UN gains Rohingya access

Thailand will allow the UN's refugee agency to visit nearly 850 Rohingya migrants detained after raids on hidden camps in the South.

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Rohingya migrants who are being held at Thung Lung police station in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district. They are among 843 Rohingya detained in three operations in Songkhla in the past two weeks. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD

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UN gains Rohingya access

Sukumpol wants global help to resettle migrants

Bangkok Post & AFP

Thailand will allow the UN's refugee agency to visit nearly 850 Rohingya migrants detained after raids on hidden camps in the South.

At least 843 Rohingya have been arrested in the past week in police sweeps of remote areas in rubber plantations near the border with Malaysia, leading the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to try to confirm whether any of them plan to seek asylum.

"The Thai authorities have agreed in principle to give us access to this group," said Vivian Tan, spokeswoman for the UNHCR office.

"We can't confirm the identity [of the migrants] without us first talking to them and doing a preliminary assessment."

She said no date had been agreed on yet but the UN was pushing to do the interviews as soon as possible.

Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat said Wednesday the UN should play a greater role in addressing the migration of Rohingya.

He said the problem facing the Rohingya people requires engagement from the international community.

"The international community should step in and do more to resettle the Rohingya migrants," ACM Sukumpol said.

The government would follow standard procedures when handling the Rohingya migrants, the defence minister said.


"We have to take care of them when they come ashore," he said, noting the next step would be to send them to a third country.

"But the process takes time [and turns] it into a burden," he said, adding the government would do its best to prevent exploitation and trafficking of future migrants.

ACM Sukumpol said there is so far no reason to believe the migrants are linked to the insurgency in the deep South.

The recent waves of Rohingya migrants have prompted security authorities to meet state agencies to review standard operating procedures.

Maj Gen Manas Khongpaen, a senior officer attached to Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4, said a total of 2,817 illegal Rohingya migrants entered the country and were detained during October to December last year.

Isoc spokesman Ditthaporn Sasisamit said the short-term protocol is to provide the Rohingya migrants with assistance and then identify who are victims of human smuggling before sending them home or to a third country. He said the Foreign Ministry would seek a long-term solution in talks with Myanmar and the international community.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is collecting evidence to determine if human trafficking is to blame for the influx of Rohingya migrants.

migrant – someone who travels to another place or country in order to find work ผู้อพยพ
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
access – having the opportunity to meet/talk to someone มีโอกาสพบ
resettle – to relocate; to move to another place to live ไปตั้งรกรากใหม่
refugee – someone who leaves their country or living place, especially during a war or other threatening event ผู้ลี้ภัย
global – throughout the world ทั่วโลก
raid – using force to enter a place suddenly in order to arrest people or search for something such as illegal weapons or drugs การเข้าตรวจค้น
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
sweep – finding and bringing together a group of people or animals การไล่จับ
remote – far away from other cities, towns, or people ที่ห่างไกล
plantation – a large farm where crops such as tea, coffee, cotton, sugar or, in this case, rubber trees, are grown ไร่ นาขนาดใหญ่
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
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
asylum – the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country การลี้ภัย
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
in principle – in general terms without knowing the details or whether something is really possible โดยหลัก
identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
preliminary – early; not final ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก, เบื้องต้น, ชั้นต้น
assessment – a judgment or opinion การประเมิน
play a role – to carry out a particular function or duty มีบทบาท
address – to deal with a problem จัดการปัญหา
engagement – being involved in something การพัวพันอยู่กับ
standard procedures – the way things are normally done การปฏิบัติที่เป็นมาตราฐาน
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
burden – a serious or difficult responsibility that you have to deal with  ภาระ
exploitation – unfair treatment of someone, or the use of a situation in a way that is wrong การใช้หาประโยชน์อย่างไม่ถูกต้อง
trafficking – dealing in illegal goods, like drugs, weapons or in illegally moving humans from one place to another การค้าสิ่งที่ผิดกฎหมาย
linked – connected เชื่อมต่อ เชื่อมโยง
insurgency – an attempt by a group of people to take control of their country or the area where they live by force การจลาจล
wave – a large number of people moving or arriving somewhere at the same time  คนกลุ่มใหญ่ที่กำลังมุ่งหน้าไปยัง
prompt – to cause someone to take action กระตุ้น
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
state – government รัฐบาล
Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) – a unit of the Thai military devoted to national security issues กองอำนวยการรักษาความมั่นคงภายใน (กอ.รมน.)
illegal – against the law อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
short-term – lasting a short time; designed only for a short period of time in the future ระยะสั้น, ช่วงสั้น
protocol – a system of fixed rules and formal behaviour ระเบียบการ
assistance – help; aid ความช่วยเหลือ
smuggling – secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country or place การลักลอบ
long-term – that will last or have an effect over a long period of time ระยะยาว
(DSI) Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
determine – to officially find out or decide something  ตัดสินใจ  ชี้ขาด
influx – a large number of people or things coming in to a place การหลั่งไหล การไหลบ่า  (เข้าไปยังที่ใดที่หนึ่ง)

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