2 volunteer teachers and tourist from Myanmar arrested in Pattani

Submitted on Mon, 2018-08-20 19:17Pattani authorities have raided a classroom to arrest two Myanmar volunteer teachers and one tourist who was merely observing the class. Authorities said teaching as a volunteer without a work permit constitutes an offence, since receiving a meal is a form of reward.  On 15 August 2018, officials from the Pattani Immigration Bureau, the Fourth Army Region, the Tourist Police and the Department of Employment raided the Laem Nok Monastery, Bana Subdistrict, Mueang District, Pattani Province, to arrest two female Myanmar migrant workers who had been providing unpaid teaching to more than 80 children of migrant workers. The authorities accused the two workers, Than Than Myaing, 43, and Nyein Moh Hlaing, 25, of working without a permit and instructed them to sign a document, written in Thai, which they did not understand. The two were fined 5,000 baht in lieu of imprisonment. A Myanmar tourist, Htein Lin Aung, 34, who observed the teaching, was also arrested on the same charge. They were due to be deported on Monday (20 August 2018) and will be banned from re-entering to work in Thailand for two years. However, their lawyer opposed the deportation so the authorities have detained them at the Pattani Immigration Bureau.The police case report states that the authorities informed the three about their rights before asking them to sign a document confirming that they pleaded guilty, adding that all documents and conversations were translated by a Myanmarese, Thitar Oo, 31. However, Thitar, an advisor to the learning centre at Laem Nok Monastery, argued that the authorities did not inform the three of their rights, and did not even read the case report. The authorities merely asked the accused to sign the document.“[The authorities] just asked them to sign without telling them what rights they have in this case. Sign,... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, 2 volunteer teachers and tourist from Myanmar arrested in Pattani, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you 2 volunteer teachers and tourist from Myanmar arrested in Pattani





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Published By: Prachatai - Monday, 20 August, 2018



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