The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should take action to address root causes in Myanmar and provide support to countries in the region providing shelter to refugees, Fortify Rights said.
Almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in southern Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents in August that the United States and UN have called ethnic cleansing.
"Generally all 56 passengers, mostly children and women, are safe but exhausted and hungry", Malaysian navy chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin told Reuters.
David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada said hundreds of thousands of children are at risk and they must be educated because "educating children in times of crises is key to helping them contribute to peace".
In Bangkok on Monday, human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights urged Thailand and Malaysia to provide protection for Rohingya refugees in accordance with worldwide law and standards.
"It [the boat] was sent to Malaysia after it was repaired and its crew was supplied with food and fuel", a Thai official told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, on condition of anonymity.
A boat loaded with almost 400 Myanmar Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees was pushed away repeatedly from Thailand in May 2015 before being rescued by fisherman in Sumatra, Indonesia.
A Rohingya refugee boy carries water in the Kutupalong refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh March 22, 2018.
In May 2015, human traffickers abandoned boats carrying thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi survivors of trafficking after Thailand and Malaysia reinforced their borders and refused to allow the boats to make port, resulting in an untold number of deaths, according to Fortify Rights.
Aye is expected to meet Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, foreign ministry officials told BenarNews.
Thai authorities push Rohingya refugees back out to sea, putting lives at risk (BANGKOK, April 2, 2018) - The governments of Thailand and Malaysia should cooperate to provide protection to Rohingya refugees in accordance with worldwide law and standards, Fortify Rights said today. But most people in majority-Buddhist Myanmar consider them to be unwanted Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh.
Around 400 families have already been relocated from low-lying areas and the UNHCR has begun engineering work to protect refugee camps from the region's intense monsoon season and tropical cyclones.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Pol Gen Chakthip said he believed Thailand serves as a link to third countries for fleeing Rohingya.
The report also suggests the federal government could target more of Myanmar's military leaders under its new Magnitsky Act that seeks to isolate human rights abusers by freezing assets and blocking travel.