Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Myanmar (Burma): Bodies of 10 boat migrants found

Thai authorities said yesterday they had recovered the bodies of 10 migrant workers from Myanmar whose boat is believed to have sunk in a recent storm.

Myanmar officials confirmed that the nine men and one woman were citizens of their country, according to the governor of the southern Thai province of Ranong, Cherdsak Jampathes.

“It is likely they were illegal immigrants who came for work.

They normally travel in groups of 20-30 in small boats. There was a storm and rain early this week.”

Thousands of migrants from Myanmar work in the Thai fishing and other industries.

Last month International Labour Organisation warned of “serious abuses” in the kingdom’s vast fishing industry such as forced labour and violence.

Former military-ruled Myanmar has also seen an exodus of asylum-seekers in rickety boats following a wave of violence since last year, mostly targeting minority Muslims.

Tuesday 15 October 2013



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