HUMAN TRAFFICKING (ROHINGYA)

Written by Siti Murni

Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation.

Local Media: The Star

The Star is an English-language, tabloid-format newspaper in Malaysia. It is the largest paid for English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.It has a daily circulation of about 250,000.

International Media: The Guardian

The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper, known until 1959 as the Manchester Guardian. The Guardian is edited by Katharine Viner, who succeeded Alan Rusbridger in 2015.

Propaganda of the Event 

 

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Human trafficking has caused the number of suicides or deaths is increasing. According to The Guardian, the police had found the body in the Thai border who are suspected victims of human trafficking. There is the fact that excessive when a fisherman said he saw 13 dead. It is apparent illogical, as if he had witnessed the incident, why he had not reported to the authorities. In addition, there are conflicting info as the Malaysian police discovered the bodies of 24 people, but the fishing was only witnessed 13 deaths. It was not immediately clear if the body found when people Rohingya ethnic minority group in Myanmar, whose members have fled widespread persecution in that country.

Meanwhile according to other news, which is Awani News, Two Rohingya man was sentenced today to three years’ jail by the High Court here today after he pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling a migrant Myanmar to Malaysia last year. Judicial Commissioner Abu Bakar Katar ordered the sentence from the date they were captured by the General Operations Force on May 2. He said that during his stay at the camp between August 2014 to March 10, 2015, he saw a migrant died from illness or beaten. They, however, were arrested in the early morning the next day by police in Kampung Guar Musang, Padang Besar current local agents in two cars to Alor Setar. In his judgment, Abu Bakar said that the smuggling of migrants attracted worldwide attention.

Malaysia has detained 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves. The migrants are mainly Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar – also known as Burma – or economic migrants from Bangladesh. They had earlier thought the graves each held multiple bodies, but Mr Wan Junaidi said it was “one person, one grave. Reports in Malaysian media questioned whether officials on both sides of the border were complicit. Thai police uncovered similar abandoned camps on the Thai side of the border earlier in May. It triggered a crackdown on human trafficking that appears to have led traffickers to abandon their human cargo on boats in the water off Thailand. The boats, crammed with hundreds of starving migrants, started coming ashore in Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

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Asia’s migrant crisis

  • Rohingya Muslims mainly live in Myanmar, where they have faced decades of persecution.
  • Rights groups say migrants feel they have “no choice” but to leave, paying people smugglers to help them.
  • The UN estimates more than 120,000 Rohingyas have fled in the past three years.
  • Traffickers usually take the migrants by sea to Thailand then overland to Malaysia.
  • But Thailand recently began cracking down on the migrant routes, meaning traffickers are using sea routes instead often abandoning the boats once at sea.

Chronology of the Event

In the year of 2005: Co-author of the book “Influx Viruses”, Aye Chan of a pro-military government, Mogh / Rakhine State, Rohingyas have been degraded as a dangerous enemy that must be eliminated from the face of the earth. Then, in the year of 2009: The increase in the number of Rohingya boat people at sea: “In the refugee camps in Bangladesh, which has long ceased to accept people, the Rohingya are now looking for a way to Thailand and then travelled overland to Malaysia, and Indonesia. Thai army has been accused of seizing hundreds of refugees, towing them out to sea and “leave them to die” without engine and almost nothing for food or water”. Moreover, in the year of 2014: Ethnic Kachin rebels in the north. Besides that, in the year of 2015: The government temporarily withdraw voting rights of Rohingya Muslims by the proposed constitutional referendum, following the street protests by Buddhists.

Evidence of the Event

Cases of human trafficking around the country actually affected countries, such as Thailand. This can be seen when Thailand began to take precautions to keep improving relations between countries but it riled. This case also proven with a route determined in human trafficking. On 14 February 2016, 14 victims of human trafficking were found in Wang Kelian, Perlis, last May, was buried at the Muslim cemetery in Kampung Tualang, Pokok Sena on Sunday. Chief Coordinator of Funeral Funeral Rohingya, Kedah Islamic Council, Sheikh Fakhrurazzi Yub informed, all the remains of the man buried in one grave about 10 am and finished about an hour later. This proves the Rohingya issue still continues until now.

A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for a senior army officer accused of being involved in the trafficking of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. The warrant is part of efforts to close down smuggling routes through Thailand.On a purely human level, there are currently about 800,000 people in western Myanmar, denied the most basic of rights and discriminated against due to the circumstances of their birth. From a simple human rights perspective it’s a continuing outrage that should shame us all.Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh have previously been detained in camps in southern Thailand before being sent to Malaysia. The warrant against the general was issued by a court on Sunday, police chief Somyot Poompanmoung was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

 

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