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Update On SE Asia's Inhumanity In Turning Away Dying Refugees. By Roger Algase

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This is the latest update on the appalling, unbelievable inhumanity being shown by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in continuing to turn away hundreds, if not thousands, of dying boat refugess who have been at sea for weeks, if not months, and many of whom are trying to escape intolerable persecution and denial fo basic human rights, including the right to citizenship, in Burma.

According to the following May 18 BBC report, Indonesia has ordered its own fishermen, who were showing humanity that their leaders evidently lack, to stop rescuing Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat peope, now matter how terrible their circumstances are at sea.

It may be true, that as the report indicates, the Bangladeshi migrants, unlike the Rohingya from Burma, may be economic migrants rather than refugees under international law.

But do they not also have a right to live? One can only hope that the international community will sanction the the above four SE Asean countries for the barbarism of their leaders in creating and/or aggravating this crisis.

The report is entitled:

Asia boat migrants: UN despair over lack of rescues

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32776647

I want to thank my colleague Nolan Rappaport for bringing this report to my attention. On his behalf, I will also enter his disclaimer that forwarding a news item or article does not indicate that he has any opinion, one way or the other, about the content.

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Updated 05-20-2015 at 04:50 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Nolan Rappaport's Avatar
    Roger is right that I share articles I think my friends will find interesting, whether I agree with the articles or not. But his statement of that fact may suggest to some people that I disagree with this particular article, which is not the case. I agree that the international community should be helping a lot more than it is.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I did not mean to imply that Nolan disagrees with this article and I agree with him that the international community needs to do more to help resettle the refugees or displaced people in this situation.

    While I believe that it is inexcusable for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to turn away these starving boat people, who have been victimized by unscrupulous smugglers, these three countries have evidently already accepted thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people, and their arguments that they do not have the resources to accept more may have some weight.

    Are there no other countries in the region, or outside it, that can help? Is there nothing that the UN can do?

    And in terms of rescue, what about the US 7th fleet? Sure, we have problems at home. But can't our huge military complex save a few more lives overseas?

    (And even - gulp - resettle a few hundred here in the US?)

    No one is talking about getting into a war here.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This comment originally repeated my immediately above one by mistake. Please refer to that one. Thank you.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 05-19-2015 at 12:05 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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