Thai PM admits Rohingya set adrift  
Thailand's prime minister has admitted that some Rohingya migrants 
have been pushed back out to sea after they were intercepted by Thai 

In an interview with CNN Abhisit Vejjajiva said he believed there 
were "some instances" in which boatloads of migrants arriving on Thai 
shores were pushed back, but he was not clear who had approved the 

"All the authorities say it's not their policy, but I have reason to 
believe some instances of this happened," he told the US news network.

"If I can have the evidence as to who exactly did this I will 
certainly bring them to account."

Thailand has faced international condemnation following statements 
from Rohingya migrants claiming abuse at the hands of Thai 
authorities before being set adrift far out to sea.

Abhisit did not make any comment on the claims of severe beatings 
many migrants said they had received from the Thai military.

Human rights groups have accused the Thai armed forces of running a 
systematic campaign of abuse against Rohingya migrants, forcing them 
back to sea in boats without engines.
Rights groups say hundreds may have died after being set adrift.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group from north-eastern Myanmar.

They are not recognised as citizens by Myanmar's military government, 
and many complain of brutal treatment at the hands of Myanmar 

Recent weeks have seen several boatloads of Rohingya migrants found 
drifting off India's Andaman islands and the coast of northern 
Indonesia, often after weeks at sea without food or drinking water.

Last week a group of about 200 migrants were found drifting by 
Indonesian fishermen off the coast of Aceh province.

Many had injuries from severe beatings they said were inflicted by 
Thai soldiers.

On Thursday Thailand's foreign minister arrived in Jakarta for 
meetings with his Indonesian counterpart at which the fate of the 
Rohingya refugees will be discussed.

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