In May, MAP’s Women’s Exchange Program and the Foundation for Education and Development organized exchanges in Suratthani, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces, with support from a grant by FJS.
Ranong Youth Exchange, May 2015
On May 31st, MAP Foundation and the Foundation of Education and Development (FED) partnered to host Youth Exchange in southern Thailand’s Ranong Province.
Shan migrants in northern Thailand have become the targets of an online hate campaign and systematic police crackdown, after news spread of a series of gang-related attacks in the Lanna capital.
Over 200 migrants have been arrested and detained by police in the northern city of Chiang Mai in the wake of two vicious knife attacks on Thai citizens, which have been pinned on a group of ethnic Shan youths, known as the “TaiYai Samurai Gang”.
Rumours that a Thai youth had been stabbed and killed in the attack have spread through social media and the ensuing public outcry appears to have prompted the police to carry out an unprecedented crackdown.
Migrant rights groups complain however, that Thai authorities have started a major crackdown on registered or unregistered Burmese migrants.
Last week, police began setting up checkpoints around Chiang Mai in order to identify migrants and dozens were arrested in subsequent days.