4 YEAR OLD GIRL REPEATEDLY RAPED BY THAI TEENAGE BOYS – A Rohingya mother was recently released from prison in Thailand after serving a sentence for drug abuse.
During her imprisonment her 4 year old daughter was held at a juvenile detention centre. On release the Rohingya mother applied to the centre to return her daughter and on her return the daughter told her mother that she had been repeatedly raped on a daily basis by a number of Thai boys in the detention centre.
The incident has lead the Thai Government to look at segregating boys and girls at detention centres but some are arguing this will further drive families apart.
Currently Rohingya refugees are split into groups with men being detained at immigration detention centres or police prisons whilst their wives and children, both boys and girls, are held at family detention centres.
The result of the Thai authorities’ intervention will now see children being split up into sexes which would tear families apart even further.
The decision made in Bangkok will effectively mean that no boy at the age of 12 and over would be allowed to be detained in a family centre along with girls.
The rape certainly has Thai officials deeply concerned and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is radically altering the rules in order to prevent a further incident of this nature.
Thai officials are refusing to release any information on the boys that raped the 4 year old due to them being underage and therefore unable to face prosecution for their actions.
Media reports surrounding this case have been given very little to go on accept that Thai officials have acknowledged the rape took place and that new rules are being set out in order to segregate the sexes.
With the plight of the Rohingya continuing to get worldwide coverage the Thai authorities still appear to be failing in the Human Rights obligations with continued reports of human rights abuses ranging from rape, torture and human trafficking.
Earlier in the year the Thai Government placed a ‘self-imposed’ time limit of six months in order to process the near 2,000 Rohingya refugees it currently detains. However, the time limit has been extended for a further six months due to difficulties in the process system and investigations into alleged human rights atrocities.
There have been reports of a number of Rohingya that have fled detention centres due to abuse by their captors. This has left them extremely vulnerable to human traffickers.
Both the Thai military and police have continuously declined to investigate allegations that some ‘rogue officers’ are directly responsible for trafficking Rohingay where many end up as little more than slaves or are forced into prostitution by their Thai masters.