Thailand: Rights group wants probe of migrant worker shooting
May 24, Bangkok: A human rights group is demanding an investigation into the fatal shooting of an ethnic Rohingya man who was among 21 to escape from an immigration detention center in southern Thailand.
The Rohingya migrant workers escaped from the center in Phang Nga province on Monday. Police shot the man saying for self-defense when he was cornered and assaulted them. Fourteen of the escapees were still at large Tuesday.
Presenting a statement, the Bangkok-based human rights group Fortify Rights said on Tuesday that in addition to allowing an independent probe, Thailand should end the indefinite and arbitrary detention of refugees and human-trafficking survivors.
Rohingya, a stateless ethnic Muslim minority, face persecution and poor economic opportunities in Myanmar, their homeland. They're often exploited when seeking work abroad.
The Oslo Times