As thousands of Bangladeshis and Rakhine State Muslims remain stuck aboard human smugglers’ boats, an international rights group has named Myanmar as one the 10 nations where minorities are most at risk of persecution.
Some 2000 men, women and children are believed to be stranded on human traffickers’ boats off Myanmar’s Rakhine State coast and are in urgent need of help, the UN Refugee Agency said yesterday as it appealed to the government to intervene.
Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups are to meet next week in Chiang Mai to consider the government’s offer of a “nationwide” ceasefire pact that would exclude three factions fighting in the Kokang region but with a promise of bilateral talks once they halt military operations.
Concerns are growing for those on board a boat carrying suspected Rohingya refugees that has been missing for three days after it was pushed out of Thai waters near the southern island of Ko Lipe on May 16.
Government has awarded 13km of beach to a private firm, but not all are convinced it is the best way forward.