BURMA: ACTION URGED ON STRANDED ROHINGYA REFUGEES
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called on the British government to press for EU Foreign Ministers meeting today to discuss the case of Rohingya refugees who are currently stranded in the Andaman Sea.
The BBC reports that hundreds of Rohingya refugees have been stranded on boats for over a week in the Andaman Sea with no food or water after being refused entry to Thailand. Ten people have reportedly already died, while survivors have been forced to drink their own urine to survive.
CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “We have written to the Foreign Office to request a public statement by the Foreign Secretary urging Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to desist from sending the Rohingya boats back to sea. We call on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations as a whole to work for a humane and just solution to the refugee crisis, including measures to rescue those at sea.”