Connect with us

Thailand

Thai government denies Burmese refugees are being pushed back over the border

Published

 on 

PHOTO: "Thailand border guards are erecting razor wire fence and forcing refugees back to Myanmar." - Facebook / Aung Moe

The Thai government has denied media reports that Burmese refugees fleeing the conflict in Myanmar are being pushed back over the border. Tanee Sangrat from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that news reports claiming some Karen villagers who arrived in Thailand had been forced to return to Myanmar are false.

“Those reports cite information solely from non-official sources without confirming the facts from official sources on the ground which affirmed that no such pushback took place.”

Violence in Myanmar has escalated since the military coup of February 1, which ousted the democratically-elected civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. At least 400 people have been killed so far. Over the weekend, the Burmese army launched air strikes on a Karen village, causing thousands of ethnic villagers to flee into the forest, before crossing the border into Thailand.

The Karen National Union has led an uprising against the military coup, allegedly attacking military posts in the state, which it’s believed led the army to retaliate with air strikes. Tanee says the Thai government continues to monitor the situation, pointing out that Thailand has a history of helping refugees from neighbouring countries.

“Thailand has experienced various influxes of people from its neighboring countries for a variety of reasons over many years. In the past, we have always assisted groups fleeing fighting and unrest based on our humanitarian tradition and internationally accepted principles.”

Thai PBS World reports that, according to Tanee, the relevant government agencies have made adequate preparations in the event of an influx of Burmese migrants, including holding areas in which to accommodate them. He adds that those already on the Thai side of the border are being looked after and that measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are already in place.

“It should also be noted that Covid-19 prevention measures have already been in place in the border areas for quite some time.”

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Chiang Mai49 mins ago

Chiang Mai farmers ordered not to move pigs to prevent African Swine Fever spread

Thailand1 hour ago

Truck overturns carrying 2,560 crates of beer in central Thailand

Tourism2 hours ago

Bangkok’s most famous gruesome museum

Sponsored1 day ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Thailand2 hours ago

Driver surrenders to police after hit-and-run in Pattaya

Tourism2 hours ago

Thai immigration reports over 900,000 tourists in Phuket since May

Coronavirus World2 hours ago

UK summons Chinese ambassador after BBC journalist arrested covering Covid protests

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Qatar officials insist camel beauty contestants are cosmetic surgery free

Press Room3 hours ago

Blue Tree FREE DJ Warm-up Weekend to be held on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of December

World3 hours ago

Iranian Kurdish footballer released from jail

Hot News3 hours ago

Stock market share trades to be taxed in Thailand after being exempt for past 30 years

Press Room3 hours ago

CBD nutraceuticals market emerging in Thailand and globally

Thailand3 hours ago

Angry Thai man condemns foreigner for not wearing a mask on BTS | GMT

Crime3 hours ago

Police seize 400 million baht in assets from shady group of Chinese businessmen

Singapore4 hours ago

Singapore decriminalises sex between men while halting legalisation of same-sex marriage

Thailand18 hours ago

Unhinged gunman fires 18 shots into school because kids were too noisy

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending