Bangladesh Has No Space to Resettle Rohingya Refugees - Foreign Minister

Malaysia steps up patrols in waters off Langkawi amid reports of Rohingya arrival

However, Fortify Rights documented other arrivals-by-sea of Rohingya refugees in both Malaysia and Thailand in 2018, including a boat that arrived in Thailand in February 2018.

While the origin of the Rohingya has not be determined, Krabi police chief Col. Pattanachak Chakrabhan said most of the boat's occupants likely came from Myanmar's Rakhine state and had planned to take refuge in Malaysia.

The navy and coastguard had stepped up patrols around Langkawi - where Rohingya have come ashore in the past - after the boat was spotted of Thailand's west coast at the weekend and its passengers said they were trying to reach Malaysia.

"The Thai and Malaysian authorities went so far as to tow boats of refugees out of their territorial waters, leaving them adrift at sea", the rights group said.

The fund includes a donation of Dollars 8 million to BRAC, one of the largest worldwide 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.

"Generally all 56 passengers, mostly children and women, are safe but exhausted and hungry", Malaysian navy chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said.

"The sea and river points that the human traffickers used four to five years ago have been closed and these have been under strict vigilance", he said.

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.




In the meantime, Rae says Canada needs to do more help refugees, including those in the region and those who might be able to find sanctuary elsewhere, and it needs to commit to a longer-term humanitarian strategy for the region, as it has in Syria and Iraq.

Malaysia's standard policy has been to turn away refugee boats attempting to make landfall, unless weather conditions are bad, though thousands have managed to enter the country over the years.

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

The Liberal government has expressed the view that Suu Kyi is not in charge of her country's powerful military, which once held her under house arrest, and that targeting her does not address the main crisis.

A Bangladeshi official also said Monday that a Burmese government official would visit the Rohingya refugee camps near the Bangladeshi-Burma border next week, making them the first high-ranking official to do so.

The board's chairman, Surakiart Sathirathai of Thailand, said he was happy to learn of Bangladesh's agreement to the visit, which he hoped would take place soon. "So, we do not expect a mass exodus at least until after the monsoon", said Lewa, referring to the usual onset of the annual monsoon season in April.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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