Monday, May 25, 2015

Rohingya Library: Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people: Appeal to search and rescue the abandoned people in distress at sea

Rohingya migrants on boat drift in Thai waters

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) calls for immediate help of the regional countries and international community to rescueand save the lives of thousands of abandoned Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople floating off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The deserted boat people, consisting of Rohingya women and children fleeing large-scale persecution and mass atrocity crimes in Burma, are now in distress and trauma, and they are facing starvation. They are in danger of being lost and deserve all assistance and shelter, well in time, from the international community in accordance with article 98 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In this connection, we appeal to the costal countries in the region to provide necessary search and rescue services.

By Nicki Siamaki
PPL Keyword: Statelessness

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