Rappler Talk: Human Rights Watch on Duterte and Rohingya


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Rappler Talk: Human Rights Watch on Duterte and Rohingya
Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Phelim Kine discusses the Rohingya refugees and the Davao summary killings

A 3-year old Rohingya girl from Myanmar dies after being rescued from a sinking vessel off Indonesia’s western Aceh province. 

“Her body was already stiff, her hands clenching into fists,” a nurse said after the girl is rescued. 

Her death is the latest tragic tale from a migrant crisis that has seen more than 3,500 boat people arrive in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia in the past two weeks (READ: FAST FACTS: Who are the Rohingya?). 

The Human Rights Watch accuses the ASEAN member states of subjecting close to 8,000 boat people, who have suffered months-long starvation and distress, to a game of “human ping pong.”

Rappler talks to Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia, about the plight and future of the Rohingya people.

Rappler also discusses with Kine another controversial human rights issue in the Philippines: summary killings in Davao City. 

The human rights group urges the Philippine government to investigate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s role in the death squads that allegedly killed more than a thousand since the 1990’s (READ: Investigate Duterte’s role in death squads – HRW). – Rappler.com

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