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Thai Officials Suspected of Trafficking Rohingya

22 January 2013

Thai authorities are investigating the involvement of army officials in the trafficking of Muslim Rohingya’s, AFP reports. Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing the violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Burma’s Arakan State and leave on small boats in search of a better life. Most of them land on Thailand’s southwestern Andaman coast, from where they hope to reach Malaysia. But recently some Rohingya were found near the Malaysian border on the Thai mainland, leading to suspicions that the group had been helped by officials. “There were army officials involved – some local unit heads,” a senior Thai official told AFP. “They could not be there if there were no government officials involved.”