He'll also visit the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar in southeast Bangladesh.
Malaysian authorities report no sign of the boat in Malaysian waters and have said that official Malaysian policy is to turn away boats of refugees unless the boat faces inclement weather. He said he assumed the boat in Thailand was the third one.
Many of those refugees are now residing in sprawling and overcrowded Bangladeshi camps that threaten to be inundated with heavy rains - potentially overwhelming sanitation facilities and leading to outbreaks of water-borne diseases - during the upcoming monsoon season, which begins in May.
"They had no connections with human trafficking syndicates", he said.
Myanmar's military has forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of Rakhine and across the border to Bangladesh since August, in a brutal crackdown which USA and United Nations officials say amounts to ethnic cleansing of the minority. No other nationals were found on the boat.
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Customary worldwide law as well as Article 9 of the global Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a state party, protects the right to liberty.
The boat had stopped at a Thai island to restock itself on Saturday. "Governments in this region need to show leadership and follow their legal obligations to protect refugees rather than send them to potential death sentences at sea".
People who claim to be Rohingya refugees eat food in Krabi province, Thailand, Sunday, April 1.
Rohingya migrants trying to travel south by boat have been rare since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, leaving thousands of migrants abandoned in open waters or jungle camps.
"The boat and its passengers will be handed over ... to the immigration authorities".
The UN Security Council has been given green lights for visits this month to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where it expects to focus on the beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority, as well as to Iraq.
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Aye is expected to meet Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, foreign ministry officials told BenarNews.
The 39-page report is noticeably silent on another major issue: how to address Nobel laureate and honorary Canadian citizen Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto political leader who has been widely criticized for not speaking out against the atrocities being committed against the Rohingya.
Addressing the conference's valedictory session as the chief guest, the prime minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi said sending the Rohingyas forcefully to Bangladesh and subsequently starting the crisis was the result of a deep and well-organized plan of Myanmar.
In February, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that at least 100,000 Rohingya huddling in squalid and low-lying refugee camps interspersed with rolling hills could be in grave danger from landslides and floods caused by monsoonal rains.
Rohingya refugees will be relocated to the places which are viable, he said.
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