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Marine Police make an earlier arrest of Rohingya boat people

Boat People in Torment: Hell on a Holiday Coast

Friday, January 16, 2009
The Big Question: Where are these 46 boat people now?


A BOATLOAD of Rohingya refugees landed on the Andaman coast today and was immediately taken into custody by the Thai Navy.

Local residents on and around Prathong island, where the boat landed, close to Kuraburi in the province of Phang Nga, were warned to stay away.

A total of 46 people were on the Rohingya boat, Phuketwan has been told.

Marine Police and local regular police are also involved in the operation.

A Thai Army contingent was coming south from the border town of Ranong, where they have a base, to collect the boat people.

Human rights activists have become concerned about the fate of the Rohingya (Muslim Burmese) who are now being taken into custody by the Thai Army, hidden in the jungle on a secret exile island, then carried out to sea and released in international waters.

Andaman or Auschwitz? Time to Speak Out
Tourists along the Andaman coast have been horrified by what they have seen on their holidays. What does it take to persuade the Thai Government to stop these abuses? Bodies bobbing in the water?
Andaman or Auschwitz? Time to Speak Out

Army 'Admits Funding Round-up of Refugees'
Tourists see boat people mistreated on a Similans beach. A 'secret Andaman exile island' is used as a holding place. Elsewhere, survivors tell of a nightmare with its beginnings in Thailand.
Army 'Admits Funding Round-up of Refugees'

Andaman Culture Clash: Tourists and Boat People
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The Rohingya imagine a better life beyond the tourist holiday coast to the south and fall into the hands of a branch of the Thai military trained to show no compassion.
Andaman Culture Clash: Tourists and Boat People

Boat People 'Aiming for Phuket, Phang Nga'
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The prospect of tourists encountering boat people is increasing on and around Phuket and Phang Nga as questions are being asked about Army brutality against refugees.
Boat People 'Aiming for Phuket, Phang Nga'

Similans Tourists See Boat People Mistreated
Bikinis and brute force
Thailand's Similan islands, one of the world's top dive sites, is now also a destination where tourists may see boat people roughly handled by armed military on the beaches.
Similans Tourists See Boat People Mistreated

How the Andaman Links to Amnesty 'Torture'
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Amnesty accusations of 'torture' have an Andaman connection. The holiday coastline from Phuket northwards is now home to a mix of tourists and boat people, as well as locals.
How the Andaman Links to Amnesty 'Torture'

Phuketwan Voyages to Red Sand Island
Island Album
The Rohingya keep coming by boat illegally, but a change in tactics means the Army now claim them and keep them in secret on an Andaman island before letting them go out at sea.
Phuketwan Voyages to Red Sand Island

Exclusive: Secret Rohingya 'Exile Island' Revealed
Photo Album
Concern is increasing about the manner in which Rohingya are being secretly turned back to sea off Thailand after first being detained on an Andaman island
Exclusive: Secret Rohingya 'Exile Island' Revealed

In Pictures: Arrest of the Rohingya


Photo Special: Phuket Navy Holds Burmese Muslims
Photo Exclusive
The first astonishing photos of hundreds of Burmese Rohingya attempting to enter Thai waters are on Phuketwan now, as chronicled by the Royal Thai Navy.
Photo Special: Phuket Navy Holds Burmese Muslims

'Starving' Boatloads: Phuket Call for UN Action
World Exclusive
Hundreds of hungry boat people are being apprehended north of Phuket, prompting a call for United Nations intervention. Phuketwan exposes the Andaman's serious human rights issue, the Rohingya.
'Starving' Boatloads: Phuket Call for UN Action

Burmese in Thailand: Essential Reading


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