UNHCR granted access to Rohingya refugees
- Published: 16 Jan 2013 at 13.03
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BANGKOK - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Wednesday it had permission from Thailand to access some 850 people, many thought to be from Myanmar's Rohingya minority, held after raids on hidden camps in Thailand's far South.
Hundreds of migrants have been arrested in the past week in police sweeps on remote areas in rubber plantations in Songkhla province near the border with Malaysia, leading the UNHCR to seek to confirm whether any of them plan to seek asylum.
"The Thai authorities have agreed in principle to give us access to this group," Vivian Tan, spokeswoman for the UNHCR office, told AFP.
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