Wikileaks, Rohinga and Thai government policy

21 06 2011

For those wondering what has happened to all the Wikileaks on Thailand, we recommend the thaicables blog, where readers can set up automatic notification of new releases.

The latest batch sees a cable from then U.S. Ambassador Eric John that confirms that Thai authorities were pushing Rohinga boat people back out to sea.

We are reminded of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s claims in 2009, published in The Guardian: “Thailand’s prime minister acknowledged yesterday that officials had towed migrants from Burma back out to sea, but insisted human rights were not violated. Many Rohingya, who are denied citizenship in their native land, have tried to land in Thailand in recent months, only to be turned away. Rescued migrants said the Thai navy towed them out to the high seas in boats with no engines. Hundreds died as a result. The prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, said the boats “were towed out so they can land at a different destination”. He did not deny that sending them away was government policy.”




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