Embassy boosts Thai nationals' education on Brunei's laws

Embassy boosts Thai nationals' education on Brunei's laws
A briefing was held for the Thailand Embassy and Thai nationals involving various enforcement agencies regarding human trafficking. Christopher Ng (R) from the Attorney General’s Chambers and ASP Ang Lay Bee (L) were on hand to deliver talks on their agencies' roles.

The Royal Thailand Embassy will be taking steps to ensure that their nationals are properly educated on their rights while living and working in the sultanate.

The Thailand ambassador to Brunei, Chirdchu Rakbutr told The Brunei Times that the embassy is currently making steps to prevent the mistreatment of the country's people, especially in relation to human trafficking.

"It is important to educate them because this topic on human trafficking is becoming more serious these days. Since there are a number of Thai workers here, they could become victims or part of a syndicate and we might not know. As the embassy is concerned, we cannot combat this alone so we need to do this with the Brunei authorities," said Rakbutr.

Various government agencies and Thai nationals gathered at the Brunei Hotel to listen to talks by representatives from the Attorney General's Chamber (AGC) and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) on human trafficking and its current situation in Brunei.

"We need support from the community's side and this is why we held this briefing to educate our people in business and labour so they are aware of the situation now should they need help and support,' added the ambassador.

During the question and answer session, a significant number of issues raised were regarding labour laws and issues despite the talk's focus on human trafficking.

"I noticed their interest, it is possibly not a direct concern of the Human Trafficking Unit but it is a direct concern of our government. We will continue educating ourselves until we are strong and can help support one another from both the Brunei and Thailand side to deal with these problems," he said.

A previous report stated that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on human trafficking between the two countries is in the works with previous ambassador Apichart Phetcharatana revealing that it was "70 to 80 per cent complete" in December.

According to statistics relayed during the talk, the RBPF through its Human Trafficking Unit had already began investigating 12 cases of trafficking from January to February this year.

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