According to Human Rights Watch, a new migrant law that forces strict criminal penalties has been enforced by the Thai government which in turn has caused migrants to pack their bags and flee Thailand.

In fear of punishment, legal and illegal migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have retreated Thailand since the government presented the Decree Concerning the Management of Foreign Workers’ Employment.

Migrant workers who are caught working without a permit face a punishment of up to five years imprisonment and fines between 2,000 to 100,000 baht. Employers who hire illegal migrant workers face fines of 400,000 to 800,000 baht.

Chaninat & Leeds’ Thailand Labor and Employment Lawyers have decades of experience specializing in Thai and International cases with a proven record of success.

Brad Adams, Asia director, has said: “Thailand needs laws that protect the rights of migrant workers—not that instill fear and set off mass flight.”

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According to Washington Blade, authorities in Singapore have annulled a legal marriage between a transgender woman and her wife two years after they exchanged vows.

The couple are known as FK and BS for protection purposes. The couple had legally wed in 2015 when FK was recognized as a male by law. Their lawyer assured them that they were within legal rights to marry.

Chaninat & Leeds’ Thailand Marriage Lawyers have decades of experience specializing in Thai and International cases with a proven record of success.

According to Jean Chong, the Singapore-based program field coordinator for OutRight Action International, “the law says that marriage is between a man and a woman in Singapore. The problem is that the registry said the couple can get married if they remain man and woman, which is in fact not the law.”

Singapore currently does not recognize same-sex marriage, but does in fact recognize Trans people under law, though only the marriages of those couples that identify as heterosexual couples.

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New Law Allowing People To Break Into Cars To Save Children And Pets

July 27, 2017

As said by Denver Post, by August 9th it will be legal for good samaritans to break into a stranger’s hot car to save a child, dog or cat, but only after making reasonable efforts to contact law enforcement. Said good Samaritans must have reasonable belief that the occupants/animals of the hot car are at […]

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Myanmar Journalists Arrest Sparks Fear for Restricted Freedom of Speech

July 26, 2017

The Myanmar army has arrested three journalists who are from Burmese and English speaking media outlets, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) and the Irrawaddy. They are currently facing up to three years in jail under colonial-era law statute against “unlawful association”. The journalists were arrested on Monday while they covered a drug-burning event that was […]

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