23 Dec '12, 7pm

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore

After being adrift at sea for more than 30 hours, 40 Rohingya refugees were rescued by a Vietnamese ship, MV Nosco Victory, last December 5. A few days after, the ship reached Singapore but the government refused entry to the Rohingya survivors. Singapore netizens and human rights groups reacted strongly to the decision of authorities to send away the refugees. Maruah reminds the government to treat distressed people humanely: Government ministers have touched on values emerging as a major strand in the Our Singapore Conversation; what then is the value being espoused by the Singapore Government, when it implicitly advocates that the Rohingya should have been left at sea? How would we want ships to treat Singaporeans stranded at sea? Singaporeans have clearly articulated a desire for Singapore to become a more humane and compassionate society. The way that we treat distres...

Full article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/23/rohingya-refugee...

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