Tuesday, 10 February 2009

The Rohingya Boat People

An article in the recent Star newspaper revealed that the Rohingya refugees are victims of modern day slave trade. Not wanted in their own country, Myanmar, and harassed by the Police and Immigration officials in Thailand and Malaysia, these stateless people have become easy victims of the slave trade.

Those caught in Malaysia were deported to Thailand. According to a report, here is how it works:

This is an account by one who was caught:

The Malaysian Government however, denied the allegation:

Evidence of beating by the Thai Police (top). In Malaysia, illegal immigrants caught are subjected to imprisonment and caning

Further reports on the treatment of refugees and illegal immigrants in Malaysia.


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