and injury on fishing boats, without compensation…

The Cambodian government has said it has done its part to protect migrant workers overseas by issuing a policy, …, and has an agreement of cooperation with Thai authorities.

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