Thailand's prime minister says he suspects there were instances where
some Burmese boat people were forced out to sea by the country's
In an interview with U.S.-based Cable News
Network Thursday, Abhisit Vejjajiva says he believes "some instances"
of the forcible removal have happened, despite denials by government
officials. Mr. Abhisit says when he has solid evidence of who was
responsible for the policy, he will hold them accountable.
has been under fire since allegations surfaced that thousands of
Rohingyas fleeing Burma have been forced back out to sea, and subjected
About 20,000 Rohingyas are believed to live illegally in Thailand, and up to 230,000 in Bangladesh.
Mr. Abhisit suggests his country is overwhelmed by the numbers of Burmese boat people on its shores.
says there are attempts to let them "drift to other shores," but
insists the refugees are supplied with enough food and water.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.