Malaysia/Thailand must Launch urgent search and rescue missions for remaining Rohingya at sea
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London, July 27 -- Responding to news that 26 Rohingya refugees previously feared drowned off the resort island of Langkawi, Malaysia, have been found alive on the island of Rebak Besar following a search yesterday, Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty International's Malaysia Researcher said:
"While this story has had a happy ending, such potential tragedies could be avoided if Malaysian and Thai authorities allowed Rohingya refugees to disembark from boats instead of callously pushing them back out to sea.
"The situation of remaining Rohingya refugees still stranded at sea for months is desperate. ASEAN governments must immediately launch coordinated search and rescue missions for remaining survivors; allow all boats carrying refugees and mig...
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