The Thai military regime on Tuesday issued its 68th order, telling employers to speed up registration of their migrant workers. The order said the registration was required to protect the workers from being abused by human smuggling gangs.
The order also threatened to take both legal and disciplinary actions against government officials who cooperated with human smugglers.
The move follows reports that more than 180,000 Cambodian workers have fled Thailand over fears of a crackdown on illegal migrant workers.
The junta said the registration would be carried out in cooperation with neighbouring countries and in accordance with human rights, labour rights, fairness, equality and humanity.