Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Malaysia intercepts boat carrying Rohingya refugees, more perilous sea journeys expected

Thai navy escorts boat carrying Rohingya towards Malaysia as overcrowding in squalid Bangladesh refugee camps worsens Bob Rae, special envoy to Myanmar, to release report on Rohingya crisis
Jordan Brady | 06 April, 2018, 13:36

The boat and its passengers will be handed over to immigration authorities, he said. "They want to go to Malaysia". "They are extremely poor". "Some families have shifted there after being attracted by these offers", Jahangir Alam, a government district administrator, said. Tight security by Myanmar officials also makes departures hard, though it would not be surprising if a handful of more boats were seen in the near future, she said. But most people in majority-Buddhist Myanmar consider them to be unwanted Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh. "Some of their ancestors have settled there in the past", he said. Muing Swi Thwee said more than 100 tribal families had left his area for Myanmar in the past three years.

Officials said they suspect political motives behind the migration.

He said he had heard that people were paying $287.71 per person on departure from Burma, but no one was clear how much they had to pay on arrival in another country, a common practice.

Dhaka: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday it was concerned about the safety of 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on a boat bound for Malaysia in stormy seas.

When he was appointed, Rae said his task would be to try and hear from all sides of the violence and to gather facts to shape a plan for how Canada and other countries should work to end the violence that has now displaced half a million Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh, with numerous women who have fled reporting rape and sexual violence by security forces.

Assad's media says main remaining rebel faction leaving Eastern Ghouta
Jaish al-Islam holds more than 3,500 prisoners and hostages in total, Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, told Reuters. The opposition has been negotiating with Russian Federation , a key ally of Assad, for days on an agreement to evacuate Douma.

There are almost 70,000 Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers living in Malaysia, according to the most recent statistics from the United Nations refugee agency. Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for an August 25 strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.

"But, in light of the news, we are investigating this matter".

The boat had stopped at a Thai island to restock itself on Saturday.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said in a statement that the boat was carrying 19 men, 17 women and 20 children.

It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast Asia as large numbers were abandoned at sea.

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