Afghan refugees stand on a road after their arrival on a dinghy, with other refugees and migrants, from Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
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Southeast Asian countries were urged on Tuesday to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of this year's disaster in which hundreds of refugees were either lost at sea or died in jungle camps.Southeast Asian nations agreed to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded at sea following last year's crisis that saw more than 4,000 migrants land in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh following a Thai crackdown on people-smuggling gangs.Many of them are members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority who live in apartheid-like conditions in the country's Rakhine state, paying smugglers to board rickety boats to sail across to Malaysia.A clamp-down by Thai police on human trafficking gangs triggered the regional crisis earlier this year.
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