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Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has given an assurance that human rights principles will be upheld when the time comes to repatriate tens of thousands of Myanmar from refugee camps, the Bangkok Post reported on July 27.
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Thousands of Burmese at the Ei Htu Hta refugee camp in eastern Burma are struggling to feed themselves as monthly food supplies from non-governmental organizations have been interrupted by Thai authorities, according to an aid worker.
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A three-day ASEAN senior economic officials meeting is underway in Yangon to make preparations for an ASEAN economic ministers meeting scheduled for August, meeting sources said Sunday.
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Thai soldiers launched a headcount of refugees here, as authorities restricted movement in and out of this sprawling camp near the Burmese border, raising fears among refugees that they would soon be forcefully repatriated to Myanmar.
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Thailand’s 3rd Army commander will discuss preparations to repatriate refugees from nine camps along the Thai border during a summit on 1 to 3 August with Burmese officials.
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General Prayuth said Myanmar and Thailand would ensure a smooth return for refugees [Reuters]
A human rights group has said it is concerned for the safety of 130,000 refugees from Myanmar, following a crackdown by the military government that led to hundreds of thousands of Camodians fleeing the country.
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Burma Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing is the “adopted son” of Thailand’s former army chief and adviser to the Thai King, according to a report from the Singapore-based Straits Times.
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Thailand is spending 300 million baht to promote and develop trade at five border checkpoints bordering Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.
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Burmese refugees have criticized the Thai junta’s plan to send them home within the next year, saying they have been left in the dark about the repatriation process and are not yet ready to return.
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Myanmar has agreed in-principle to participate in joint military exercises with Thailand, a senior Thai armed forces official said on July 13.
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Thailand’s military government is to deport 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps along the border with Burma (Myanmar) for more than two decades, a move rights groups say would create chaos at a tense time for both countries.
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Four Burmese workers have been killed by unknown attackers over the past 10 days in Malaysia, according to an NGO providing the funeral services.
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Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has defended the need for the NCPO to stay on after an interim government is formed, and has disclosed plans to send back refugees from Myanmar.
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Thai police say they have found 13 Rohingya from neighboring Myanmar (also known as Burma) being held for ransom at a palm plantation.
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At first blush, Myanmar, hardly a naval power and not exactly a major diplomatic heavyweight, would seem an odd place for China to seek relief from its headaches in the South China Sea.
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As the Thai junta reforms its labor policy and cracks down on illegal migrant workers, Burmese migrants in the construction and fishing industries, including those with legal rights to work in the country, are reporting mistreatment by their employers and the police.
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It started with a nameless phone number passed around until it got to Ngwe Htay, a Mon State native who lived on a farm until an electrical fire wiped it away in a quick sweep of misfortune.
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Thonburi Hospital Group (THG), owned and chaired by property tycoon Boon Vanasin, plans to expand its presence aggressively in Burma by investing 5 billion baht (US$165 million) over five years to build three hospitals and clinics nationwide.
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Anti-human trafficking police have arrested a Burmese man for forcing children from Burma to sell flowers to tourists on Khao San Road in Bangkok.
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A heavy crackdown on undocumented migrants in Thailand has so far mostly targeted Cambodian workers, although there have been frequent reports of arrests of Burmese workers, according to organizations working with Burmese migrants in Thailand.
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