In Thailand, it’s like a good boat people is a dead boat people.
You have a problem ? Make it disappear. Litteraly. Problem solved.
Illegal migrants are dirty. Sick. And costly. And time consuming. And embarrassing.
From an historical point of view, we know very well how some thai army forces (and thai… fishermen) treated the vietnamese boat people in the 70s… A never ending shame.
40 years later… it seems that the good old habits are hard… to die. With the burmese. Or the north-korean…
Actually, it’s striking to see such… a constancy…
Now, look at the Tak Bai massacre scene (2004)…
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva insisted Tuesday that Thailand had respected the rights of boat people from Burma, saying reports that the migrants were mistreated and abandoned at sea were “exaggerated”.
Mr Abhisit also said that foreign tourists who reportedly witnessed the incidents may have misunderstood what the Thai army and navy were trying to do with the immigrants.
Survivors and a human rights group have accused the Thai military of detaining and beating up to 1,000 members of the Rohingya minority from Burma late last year, before towing them out to sea with little food and water.
“The government will take action against illegal immigrants. If too many of them come, it will affect the country’s security. However, the actions will not violate human rights,” Abhisit told reporters.
He said the issue of human trafficking networks should be addressed with neighbouring countries, and blamed the migrants for getting into distress on purpose as a tactic to get into third countries.
“Sometimes they sail on boats without engines or sink their ships so that authorities help them to get onshore,” Abhisit said.
“Sometimes the information is exaggerated. Reports said (military actions) were witnessed by tourists — it may be a misunderstanding by tourists.”
Witnesses have reportedly said that some of the detainees were beaten within metres of foreign tourists on a remote Thai island off the coast, while photos have shown scores of migrants tied up on a beach. (Bangkok Post)
Amid reports that the Thai navy forced hundreds of Rohingya boat people out to sea last month, leaving up to 500 missing, the United Nations on Tuesday asked the government for access to 126 surviving boat people now in Thai custody. […]
The Thai navy on December 18 and 30 pushed out to sea at least 992 Rohingya boat people in boats without engines or sufficient supplies reports based on survivors’ testimonies said. An estimated 400 to 500 of the boat people are believed missing and feared drowned. (Nation)