Young Rohingya among those in the first camp raided yesterday
(Photo – Metee Mooktaree)
Alan Morison & Chutima Sidasathian
January 11, 2013
PHUKET: Hundreds more captive Rohingya were freed from traffickers in a fresh raid by authorities early today as an international rights organisation called on the Thai government to permit UN access to the rescued people.
Human Rights Watch spokesperson Phil Robertson said: ”We are concerned that Thailand will quickly move to deport these groups without consideration for their rights.”
Unprecedented raids by Thai authorities on two large secret camps close to the border with Malaysia have ”rescued” about 700 Rohingya, with many women and children among them.
But the whereabouts of the group freed yesterday from a hillside camp and the second group released in a raid on a warehouse in Songkhla province today are not known.
After yesterday’s raid, the first group of between 367 and 397 were housed at Songkhla Immigration and police stations around the township of Padang Bezar.