Two Rohingya Refugees Die in Thai Detention

Rohingya migrants in a prison truck as they are transported to a detention facility in Ranong, Thailand, 29 January 2009. A Rohingya woman died after being found in a convoy containing nearly 100 people being smuggled into Thailand, police said Monday. EPA/STR

BANGKOK (DPA) — Two Rohingya men from Myanmar died in police custody in Thailand, authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

One man died from dehydration and another from an infection, police captain Suwit Nuansoong said. 

The victims were among 98 ethnic Rohingya refugees crammed into the back of five pickup trucks stopped by police early Monday in the southern province of Nakhon Sri Thammarat.


A woman was found crushed to death at the scene, while the rest of the group was detained.


Rohingya refugees often make their way to Thailand to escape sectarian violence in western Myanmar or to search for work.

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