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    Graves With Remains of People Buried Alive, One Survivor Found in Thailand

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    At least 30 graves with remains of people buried alive and a lone survivor were discovered in southern Thailand, notorious for being a human trafficking center, CNN reported Saturday, citing Thai authorities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Human Rights Watch advocacy group, those detected in the graves are Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar or Bangladesh. The watchdog said in a statement that they "starved to death or died of disease while being held by traffickers who were awaiting payment of ransoms."

    "We think there may be between 30-40 graves. The detention camp is situated on the Thai side near the Malaysian border," CNN quoted Thai police spokesman Lt. General Prawut Thavornsiri as saying.

    According to Thavornsiri, the survivor who had been found among the remains of other people buried alive was "very sick." Despite police did not speak to him, and his nationality has not been identified yet, police consider he is Burmese.

    Human Rights Watch also claimed the bodies had been found in the Sadao district of Songkhla provice in Thailand.

    The region is known to be a center of human trafficking, with people coming from Myanmar often being victims of such criminal activities.


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