Foreign Minister: Rohingya migrants must leave ThailandBy English News | 15 ม.ค. 2556 17:56 | 1132 views | View Comment
BANGKOK, Jan 15 – The Thai Foreign Ministry insisted today that nearly 1,000 Rohingya migrants, arrested last week for illegal entry, will be eventually deported from Thailand.
Sihasak Puangketkaew, permanent secretary for foreign affairs, said legal action against the Rohingya ethnic detainees will be on humanitarian grounds while international organisations have been asked to intervene and assist.
The 857 Rohingya migrants reportedly totaled 667 men, 30 women and 160 children and youths aged under 18. Women and children being kept at the Songkhla drop-in centre while men are separately confined at police immigration centres and police stations in Sadao and Padang Besar districts of Songkhla province.
According to preliminary investigation, the migrants’ journeys were allegedly related to human trafficking networks, he said, affirming that legal action will be taken against them for illegal entry.
International agencies including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have offered to help these people, he said.
Mr Sihasak said the Foreign Ministry has sought cooperation from the Myanmar government which promised to take back the Rohingya migrants who could prove their Myanmar nationality.
The National Security Council will seek a special budget from the cabinet to take care of the Rohingya migrants on humanitarian basis and for Thailand’s image in the global community, he said. (MCOT online news)