Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok ThailandEmbassy of Myanmar in Bangkok Thailand
Immigrants take responsibility for their message
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"When we were members of the board, we took care of immigrant matters on our own. Today we are under Thai officials' scrutiny just because MPAC is not doing its job," said Ko Ye Min, a founder member of the AMAC, on Tuesday. "We want the reform of the committee," he added.
It was a member of MPAC, which was founded in 2011. Among the founding members were also right-wing organizations in Thailand, before the first change in membership took place in 2013, followed by a second one last year. It now consists of former Myanmar embassies in Thailand.
Demonstrators filed a grievance with the Embassy, from which they also sent photocopies to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population of Myanmar and also to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "MPAC really needs reform. It is imperative that the Embassy systematically manages the various commissions that deal with the subject and does not act as the broker," said U Kyaw Thaung, Executive of the Myanmar Association Thailand (MAT), which was a member of the MPAC Steering Group before the MPAC was established.
It added that migrants' legal organizations in Thailand are in a precarious position when addressing migrants' concerns, as they do not receive appropriate assistance from Myanmar's embassy. Previous Thai Embassador U Tin Win led the first MPAC reforms in 2013. The group comprised over 10 migrants' legal organizations with headquarters in Thailand.
His mission was to resolve Myanmar's immigrant problems in accordance with Thailand's law and to avoid the abuse of labour. MPAC has become malfunctioning since the former Myanmar embassador to Thailand U Win Maung retired in 2016, the two countries state. "We just want the Embassy to promote the work of organizations like AAC," said a demonstrator, Ma Phyo Phyo.