An international case accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority returns to the United Nations' highest court Monday.
More than 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State since August 25 last year.
Some 700,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar since August to escape a bloody military crackdown.
The vessel carrying 56 people was intercepted by Malaysian maritime authorities near the northwestern island of Langkawi, said navy chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.
Eight Rohingyas, including two women and four children, who were arrested in Khayerpur area on Wednesday said they reached Tripura in search of jobs.
Tillerson's visit comes as global outrage builds over an army clampdown that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the mainly Buddhist country since late August.
Myanmar's government does not allow independent journalists to travel freely to the parts of Rakhine state where most of the latest violence has taken place.
Top US official Simon Henshaw led a US delegation to Bangladesh, from October 29 to November 4, during which the team also visited the refugee camps near Cox's Bazar.
In a unanimous statement backed by China, UN Security Council strongly condemned the violence that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh.
The US wants a diplomatic solution to the Rohingya crisis but is not ruling out sanctions to pressure Myanmar if needed.
The minister, known for his controversial remarks, today said Pakistan should take away Rohingyas as Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar is fond of them.
Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis, says Myanmar ready to verify refugee status 'at any time'
While expressing her sorrow for "all" groups displaced by violence, she said her country stood ready "at any time" to take back refugees subject to a "verification" process.
The Centre told the Supreme Court that the continuous stay of Rohingya Muslims has serious security ramifications, adding a frantic edge to the worries of the thousands who fled their homes.
The Centre today told the apex court that the Rohingya Muslims were "illegal" immigrants in the country and that their continuous stay posed "serious national security ramifications".
The call from Human Rights Watch came as the UN General Assembly prepared to convene in New York, with the ongoing crisis in Myanmar billed as one of most pressing topics.