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Govt extends migrants’ detention another 6 months

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A six-month detention period for 2,000 Rohingya migrants has passed and a second six months has been added on as the Government tries to find a way to relocate them. 

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Rohingya migrants sit inside a temporary shelter at a rubber plantation near the Thai-Malaysian border in Sadao district of Songkhla province last January. WICHAYANT BOONCHOTE

Govt extends migrants’ detention another 6 months


The government has agreed to hold about 2,000 Rohingya migrants in detention centres nationwide for another six months, Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Promnok said yesterday.

The migrants were originally due to remain in the centres for six months while the government assessed options for their relocation, but that initial deadline passed last month. The new detention deadline would now end in January.

The deputy PM, who oversees national security, was responding to an opposition request for details on the government’s policy to deal with the Rohingya migrants.

The request was made during a parliamentary session yesterday by Democrat MP for Bangkok Samart Maluleem.

Mr Samart said more than 2,000 Rohingya were being detained at immigration detention centres. He said he was concerned by overcrowding in the centres.

Pol Gen Pracha said the Rohingya, most of whom travelled by boat to escape religious unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, had breached the 1979 Immigration Act.

The law allows immigration officers to detain them only at Immigration Bureau detention centres. However, some Rohingya women and children with health problems are being held at shelters operated by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Pol Gen Pracha said the government was also concerned about the living conditions of the Rohingya.

Some young Rohingya and women are living in reasonably good conditions, like this group at the Phangnga Shelter for Children and Families. CHUMPORN SANGVILERT

He said the Foreign Ministry would use the detention deadline extension to hold talks with international organisations to explain the government’s policy in caring for the migrants.

The ministry has already held talks with Myanmar and asked it to help repatriate the Rohingya. Myanmar, however, has expressed doubts about the origin of the migrants, saying it needed verification of their identities.

National Human Rights Commissioner Niran Pithakwatchara, who oversees the Rohingya problem, said he would ask the government next week to help provide the Rohingya with proper shelters and to raise the problem at an Asean forum.

‘‘It is not just a Thai problem, it is one for all Asean countries,’’ Dr Niran said.

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Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ

allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ

assess: to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์

border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

breach: to fail to follow a law or rule - ละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ

commissioner: a member of a commission; a group of people who have been formally chosen to discover information about a problem or examine the reasons why the problem exists - กรรมาธิการ ผู้ได้รับมอบหมายอำนาจหน้าที่

concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล

conditions: the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things - เหตุการณ์, สภาพการ, สถานการณ์

deadline: a time or day by which something must be done - เส้นตาย

deal with: to take action to solve a problem - จัดการปัญหา

deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

details: small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

detained: kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

detention centre: a place where people who have committed offences are kept in detention - สถานกักกัน

doubt: a feeling of being uncertain about something/someone or not believing something - ความสงสัย

due to: scheduled to - มีกำหนด

extension: making a period of time longer - การขยายออกไป

identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์

immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

Immigration Bureau: the government agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country and those who want to live there - สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น

migrant: someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work (an immigrant is someone who comes to live in a country from another country) - ผู้อพยพ

Ministry of Social Development and Human Security: the Thai ministry responsible for promoting social development and equality and social justice. - กระทรวงการพัฒนาสังคมและความมั่นคงของมนุษย์

national security: the protection or the safety of a country’s secrets and its citizens - การรักษาความมั่นคงแห่ง่ชาติ

nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ

opposition: of a political party that is not part of the government - ฝ่ายค้าน  

option: a choice; something that you can choose in a particular situation - ทางเลือก

origin: the place where someone/something comes from - ที่มา, ต้นกำเนิด

originally: the situation that existed at the beginning of a particular period or activity, especially before something was changed - อย่างเป็นอันแรก, โดยแรกเริ่ม

overcrowding: having too many people or things in something ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด - ซึ่งแออัดยัดเยียด

oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

plantation: a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or, in this case, trees, are grown - ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่

policy: a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

proper: right, appropriate or correct; according to the rules - เหมาะสม

relocation: the process of moving someone or something to a new place - การย้ายที่ใหม่

remain: to stay in the same place; to not leave - ยังอยู่, พักอยู่, รออยู่

repatriate: to send or bring someone back to their own country - ส่งคนกลับประเทศ

session: a formal meeting of an institution such as a parliament or a court - การประชุม 

shelter: a temporary place to stay - ที่พักชั่วคราว

temporary: for a limited time; not permanent - ชั่วคราว

unrest: angry or violent behaviour by people who are protesting or fighting against something - สถานการณ์ที่ไม่สงบ

verification: the process of checking that something is true or accurate - การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง

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