facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Thais deny firing on Rohingya refugees

March 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM   |   Comments

BANGKOK, March 14 (UPI) -- The Thai navy has denied a report by a human rights group that sailors fired on Rohingya refugees who were forced back onto a boat that was pushed out to sea.

A naval spokesperson said Adm. Surasak Rounroengrom "has insisted that the navy did not kill or shoot at the Rohingya," the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.

Firing on the Muslim refugees from Myanmar "doesn't even cross our minds," the spokesperson added.

Human Rights Watch has called on the Thai government to investigate claims by Rohingya asylum seekers that Thai sailors fired on them after forcing them onto a boat sent back out to sea.

The incident allegedly occurred Feb. 22 off Phang Nga province.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the foreign ministry both rejected the report.

Yingluck said the government doesn't encourage violence and that she would investigate.

The Thai navy's policy is to feed the Rohingya, put them back on their boat and put the boat back out to sea. Their boat is replaced if it is need of repair. No additional shelter is provided.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
2
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
3
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
4
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
5
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback