ARNO Press Release
Rohingya boat people in Thailand need help and protection
ARAKAN ROHINGYA NATIONAL ORGANISATION
(26 January 2011)
Our attention has been drawn to the case of the 158 distressed Rohingya boat people, who have been arrested by Thai police, on 22 and 24 January 2011, after arriving on the shore of southern Thailand with boat engine troubles.
Due to continued persecution and crimes against humanity perpetrated against them by the Burmese military regime the outflows of Rohingyas from their homeland of Arakan into Bangladesh and other countries is a regular phenomenon over the decades. Also during recent years the world has had witnessed how the persecuted Rohingyas become desperate to make their ways, for safe shelter and protection, to Southeast Asian countries in particular, risking their lives through turbulent seas and oceans in rickety boats. Many of them were drowned or perished and eventually ended up in jails in some countries.