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Rohingya Muslim mass grave unearthed in Thailand

7 May 2015 13:35


Another mass grave believed to contain the remains of Rohingya migrants has been discovered in southern Thailand, local officials said.

Thai national police found 30 more graves at a remote camp in southern Songkla Province on Thursday morning, reports said.

The graves are similar to those found earlier in Thailand’s Padang Besar area of Songkla, which borders Malaysia’s Perlis State, Bangkok Post reported, citing local officials.

Since May 1, around 40 such graves have been uncovered in Padang Besar, with at least 32 bodies of deceased Rohingya migrants.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given local authorities a 10-day deadline to investigate the deaths of the Rohingya migrants and bring the human traffickers to justice.

According to the recently released report of Center for the Prevention of Genocide, Rohingya Muslims are the target of rampant hate speech and restrictions on their freedom of movement in Myanmar.

Rohingya and other Muslims have faced torture, neglect, and repression in Myanmar for many years. A large number of Rohingyas are believed to have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in attacks by extremists who call themselves Buddhists.

Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and labels them as “illegal” immigrants.

Rohingya Muslims have been denied Myanmar citizenship since a new citizenship law was enacted in 1982, and there have been a number of attacks on Rohingyas over the past year.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly called on Myanmar’s neighboring countries to accept Rohingya Muslims fleeing the state-sponsored bloody communal violence.

The UN recognizes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims as one of the world’s most persecuted communities.

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