Thailand sends 13 Rohingyas home

BANGKOK, 15 October 2013 (NNT) – Thailand has sent 13 Rohingyas who were arrested for illegal entry early this year back to their motherland of Bangladesh.

Immigration Police Commissioner Major General Panu Kerdlabpol, along with other Thai officials, has seen off 13 migrants at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The 13 Rohingyas entered Thailand illegally on January 9, 2013.

Thailand has so far this year picked up over 2,000 illegal migrants trying to enter the country. And even though their entry was illegal, Thai authorities have taken good care of them, providing them with food and shelters, said the Commissioner, adding that Thailand has always abided by the international laws related to human rights.

31 Rohingyas from Bangladesh have requested to be repatriated. As for the rest of the migrants, General Panu said police would have to prove their identities in order to be able to send them back to the right countries. However, if they do not wish to return to their home countries for some reasons, Thailand will ask a third country to take them as refugees.