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Why Are Thai Authorities Unjust with Rohingyas?

The Rohingya are mostly stateless Muslims from Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Mohamed Ibrahim
Mohamed Ibrahim is Media & information secretary The European Rohingya Council (ERC)

(FRANKFURT Burma Times) - Thai authorities have sent around 1,300 Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, a top official said on Thursday. Thai authorities began deporting the Rohingya in September through a border checkpoint in the province of Ranong, national immigration chief Lieutenant General PharnuKerdlarpphon told AFP. “The whole deportation process was completed in early November,” he added.

More than 600 Burmese prisoners have been released recently in Thailand, Burma’s Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said in parliament on Friday. Reported DVB news site.

The Rohingya are mostly stateless Muslims from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Deadly attacks of state-sponsored Buddhist extremists on Rohingya villagers erupted in Buddhist-majority Myanmar last year.More than thousands people have been killed and numerous are missed and more than 140,000 left homeless in several outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence launched by Buddhist groups since June 2012 in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

The United Nations and the United States called for an investigation into the Reuters report, based on a two months of research in three countries, that revealed a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thai immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.

According to the international report for Rohingyas their own country living hell. For the past 50 years, life for the nearly two million Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine province has been a living hell. In 1978, the Myanmar army launched "Operation Nagamin (Dragon King)" to cleanse the province of the Rohingyas.


Nearly 500,000 fled to Bangladesh. Four years later, the military junta enacted a new citizenship law asking them to produce 'evidence of presence' in Myanmar before the advent of the British. Most failed, lost their citizenship and became stateless. Another 250,000 of them fled to Bangladesh in 1991-92.

Bangladesh's military rulers armed the Rohingyas to fight for a Muslim state in the northern Arakans, only provoking harsher retribution on the community.

Rohingyas fled to neighboring country because they are not safe their home, they face travel restrictions, forced labour and limited access to healthcare, education marriage restriction and religious freedom.

No Burmese politician will gain kudos for backing the Rohingyas. Mr. Thein Sein’s solution to the problem they pose was alarmingly candid: “We will send them away if any third country would accept them.” Miss Suu Kyi, asked if the Rohingyas are Burmese citizens, and was at least more cautious in her reply. She said, she did not know. Other, heroic, freed political prisoners, were even less "The Rohingya exodus is becoming a huge regional problem. Now that Myanmar is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), we never seen Thailand strongly raised Rohigyas issue in ASEAN or united nation while Thailand is only neighboring country since 4 decades who supported Military dictatorship regime.

The main question is that if Thai authorities released 600 Burmese prisoners why they sent 1300 Rohingyas refugees back to Myanmar where is so dangerous their lives? As the government persistently denied their citizenship, how Burmese government accept those people who are not their citizens.


It is just a game played with Rohingyas— the players are the criminal Burmese Government and human trafficker Thai Government. The recently deported 1300 Rohingyas are still missing and no true information that they are even alive or died. The key reason to deport Rohingya from Thailand into Burma is simply clear due to religious faith. The religious faith of Rohingya is not Buddhism so they face like Christian Kachins double injustice and oppression in their own country and asylum sought countries in particular Thailand.

“The deportation of Rohingya Muslims is a blatant violation of international laws that prohibit sending back refugees and asylum-seekers to a place where they can face danger and persecution,” said Sunai Phasuk, a senior researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Apparently, the Thai authorities sympathetically favor to Burmese Buddhists and released them when they are caught.

On the other hand, the same Thai Buddhist authorities discriminatorily conduct brutality on Rohingya and send them back when they are caught into their oppressor hands, the repressive regime led by President Thein Sein.

It is deplorable to be heard that the Thai authorities sent the oppressed victims Rohingya back to oppressor hand Burmese Buddhist genocidal regime.

It is a global concern to call immediately on Thai and Burmese authorities to officially state where are the 1300 Rohingya and what is their physical conditions?

Mohamed Ibrahim is Media & information secretary The European Rohingya Council (ERC), he can be reached Twitter @Ibrahimdubashi

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