Human trafficking behind boat people crisis: president’s spokesman

Union Minister U Ye Htut explains consequence of human trafficking of people from Rakhine State and Bangladesh to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.—Photo: Aye Min Soe
Union Minister U Ye Htut explains consequence of human trafficking of people from Rakhine State and Bangladesh to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.—Photo: Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 18 May —The Myanmar government pledges cooperation with regional and other international counterparts to tackle the ongoing boat people crisis, whichis a consequence of human trafficking of people from Rakhine State and Bangladesh to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the president’s spokesman said Monday.
The Myanmar government will scrutinize the boat people and bring back those who can show evidence of citizenship, said the President’s Spokesman and Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut at a meeting between ministers and diplomats in Yangon.
The government does not assume the boat people to be refugees fleeing the conflict in Rakhine State, which shares a border with Bangladesh, he added.
Myanmar has begun to repatriate more than 500 trafficking victims who were forced onto fishing boats in Indonesia, after they were found to be citizens, the spokesperson said.
The second bi-monthly meeting also focused on preparation for the upcoming 2015 general election and the revocation of temporary identity cards, also known as white cards.
More than 400,000 of the roughly 700,000 white cards have been collected by authorities across the country, said U Khin Yi, Union Minister for Immigration and Population. GNLM

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