BANGKOK, 20 January 2009 (IRIN) – The head of Thailand’s Army, General Anupong Paochinda, told journalists on 20 January the military was investigating allegations that military authorities abused Burmese Muslim refugees.
This followed assurances by the new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on 19 January that the government would investigate allegations that the Thai Navy cast hundreds of Rohingya asylum-seekers from Myanmar adrift in the Andaman Sea in southwest Thailand last month.
The defence minister would investigate these accusations and report back to the prime minister as soon as possible, according to Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.
The premier also assured human rights activists that his government would not tolerate any violation of the rights of the Burmese boat people. continue