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Thailand’s Military and Government Still Mute on Rohingya Killings

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Orders to the Thai Navy are that Rohingya boats found attempting to reach Thai shores should be provided with food, water, medicines and gasoline before being towed back to sea: Commander-in-Chief Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom


BANGKOK – The Thai military, government, and the National Human Rights Commission have yet to respond to calls by international organizations asking Thailand to investigate into the alleged killing of Rohingya asylum seekers by Thai navy personnel.

Human Rights Watch last week confirmed details of reports by foreign journalists that Thai navy personnel killed at least two Rohingya asylum seekers off a village in Phang Nga late last month. The international human rights group called on the Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission to investigate into the killing and bring those responsible to justice. The Commission has not yet resolved to start any investigation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees conducted a preliminary investigation to verify reports about the Rohingya killing. It last week urged the Thai government and the Thai military to investigate further. Neither the military nor the government has yet answered the call.

Earlier in February, 97 Rohingya people were found dead on a boat. Survivors said that their boat had been intercepted by the Thai navy, who removed their boat engine and set them adrift at sea for 25 days until the Sri Lankan military rescued them. A brief inquiry by the DSI was abandoned after only one day of work, and no person was found guilty. – NNT

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