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Unless there is a sea change in the political situation in Burma or a dramatic shift in the treatment of Burmese migrants and refugees in Thailand, millions of people will continue to suffer and die on both sides of the border. At the moment, despite the work of the UN and other organisations dedicated to safeguarding human rights, there is little sign of light at the end of the tunnel.<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.

Unless there is a sea change in the political situation in Burma or a dramatic shift in the treatment of Burmese migrants and refugees in Thailand, millions of people will continue to suffer and die on both sides of the border. At the moment, despite the work of the UN and other organisations dedicated to safeguarding human rights, there is little sign of light at the end of the tunnel.

There are around 1 million Burmese migrants living in Thailand. They exist in appalling...
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