Thai Official Not Happy With Jolie's Visit
Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:00 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A Thai government official is criticizing Angelina Jolie for speaking out on behalf of Muslim refugees from Myanmar.
Angelina called for better treatment of the refugees, known as the Rohingya, during a visit to Thailand last week.
Thailand's military has recently been accused of detaining and beating hundreds of Rohingya who fled abuse and poverty in Myanmar, before towing them back out to sea in tiny boats with little food and water, according to the Associated Press.
The permanent secretary of the Thai foreign ministry says the UNHCR should not have brought Jolie, the organization's goodwill ambassador, to the camps.
The UNHCR wouldn't comment on the official's rebuke, but issued the following statement.
"Angelina Jolie was extremely touched by the plight of the Rohingya people. She expressed the hope that the human rights of the Rohingya people will be respected just as the human rights of everyone in the world should be respected."