Kawthaung Temporary Passport Office to move to Ranoung

The Temporary Passport Office for migrant workers in Kwathaung is moving to Ranoung starting on 1 July 2010.
From 1 July through to 30 September, the temporary passport office will be moved after an agreement was reached between the Thai and Burmese governments.
According to one of public service personnel at Ranoung, the office is being moved because it is much safer and more convenient for Burmese migrant workers in Thailand without ID cards.
“Now that the office has moved here, it is much easier and cheaper for migrant workers to obtain temporary passports, which mean that they don’t need to worry about being arrested.”
She explained that 15 public service police from Burma had already arrived at Ranoung and also over 100 migrants workers have received passports, so as of this week operations are proceeding smoothly.
On an average day at the passport office in Kawthaung, around 400 migrant workers were issued with temporary passports. At the office in Ranoung thanks to a large wide office, around 1000 migrants can be issued with passports in a day, according to one of traveler service.
There are 14 Service Companies in Thailand that assist Burmese migrant workers who want to obtain a temporary passport.
A temporary passport holder can legally go to the whole of Thailand and Burma. Additionally, they hold the same rights as Thai citizens, such as health support, and in the case of violence, the right to make a report to the Human Rights Department.
Although the Thai government initially gave migrant workers without temporary passports until 28 February 2010 to obtain one, they have extended that deadline until 28 February 2012.
There are three temporary passport offices on Thai-Burma border. Ranoung, Myawaddy and Tachileik have all been assigned different registration codes as of 26 May 2010.
Burma Labour Solidarity Organization estimates that there are 2 million illegal and legal Burmese migrant workers in Thailand.
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NEW YORK CALLING:”Honoring Aung San Suu Kyi here in NYC on July 17, 2010, and inviting all..

Hello everyone,

We’re organizing the event called “The Lady Of Burma” – An Exhibition
Honoring Aung San Suu Kyi here in NYC on July 17, 2010, and inviting
all of
you to stop by if you’re in New York! Please let us know if you’re able to make
it via facebook event: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131465236886728. Also,
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This unique, intimate, and one of a kind event includes Inspiring
and Revealing Aung San Suu Kyi Timeline (1945-2010), astounding and rare
portraits of ASSK by various artists, humorous cartoons about ASSK, and
various presentations along with Skillful and Thrilling performances by New
York’s own artists and much MUCH more…

Special guest – Alan Clements (Author, Activist, Satirist, former Buddhist
monk, and co-author of The Voice of Hope with Aung San Suu Kyi –

Experience and Inspire The Voice of Hope and explore:

Who really is Aung San Suu Kyi?
What is The current status of Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi?
What is The Guiding Wisdom of her Revolution of the Spirit?
What is The Nature of Freedom in an Interrelated World?
Why we Should Care about Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi?

The event is Free and open to the public. Refreshments & Burmese appetizers
will be served.

Please visit www.Burma-Network.com for more details and upcoming tentative

Tim Aye Hardy
Director of Outreach | 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow
Burma Global Action Network (www.Burma-Network.com)
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spirit of brotherhood”.
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