Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

Originally published at Siam Voices on May 5, 2015 Thailand’s military government is facing new pressure following the discovery of a mass grave in the country’s south, where dozens of bodies, presumably victims of human trafficking, were buried. Police have made several arrests linked to the crime and the Thai junta has vowed to take action. The shallow graves … More Pressing questions after human trafficking grave found in southern Thailand

Burma, Cambodia ‘hail’ Thai junta: With neighbors like these…

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 5, 2014 For the Thai military, launching a coup in Thailand is one thing, but maintaining it is a whole other task. Probably one of the hardest jobs for the junta is to seek universal legitimacy from the international community – especially since “the transition of power” was very … More Burma, Cambodia ‘hail’ Thai junta: With neighbors like these…

Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 3: The Rohingya, unwelcomed and ignored

Originally published at Siam Voices on December 29, 2013 In the third part of our Siam Voices 2013 year in review series, we highlight the plight of Southeast Asia’s most persecuted refugees, the Rohingya. In Thailand, it seems that they are particularly unwelcomed by authorities. Ever since neighboring Myanmar has gradually opened up to the … More Siam Voices 2013 review – Part 3: The Rohingya, unwelcomed and ignored

Thai minister accuses Rohingya refugees of ‘feigning pitifulness’

Originally published at Siam Voices on August 21, 2013 In the past year an estimated that over 35,000 Rohingya – an ethnic minority group from Burma who are denied citizenship there and targeted in deadly persecution (partly incited by Buddhist monks) – fled on often overcrowded and frail boats to the Andaman Sea. They often land … More Thai minister accuses Rohingya refugees of ‘feigning pitifulness’

Rohingya stuck in Thai detention vulnerable to traffickers

Originally published at Siam Voices on July 8, 2013 Over 2,000 Rohingya refugees are detained in Thailand as more reports about inhumane conditions, human trafficking and rape surface while efforts to relocate them to another country have so far failed. With a deadline looming very soon, they are now threatened to be stuck in limbo. … More Rohingya stuck in Thai detention vulnerable to traffickers

Report: Thai military killed Rohingya migrants in botched boat transfer

Originally published at Siam Voices on March 7, 2013 According to reports, between two and 15 Rohingya migrants were killed by Thai military troops who opened fire on them in a botched boat transfer north of Phuket. The killings, which are said to have occurred on February 22, came during a botched attempt by the … More Report: Thai military killed Rohingya migrants in botched boat transfer

Forensic ‘expert’ links Rohingya to Thailand insurgency

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 28, 2013 The fate of the ethnic Rohingya refugees has gained much public attention recently with more refugees boats passing by the western coastline of Thailand, some of them being intercepted by Thai authorities. Earlier this month the Thai army discovered about 900 mostly Rohingya migrants in Southern Thailand … More Forensic ‘expert’ links Rohingya to Thailand insurgency

Reports: Thai authorities sell Rohingya refugees to human traffickers

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 22, 2013 Thai authorities have “sold off” ethnic Rohingya migrants who have arrived in Thailand by boat to people smugglers, according to both local and international media. Last week we reported on the fate of the 74 Rohingya migrants, among them many women and children, that were intercepted by … More Reports: Thai authorities sell Rohingya refugees to human traffickers

UPDATED: Thailand moves to deport 800 Rohingya as exodus continues

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 16, 2013 Thailand is moving to deport around 800 Rohingya, underlining the country’s continuing policy of refusing Burma’s (Myanmar) persecuted ethnic minority asylum status. The refugees were found in an army-led raids on human trafficker camps in the Southern Thai border province of Songkhla last week and are now detained. There are reportedly … More UPDATED: Thailand moves to deport 800 Rohingya as exodus continues

Dawei: Thai-backed mega project in Burma hits a snag

Originally published at Siam Voices on January 11, 2012 Almost a year ago, we have reported about a large industrial estate and port built in Dawei Burma’s west coast and Thailand’s involvement in the mega-project. Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun has, among other crucial factors, outlined in an very detailed essay the Thai stakes in Dawei: … More Dawei: Thai-backed mega project in Burma hits a snag