Dhaka urged to aid Burma refugees

Dhaka urged to aid Burma refugees

Most Rohingya refugees have returned to Burma

Most Rohingya refugees have returned to Burma

The United Nations refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to move more than 6,000 Burmese nationals living on a tidal island to a safer place.

The appeal came after a mission of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and European Commission found the Rohingya ethnic group in “squalid” conditions.

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Agents exploit boat people misery

Agents exploit boat people misery

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While some migrants have been rescued, it’s feared many are dead

Relatives of illegal migrants who made ill-fated boat journeys from Bangladesh to Thailand say agents who arranged the trips are still trying to exploit them.

Family members contacted by telephone said the agents claimed the migrants were in jail in Thailand and wanted money to get them out.

The Thai military allegedly forced the migrants’ boats back into the sea and set them adrift. Hundreds were rescued off India and Indonesia but hundreds more are still missing. The Thai army has officially denied forcing any of them to return.

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Burma’s forgotten Rohingya

Burma’s forgotten Rohingya

They have been called one of the world’s most persecuted people. Some argue that they are also one of the most forgotten.

Refugee at Kutupalong

Thousands of Rohingya fled Burma for Bangladesh in 1992

The Rohingya people of western Burma’s Arakan State are forbidden from marrying or travelling without permission and have no legal right to own land or property.

Not only that but even though groups of them have been living in Burma for hundreds of years, they are also denied citizenship by the country’s military government.

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Thailand defies UN over migrants

Thailand defies UN over migrants

Thailand says 126 asylum-seekers from the Burmese Rohingya minority who were detained by the military a week ago have been sent back out to sea.

The UN Refugee Agency asked to see the detainees three days ago, but never received a response.

Last month almost 1,000 Rohingyas were detained and then towed out to sea by Thai security forces in boats with little food and no motors.

Hundreds of survivors have been rescued, but hundreds more are missing.

Less than a month after taking office the new Thai government is struggling to manage a public relations disaster caused by the treatment meted out by Thai military units to Rohingya boat people last month.

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Thailand’s deadly treatment of migrants

Thailand’s deadly treatment of migrants

The migrants tell of secretive, brutal treatment by Thai security services

The migrants tell of secretive, brutal treatment by Thai security services

A shocking story is unfolding in Thailand. Migrants and refugees who turn up on its shores have testified that they are being sent back to sea in boats without engines, their hands tied, left to their fate.

Hundreds are thought to have suffered this treatment – among them many Rohingya people of western Burma – and many have died. The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok has been investigating what has been happening.

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Thais ‘leave boat people to die’

Thais ‘leave boat people to die’

Dehydrated Bangladeshi immigrant after being rescued by the Indian coast guard

Thai navy)

Thailand has been accused of mistreating the illegal immigrants (Photo: Thai navy)

Thai soldiers are detaining illegal migrants from Bangladesh and Burma and forcing them back out to sea in boats without engines, survivors say.

Survivors say their hands were tied and they were towed out to sea with little or no food or water.

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Survivor’s ordeal on Andaman Sea

Survivor’s ordeal on Andaman Sea

Sanjib Roy)Mohammed wants to avoid detailed identification as that could mean trouble when India sends him back to his native Arakan province in Burma. So he avoids cameras.

This poor 22-year-old Rohingya Muslim from a village near Buthidaung, in Arakan province, is desperate for a new way of life – and is therefore easy prey for dubious agents who put them on the risky boat voyage to Thailand with a promise of work and good money.

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