On The Border

A group of children peers through a barbed-wire fence at the trucks barreling down Thailand’s Highway 105. Huddled in one of the thousands of bamboo huts that spread underneath the sheer mountains in northeastern Thailand’s Tak province, the children watch as security forces stop and search an aid vehicle at the entrance of Mae La refugee camp. Just eight kilometers from the Thai-Myanmar border, the camp is home to 44,000 refugees, most of them ethnic Karens, who escaped the decades-long civil war in Myanmar’s Karen state. (more…)

Attacks on army units by unknown assailants have raised tensions in Mon and Kayin states, say military and local sources. A series of clashes has led to restrictions on the number of people travelling to the border town of Myawaddy, they say. (more…)

Burma’s Border Guard Force (BGF) has detained five of its troops who are suspected of involvement in the killing of a Karen National Union (KNU) soldier, whose dead, handcuffed body was found in the Moei River in the Karen State border town of Myawaddy on Sept 21. (more…)

An order from the Burma Army banning Karen armed groups from wearing uniforms and carrying weapons has received a negative response from the militant groups. (more…)

Teknaf, Bangladesh: 16 Rohingyas were arrested by BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) officers and sent back to Burma on September 16th, according to Hafez Mohamed Khasim from Teknaf. (more…)

Five residential areas of Tachilek, on the border between Shan State and northern Thailand, were devastated by floods on Wednesday evening. Heavy rains caused nearby mountain streams to overflow and sweep through low-lying towns. (more…)

Tensions continue to rise in Karen State’s Myawadday after a local Burma Army commander reportedly ordered some armed Karen rebel groups not to carry weapons or wear uniforms in the Burma-Thai border town. (more…)

Two bombs in two days have been discovered in eastern Burma’s Myawaddy Township, with the second explosive device uncovered on Tuesday morning in the busy trading hub on the Thai-Burma border. (more…)

A time-bomb was found near the Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge at around 6:30am on Sep 15 in the Myanmar border town of Myawady and authorities managed to defuse it in an hour, according to officials. (more…)

The effort to implement a citizenship screening process in Rakhine State has been temporarily suspended because members of the Kaman ethnic minority in Sittwe district’s Myebon Township are refusing to participate in it, officials said. (more…)

As part of ensuring development of the country’s southeast, plans are under way to draft long-term projects for all-round development of states and to provide assistance to IDPs, according to Sein Kyaw Hlaing, an adviser from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project team for multi-sector development in Kayin and Mon states.  (more…)

Thailand is expected to post a border-trade surplus with Myanmar within two years as that country welcomes flows of trade and investment, and its growing economy leads to greater purchasing power.

The Karen National Union’s, secretary 1, Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Bweh told Karen News that unless the situation in Burma guarantees refugees safety, their dignity and is conducted according to international humanitarian guidelines any return at the moment is not appropriate.

Community health workers in the Thai border town of Mae Sot have developed a health education campaign under the banner of Stop Dengue – Protect Your Family! Health workers said that the aim of the campaign is to combat the spread of the mosquito borne infection among the region’s migrant workers.

Two weeks ago, Kyi Htay sneaked back into Mae La refugee camp in the dead of night. Working as a medic in southeastern Burma’s Karen State — and registered as a refugee in the camp for more than 20 years – the 45-year-old has made this journey dozens of times.

A shift in funding priorities by donor organisations is affecting the work of the famous Mae Tao Clinic, says its founder, Dr Cynthia Maung.

In eastern Myanmar, just a stone’s throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice.

Refugees from Burma residing in Thai border camps are concerned about the lack of transparency and proper procedures by Thai authorities regarding repatriation, in light of a recent census poll being conducted in the camps.

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar refugees who have been living in Thailand for many years.

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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