Burney hails Thai premier for proposing talks on human trafficking


KARACHI: Ansar Burney Trust International’s Chairman, Ansar Burney, on Thursday appreciated Thailand prime minister’s proposed talks with Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma) on human trafficking after mass graves and bodies were discovered in a border smugglers’ camp.

Burney said in a statement issued from Bangkok that Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had made the offer after dozens of bodies, believed to be those of Rohingya Muslim migrants from Myanmar (Burma), were found in Thailand’s Songkhla Sadao district, on the border between Thailand and Malaysia. The area has been used as a holding for migrants who employ cruel human traffickers to sneak them into Malaysia.

He said that dozens of bodies of Rohingya Muslim victims had already been identified and dozens of mass graves had been found. Thai premier directed 53 police officers to be transferred to the area of the grave sightings to investigate human trafficking crimes.

Burney, who is on a visit to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, stated that UNHCR had also reported learned stories of abuse and deprivation on boats in the Bay of Bengal and in camps on the Thai-Malaysian border, from hundreds of Rohingya survivors. Some survivors claimed they witnessed deaths from beatings and starvation. “These findings have been shared with governments to advocate for urgent action,” Burney concluded.