Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Malaysia to intercept boat said to be carrying Rohingya

Malaysia to intercept boat said to be carrying Rohingya

There are signs that overcrowding in Bangladeshi camps could prompt many others to make similarly perilous voyages.

AFTER months of resistance, Burma agreed on Monday to allow the United Nations Security Council to visit the country, but it is unclear if the ambassadors will be allowed access to Rakhine state, the UN said.

Siyeed Alam, chairman of Rohingya Association in Thailand, said his association was seeking ways to reach the group, but Thai authorities had not allowed them to be contacted as of yesterday.

The fund includes a donation of Dollars 8 million to BRAC, one of the largest global development and humanitarian organizations based in Bangladesh, comes after an urgent call from the United Nations for humanitarian assistance for the more than 650,000 Rohingya who since August 2017 have fled Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Malaysian authorities intercepted the Rohingya boat off the northwestern island of Langkawi, after it was first spotted at the weekend off Thailand, said navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.

The boat arrived off Thailand's western coast in Krabi province early Sunday due to bad weather.

Those sources also say that that the special envoy's report addresses "strong signals" that crimes against humanity have been committed in the country.

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.

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

About 700,000 Rohingya who face severe discrimination in Myanmar have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape a brutal army counterinsurgency campaign.

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.

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

Suu Kyi made only a passing reference to the crisis in Rakhine state, where her government faces mounting global condemnation for a military operation against Rohingya Muslims. The group belongs to the ethnic Rohingya community, which has been at the receiving end of what the United Nations calls a "systematic ethnic cleansing" in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been moved to higher, safer ground ahead of the arrival of the monsoon seasonal in Bangladesh.

The U.N. says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh's southeast - where almost one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides - are extremely vulnerable to disease and disaster this rainy season.

The report also suggests the federal government could target more of Myanmar's military leaders under its new Magnitsky Act that seeks to isolate human rights abusers by freezing assets and blocking travel.

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