UN rights chief says Asian countries risking migrant deaths (dpa German Press Agency)

Geneva (dpa) – The policy of pushing migrant boats back out to sea, as undertaken by Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, is putting the lives of migrants at serious risk, UN rights chief Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says.

Such practices “will inevitably lead to many avoidable deaths,” the UN high commissioner for human rights says, calling them “incomprehensible and inhumane.”

Zeid says the Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants need protection, and he adds that “just because they have taken to boats, does not mean they forfeit the human rights afforded to every human being under international law.”

Some 920 mostly people from the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar died in the Bay of Bengal between September and March, according to the UN rights chief’s office.