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Migrant Worker Rights Network set up fundraising page for Koh Tao murder suspects

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Migrant Worker Rights Network set up fundraising page for Koh Tao murder suspects | Samui Times

The M.W.R.N was established in March 2009 to promote Rights of Myanmar Migrant Workers in Thailand. M.W.R.N is located in Samut Sakhon Province, Thailand, where over hundreds of thousands of Myanmar Migrant Workers working in the majority of seafood industries.

This organization has set up a You Caring fundraising page for Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, the 2 migrants from the Rakkhine sate who were arrested and accused of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Koh Tao last month.

During the early days of the arrest Zaw Lin and Win Zaw reportedly confessed to all charges against them, however on October 21st they retracted their confessions. Allegations have since been made that the pair confessed under duress and press speculation about the case has been rife.

The fundraiser set up by the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN), a migrant run organisation with more than 3,000 fee-paying Myanmar migrant members, is to assist to cover costs of lawyers and a support team to ensure a fair trial for the accused in the Koh Tao case. They also aim to cover essential costs for the accused in prison.

According to the fund raising page “An expert team of lawyers, both from the Lawyers Council of Thailand and independent lawyers, will work Pro Bon on this case” it goes on to say “ but travel costs to a remote island in the Gulf of Thailand, as well as accommodation, food and island based travel costs are high. Court procedure, documentation issues and related tasks also require funds. Living in a Thai prison costs too, such that the accused need to be provided with essential accessories and food supplements.

All funds raised through this campaign will be deposited from Paypal into a bank account jointly and specifically opened for this case. All payments distributed will be certified as being ‘case related costs’ by the head of the practicing lawyers team in the case. Public reports of spendings will be duly published.”

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