The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) strongly condemns the plan of the Thai Government to deport 73 Rohingya boat people back to Myanmar.
The Thai government should investigate reports that authorities forcibly pushed back to sea 91 ethnic Rohingyas seeking asylum, Human Rights Watch said, as a motorless vessel with 91 migrants turned up 700 kilometres away.
Thailand should immediately allow the United Nations refugee agency unhindered access to 211 detained ethnic Rohingya asylum seekers to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said on 2 February 2011.
Three international NGOs have expressed grave concern over the actions of Thai security personnel who forced at least 166 refugees back to Burma on Christmas Day 2010.
A host of regional NGOs have called for the revocation of the Emergency Declaration and the full restoration of human rights and the rule of law in Thailand.
In a letter to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit, Human Rights Watch expresses alarm over the spate of arrests without charge in Thailand and urges him to lift the country’s Emergency Decree.
Thailand is still stunned by the military assault on the Red Shirt encampment in the tourist centre of the capital city of Bangkok on 19 May. Walden Bello points out that there was a class element behind the conflict between the Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts.
Thailand’s Clean Clothes Campaign is shocked and angered by arrest and detention of well-known Thai labour and human rights advocate Somyot Pruksakasemsuk. No charges have been pressed against him and no proper inquiry held – and now his detention has been extended.
The Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network expresses concern over the oppression against civil society, freedom of speech and association that is likely to follow after the military crackdown (in the name of “anti-terrorism”) in Thailand.
Thailand was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council, but that hasn’t impressed the Asian Legal Resource Centre, which is concerned with the country’s non-compliance with its international human rights obligations.