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UN urges Asian states to take in migrants as boat crisis worsens

Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman seaThe UN rights and refugee chiefs and other top officials Tuesday called on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to disembark refugees stranded at sea as outrage mounted over Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis. It said the migrants should be housed in safe areas and in humane conditions, given medical care and then individually screened to determine whether they needed protection as refugees, asylum seekers, stateless people or victims of trafficking. It was signed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the head of the International Organization for Migration, William L. Swing, and Peter Sutherland, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for international migration and development.

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