Bangladesh shares a 190-mile land border with Myanmar, where a number of refugee camps have been set up to accommodate Rohingya refugees, who cross the border to escape what has been described by the United Nations as an ethnic cleansing. 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. Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for an August 25 strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.
The boat stopped at the island because it had been damaged in a storm. Thai authorities confirmed that they sent the boat back out to sea.
An agreement to repatriate Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar's Rakhine state has yet to see a single refugee returned.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said it has increased patrols in the Malacca Straits and Andaman Sea, especially near Langkawi island, after hearing of Sunday's stopover of a fishing boat with 56 people at an island in southern Thailand's Krabi province. Transnational human trafficking syndicates working in concert with various authorities operated numerous boats.
In Bangkok on Monday, human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights urged Thailand and Malaysia to provide protection for Rohingya refugees in accordance with global law and standards.
Thailand and Asean have heard frequent warnings that the Rohingya crisis could become a regional issue as members of the ethnic minority will continue to disperse across the region, including with the involvement of abusive human-trafficking rings, as were exposed in 2015.
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.
In the meantime, he estimated Can$150 million in annual aid is needed over the next four years to provide assistance, education and supporting infrastructure in more than a dozen refugee camps in Bangladesh near the Myanmar border.
Aye is expected to meet Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, foreign ministry officials told BenarNews.
Rae reiterated the past view of the Liberal government - 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.
Dhaka: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday it was concerned about the safety of 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on a boat bound for Malaysia in stormy seas.
NEW YORK-George Soros and the Open Society Foundations today announced an emergency assistance fund of United States dollars 10 million to help Rohingya people displaced from Myanmar and host communities in Bangladesh.
Rohingya in the refugee camps and the worldwide community have called for guarantees of a safe return and establishment of protected areas in Rakhine before repatriation begins. At least 6,000 more will be relocated this week, he said, adding that the resettlement for 25,000 was scheduled to be completed by mid-April.