New Exodus of Rohingya Boat People Unlikely

The Myanmar government has agreed to allow the long-delayed vi00sit and the details are being finalised he told reporters on Monday. He'll also visit the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar in southeast Bangladesh.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller, begins today a visit to Myanmar to analyze the situation on the ground and the possible return of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the boat, discovered off the island of Langkawi, was ferrying 36 adults and about 20 children. He said he assumed the boat in Thailand was the third one.

A board appointed by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to offer recommendations on the crisis in Rakhine state, from which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled state violence, on Tuesday applauded Bangladesh's agreement to let a Myanmar state minister visit border camps where the refugees live.

"I urge Canada to work directly with other governments to find a suitable and effective way to ensure this will be done".

Customary worldwide law as well as Article 9 of the global Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party, protects the right to liberty.

"The initial report said they were docking near Koh Lanta this morning to avoid the storm", he was quoted as saying by AFP, referring to the Thai island popular with tourists.

Adisorn said Thai villagers supplied them with food and fuel before sending them on their way.

"This is not a problem that will go away on its own", Smith said. "Governments in this region need to show leadership and follow their legal obligations to protect refugees rather than send them to potential death sentences at sea".

The Thailand police said it was the first boat spotted off the country's coast in over a year.

Thailand and Asean have heard frequent warnings that the Rohingya crisis could become a regional issue as members of the ethnic minority will continue to disperse across the region, including with the involvement of abusive human-trafficking rings, as were exposed in 2015. "The boat and its passengers will be handed the immigration authorities".

Rohingya, treated as undesirables in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, used to flee by sea by the thousands each year.

Aye is expected to meet Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, foreign ministry officials told BenarNews.

Bob Rae, Canada's special envoy on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, will release a report outlining what he recommends the government do about the humanitarian and security conflict.

During a joint meeting with the Bangladeshi foreign affairs and home ministers in Dhaka on October 1, Swe expressed his country's willingness to take back the Rohingya refugees.

Thai authorities push Rohingya refugees back out to sea, putting lives at risk (BANGKOK, April 2, 2018) - The governments of Thailand and Malaysia should cooperate to provide protection to Rohingya refugees in accordance with global law and standards, Fortify Rights said today.

  • Fernando Stephens