Alleged Rohingya mass grave found in Perlis, says report

Participants pretending to be dead Rohingya refugees at a solidary drive in Esplande, George Town, last week. A mass grave believed to contain the bodies of some 100 Rohingya migrants had been found in Padang Besar, Perlis. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 24, 2015. Participants pretending to be dead Rohingya refugees at a solidary drive in Esplande, George Town, last week. A mass grave believed to contain the bodies of some 100 Rohingya migrants had been found in Padang Besar, Perlis. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 24, 2015.

sources by – See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/alleged-rohingya-mass-grave-found-in-perlis-say-report#sthash.6wuPsA53.dpuf

 

A mass grave believed to contain the bodies of some 100 Rohingya migrants had been found in Padang Besar, Perlis, said English-language daily The Star.

Quoting sources, the daily said police teams from its headquarters in Bukit Aman was at the scene since Friday evening.

It said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was expected to hold a press conference on the matter tomorrow.

“So far, no details are available as it is believed police are in the middle of conducting the operation,” the daily quoted a source as saying.An unnamed police officer from the district police headquarters told The Star the mass grave was located in a restricted area and is inaccessible to the public.

“The place has been cordoned off and it is located at a hilly site,” he said.

A villager in the northern town bordering Thailand said there was a possibility a mass grave was found.

“The Rohingya people can die anywhere and not only in Thailand. You cannot choose the place where you want to die,” the unnamed villager was quoted as saying.

Checks by The Star showed that things were normal at Padang Besar.

The only exception was the presence of a few police four-wheel drive vehicles and marked police cars parked in front of food stalls.

Earlier this month, the Home Ministry denied reports claiming the existence of holding camps and mass graves of illegal ethnic Rohingya migrants on the Malaysian side of its border with Thailand.

Its secretary-general, Datuk Alwi Ibrahim, said investigations carried out by the police found no such camps or graves in Malaysia.

After the discovery of “death camps” in southern Thailand, there have been news reports saying that there might be similar slave camps housing illegal immigrants on the Malaysian side of the border.

More than 1.3 million Rohingya – viewed by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities – live in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.

Fleeing persecution, these refugees usually make their way to Malaysia on rickety boats via people smugglers.

After coming under fire for turning away refugees adrift at seas after being abandoned by the smugglers following a crackdown by Thai police on the normal smuggling routes, Malaysia together with Indonesia on May 20 announced that they would no longer turn away boatpeople.

Myanmar also softened its line on the issue, offering to help provide humanitarian assistance to stricken migrants. – May 24, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/alleged-rohingya-mass-grave-found-in-perlis-say-report#sthash.6wuPsA53.dpuf

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s