(Posted by Rohingya Vision on) June 20, 2014
By Chutima Sidasathian
Thursday, June 19, 2014
PHUKET: Dealing with the Rohingya boatpeople issue was a challenge for Asean but addressing the ”root cause” was essential, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Thailand, Lutfi Rauf, said yesterday.
He was speaking on Phuket after meeting with Governor Maitree Intrusud at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City.
The envoy’s visit came a day after a top UN humanitarian official said she witnessed ”appalling conditions” and the worst human suffering she has ever seen in camps for stateless Rohingya in Burma’s Rakhine state.
Thousands of Rohingya continue to be forced to flee Burma because of ethnic cleansing. The boatpeople mysteriously appear in southern Thailand, where human traffickers keep them in secret camps until a fee of 60,000 baht is paid for the passage of each individual across the border to Malaysia.
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