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A Rohingya boy waits for a fishing boat to come in so he can make small money carrying the fish to shore on May 5, 2009 in Sittwe, Arakan state, Myanmar.
January 25th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

New wave of ethnic Muslims arrive in Thailand

Authorities in Thailand were trying Tuesday to deal with a new group of 67 members of an ethnic Muslim minority that arrived in a boat claiming that they were the victims of persecution.

The new group adds to a recent wave of Rohingya who have recently arrived in southern Thailand, claiming that they have been persecuted in Myanmar.

Their arrival could test Bangkok's international pledges to treat the Rohingya humanely, two years after Thailand faced international condemnation over secret policies of towing Rohingya back out to sea in unpowered boats with little food and water.

The group of 67 Rohingya who arrived Sunday are the second group to come ashore in the last few days. Another group of 91 Rohingya arrived Saturday.

The second group was being held at a police station in Thailand's Satun Province, authorities said.

Read the full story here of the group of Muslims who fled to Thailand.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Belief • Islam • Muslim

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Anti-Muslims fascists stealing resources and land of Muslims every where, Its time that Muslims fight back and nuke those fascists.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  2. Phokay

    CNN is a muslim organisation with full of liars. They are the one who's causing the whole world chaotic!

    June 10, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  3. chaburry

    Muslims are problem every were .The Thai authority should expel them, deport them, and prevent them from entering thailand or Thais will pay a heavy price for allowing them. Make the Muslims stay in the hell holes were they come from so that they may kill each other off and not human beings. Islam is a satanic religion.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • y.o.

      Pure ignorance that is filled with hate. I feel sorry for you truely.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  4. Jakeless

    Poor Thailand. Beset by mobs of drunk Europeans, rank punters, terrorism in their south, waves of middle eastern "businessmen," Nigerian drug gangs in downtown Bangkok, and now muslim boat people. It's sad to see a country overwhelmed like that. Paradise lost.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  5. Muneef

    Ash-Sharh sura 94:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Have We not caused thy bosom to dilate, (1) And eased thee of the burden (2) Which weighed down thy back; (3) And exalted thy fame? (4) But lo! with hardship goeth ease, (5) Lo! with hardship goeth ease; (6) So when thou art relieved, still toil (7) And strive to please thy Lord. (8)

    January 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  6. Let Us Prey

    Ah, the beauty of Muslim immigration... they'll be 'persecuted' everywhere they go. So begins the colonization of Thailand.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  7. Nonimus

    I realize that there is some heredity and ethnicity in Jewishness, but that seems to be the exception. What is an ethnic Muslim?

    January 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Marcello

      That's exactly what I was thinking! Very strange headline.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
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