On The Border


Local Thai authorities have reportedly cancelled the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s official visit to the Tham Hin refugee camp in Ratchaburi province on Saturday, according to sources close to the camp administration.

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After Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took over power of Myanmar a nationality verification process was initiated in the Rakhine State dominated by the Muslim minority community.

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The Thai government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have repeatedly insisted that the return of more than 120,000 Burmese refugees from Thailand should be voluntary.

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Myanmar will not reopen the long-closed Phaya Thonzu border crossing with Thailand before the controversial boundary is formally demarcated, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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Migrant rights groups are calling for Burma and Thailand to form an agreement that will ensure the process for Burmese migrants renewing documents is not strenuous, timely and expensive.

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Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary of India’s Home Ministry in charge of the Northeast, said Delhi was alarmed by the recent ambush of Assam Rifles soldiers.

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Myanmar is planning to open seven new border trade camps under the second short-term five-year National Comprehensive Development Plan which spans from 2016-2017 to 2020-2021.

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Putting to rest reports of a surgical strike in Myanmar against rebels from the North East after an ambush killing six Assam Rifles personnel in Manipur last month, the Army on Monday said sometimes factional fights among insurgent groups were attributed to security forces.

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More individual and large-scale returns of Burmese refugees from Thailand are expected during the dry season next year, according to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide assistance to more than 120,000 refugees on the Thai-Burma border.

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The army has admitted it is struggling to repatriate more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees along the border, and is pinning its hopes on the new government in Nay Pyi Taw being able to guarantee safety and security.

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Two weeks ago, three Arakanese women from Kyaukphyu Township in northern Arakan met in an unlikely place: Shweli, a Chinese town also known as Ruili, on the border with Burma.

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Suspected tribal militants ambushed a BSF patrol party at Heirok in Manipur’s Thoubal district along the India-Myanmar border on Thursday.
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Photographer Shin Myint Mo lives in Kengtung in eastern Shan State, part of the notorious Golden Triangle region where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet and traders from China once paid in gold for opium and its derivative, heroin. Of Shan and Karen ancestry, Shin Myint Mo holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and works for a local NGO that promotes women and children’s rights.

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The repatriation of some 120,000 refugees along the Thai-Burma border was discussed during a meeting of stakeholders last week, but an official from the United Nations’ refugee agency insists there remains no firm timetable on a large-scale return of the displaced despite talks on the matter between Burma’s new government and its Thai counterpart.
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A new government-led supervisory committee has released around 14,000 cars that had been held at Myanmar’s borders after an informal ban on vehicle imports was imposed last December.
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The head of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau will propose that the government upgrade the Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi province from a temporary border crossing to a permanent one to facilitate rapidly growing tourism and trade with Burma.
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One Rohingya died and four others were seriously injured when a landmine exploded on the Burma-Bangladesh border near Maungdaw, Arakan State on 5 April, said a victim’s close relative who wished to remain anonymous.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) in Dupalayar District is preparing three different areas in Burma for returning refugees from Thai camps. A 22-member group of officials from the Thai Noh Hpo refugee camp, Karen Refugee Committee (KRC), Thai authorities, NGOs workers, and The Border Consortium (TBC) recently met with KNU officials to discuss upcoming resettlement operations.
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Arakan State government cabinet ministers for Chin Affairs and Border Affairs took their oaths for the new government during yesterday’s (April 4) parliamentary session in Sittwe.
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Chit Lin Myaing Company will scrap its plans to develop a 5,000-tonne cement factory in Mi Kayin village with the Chinese Yunnan provincial government, announced its owner, Colonel Saw Chit Thu of the border guard force.
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