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After 2007's protests against Burmese military rule, many monks who had played a prominent role in demonstrations had to flee Burma. Here, in a temple on the Thai border, they are providing information to the UN about the subsequent crackdown and the situation of those detained on the other side.<br />
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There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and fisheries or in karaoke bars and brothels.  They face constant harassment - wage exploitation, physical abuse, rape and even murder are commonplace and routinely go unpunished. Few have access to decent healthcare, to education or to legal protection. For the Burmese in Thailand, human rights are little more than a dream. And yet they choose to stay. Why? Because as bad as things are in Thailand, on the other side of the border, they are even worse.

After 2007's protests against Burmese military rule, many monks who had played a prominent role in demonstrations had to flee Burma. Here, in a temple on the Thai border, they are providing information to the UN about the subsequent crackdown and the situation of those detained on the other side.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling poverty. Most are employed in backbreaking manual labour, on dangerous construction sites and...
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