Government threatens Rohingya migrants rescued from ship
Burma Times Correspondent: May 28, 2015
Burmese government have threatened Rohingyas from the rescued ship with dire consequences if they dare to speak to the media.
Sources say that the rescued Rohingyas have been told that along with their wife and children, they will be killed if they told the media that they were residents of this country.
Last Friday, the Burmese government rescued a migrant ship from their waters and told the UN and international media that all 208 passengers on board were Bangladeshis.
Local people in Hasurata and our sources have confirmed this is not the case. At least a hundred people on board, all of them Rohingyas were whisked away by authorities before the media and international organisations arrived on the scene. This was done so as to support the official line of the government that migrants are from Bangladesh.
Now the authorities have removed the Rohingyas to an undisclosed location. Some have been freed after paying around 300,000 kyats. All of them are being threatened with the murder of their entire families if they disclose the incident to the media.