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Embassy denies unauthorised fees online rumour

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Cambodian Consulate in Aranyaprathet, Thailand. wikimedia/thalling55

The Cambodian embassy in Thailand yesterday denied a social media rumour saying the embassy had demanded unauthorised fees for the repatriation of injured or dead migrant workers.

“In case of occupational death, the embassy will not charge for legal assistance services in returning a body for cremation whether in Thailand or Cambodia,” it said. “This also applies to families of migrants.”

The embassy in a statement yesterday said a Facebook user is circulating rumours.

“Recently, there has been fake news [on Facebook] saying the Cambodian embassy in Thailand is demanding fees from Cambodian workers,” it said

The embassy has put a lot of effort in helping migrant workers in Thailand and has said anyone who uses its name to cheat migrant workers will face legal action.

There are about two million Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand, the embassy said, noting less than one-fifth is believed to be undocumented.

Koy Kuong, a spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Soum Chankea, Bauteay Meanchey provincial coordinator for the rights group Adhoc, said yesterday many migrants in Thailand are not fairly treated.

“From what I have observed, the Cambodian embassy in Thailand does not work actively to help our people,” Mr Chankea said. “People who get abused in Thailand never get compensation from their workplace. Officials must not take a single cent from people because they are Cambodian citizens – the government needs to take care of them,” he responded when asked if the rumours were true.

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