Thirty-four underprivileged children from Myanmar living in Tak’s Mae Sot district received long-awaited non-Thai national ID cards (0-initial cards) on Monday, allowing them to remain in Thailand legally for a 10-year renewable period and enjoy some social services.
Next week, 29 more children are to receive their cards.
Human-rights lawyer Surapong Kongjanteuk, chairman of the Lawyers Council’s Human Rights Sub-committee on Ethnic Minorities, Stateless, Migrant Workers and Displaced Persons, congratulated the youngsters living in the Children’s Home operated by the Social Action for Children and Women Foundation and its learning centre.
Surapol lauded the Thai government for ratifying the children’s legal status.
Learning centre director Ae Ma said the youngsters in its care are sometimes arrested on their way to school because they do not possess ID cards.
“Now they can travel without fear of being arrested,” she said, thanking the government and “especially the Interior Ministry, as well as local registry officials”.