Search for boy beaten by Thai cops 05-Jun-2011

The 13-year-old boy was severely beaten and kicked by Thai cops for collecting trash. His bladder was severely injured (Photo: DAP)

04 June 2011
By Kher Sonorng
Radio Free Asia
Translated from Khmer by Sao
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The Cambodian-Thai border relations authority in Banteay Meanchey province issued a call to the family of a Cambodian boy who was recently beaten up and injured by the Thai cops, to come forward so that they can file a legal complaint to the Thai authority.

Officials at the Cambodian-Thai border posts is conducting a search for the parents of a boy who sneaked across the border and was subsequently severely beaten up by the Thai cops on 02 June, one day after the celebration of the International Children’s Day. The Cambodian authority wants to have the family of the boy file a complaint as stipulated by the agreement signed between the two governments.

General Dy Them, the director of the Cambodian-Thai border relations office in Banteay Meanchey, said on 04 June that his office learned that a Cambodian boy was beaten up and injured by the Thai cops, that is why his office is pushing the family of the victim to come forward to file their complaint as this case violated human rights and children’s rights. “We can only complain to the Thai authority to take action and to find justice because this boy is still a minor. If there is any problem, the parents can take this as a basis to complain to the Thai office and the Cambodian consulate (in Thailand).”

According to report, about 7 Thai cops beat up and kicked a 13-year-old boy by the name of Pheng Sophea. The cops accused him of theft in Ruang Kluea market in Aranyaprathet, Sakeaw province, Thailand at 7PM on 02 June 2011.

Mrs. Chan Em, a 38-year-old woman who is the mother of the victim, indicated that, currently, she lives in Kbal Spean village, Poipet city, Banteay Meanchey province. Her son was sent to the support hospital in Mongkol Borey. She added that her son was injured in the chest and his bladder was seriously injured as well: “I was very scared then I saw my son peeing and shaking all over, I have no money whatsoever, and my son was only picking up trash. I was very frightened, I want to bring a complaint for my son’s case to the border police, this is a very bad action [by the Thai cops].”

Theng Chhavyrith, an official with ILO IPEC who is involved in the reduction of child labor, said that this tragedy took place due to poverty and the boy had to look for a job in order to support his family. Minor children could face several dangers when they leave home: “Our organization is provided professional training and education, just like the civil society organizations and company owners. I will bring this case to them [civil society organizations] so that they can follow up and find a resolution.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) in Cambodia indicated that in 2002, 750,000 Cambodian children are employed to help support for their family. It also indicated that about 250,000 children are involved in intensive child labor, such as manual labor, prostitution, sex trade, drug trafficking, domestic labor, working in fishing boats, in salt fields, in brick kilns, rubber plantations and mining etc… These children are not subjected to any labor conditions and they usually suffer from labor accidents.