Connect with us

Thailand

Suu Kyi to discuss refugee crisis during first state visit

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

BANGKOK: Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will face questions about the refugee crises after her arrival in Bangkok today for her first official visit to strengthen ties between the neighboring countries.

While many observers view the Nobel-prize winner as the first Myanmar civilian government official in half a century, Ms Suu Kyi refrained from drawing attention to the military governance of Thailand, choosing to pay more attention to the fate of Myanmar citizens in the country.

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha said yesterday that Ms Suu Kyi’s visit to Thailand was as a guest of the Thai government, not as a democratic icon.

“Previously [in 2012], she visited as a democratic leader, but today she is a representative of Myanmar’s government,” Gen Prayuth told reporters.

The visit, which ends Saturday, is expected to focus on the plight of Myanmar migrants and refugees, said Dulyapak Preecharush, a Thammasat University expert on Southeast Asia.

The Myanmar delegation is expected to sign pacts of cooperation with Thailand, focusing on improving the working conditions and living standards of the millions of Myanmar workers currently in Thailand.

More than 1.4 million migrants from Myanmar legally live and work in Thailand, but it is estimated that millions more reside in the country illegally, receiving poor treatment at the hands of employers and Thai authorities, Mr Dulyapak said.

Ms Suu Kyi will visit thousands of Myanmar workers in the seafood center of Mahachai today, which she had visited in 2012, when she was in Thailand for the World Economic Forum.

A group of social workers and human rights activists in Thailand called upon the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and democracy icon to address the Rohingya issue properly during her visit.

Ms Suu Kyi, who insists on referring to the Rohingya as ‘people who believe in Islam’, is under pressure as there does not appear to be a clear solution as to how to deal with the Muslim minority at home, Mr Dulyapak said.

A government official said the Rohingya issue would not be on the table during the meeting between Ms Suu Kyi and Gen Prayuth.

— The Nation

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand44 mins ago

Thailand conservation adds 17 rare Indochinese tigers this year

Pattaya2 hours ago

Man falls off 4th story roof only breaking arm and chin

Thailand6 hours ago

Family finds long lost man after he is rescued from 17 metre well

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

16 new dark red provinces and restrictions extended to Aug 16

Hua Hin9 hours ago

Hua Hin Maya Club execs get 3 months for superspreader event

Myanmar11 hours ago

Thai candidate selected as ASEAN envoy to Myanmar

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Foreigners able to register on vaccine site despite data leaks, glitches

Thailand12 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: 18,027 infections, provincial totals

Thailand21 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Sunday: 18,027 infections, expat vaccine registration

Transport1 day ago

August flight plans: Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai Lion

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

New site for foreigner vaccine; Mor Prom deletes appointments

Politics1 day ago

Facebook fake news post suggesting a coup faces prosecution

Koh Samui1 day ago

UPDATED: Samui Covid-19: 14 new Black Club infections, 2nd small cluster

Thailand1 day ago

40,000 cases a day could happen by September, says projection

Phuket1 day ago

Phuket Sandbox Covid-19 infections: 35 today, 209 this week

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending