On The Border


Siam Cement Group (SCG) on Monday confirmed that it will proceed with plans to build a cement plant in Moulmein which it expects to open in mid-2016.
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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has announced that it will meet with the Myanmar government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) next week to discuss technical details of the peace process.

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More than two dozen migrant schools in western Thailand face closure as international donors continue to slash funding for groups on the Thai-Burma border, a local NGO has warned.

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Hundreds of Rakhine Buddhists have fled Bangladesh to neighboring Myanmar in recent months, alleging that they were persecuted for their faith and felt unsafe living in that country. (more…)

A Burmese migrant labor activist group has been honored with the International Labor Rights Award for its contribution to the labor rights movement and exposing work-related rights violations. (more…)

A little over a week ago, a young Myanmar friend of mine, let’s call him Myo, found himself hiding in some farm fields, avoiding the Thai police while being smuggled from Mae Sot to Bangkok.  Unlike many other undocumented migrants who get smuggled—and sometimes arrested—in this way, Myo had applied for a passport and work permit through Thailand’s legal registration process.  Myo’s situation thus speaks to the dysfunction of Thailand’s current migrant registration system.  But this needs some explanation. (more…)

Prachuap Khiri Khan – Singkhorn temporary checkpoint on the border with Myanmar has been upgraded and will be opened as a new permanent pass on Wednesday. (more…)

Burmese migrants, who have arrived ‘legally’ in Thailand under a bilateral agreement intended to boost labour flows between the two countries, continue to be systematically exploited and abused by their Thai employers, activists have warned.
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Thai border forces are still investigating the cause of a March 22 fire that killed 38 people and displaced over 2,000 more in the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. According to local police under the authority of Colonel Naruchit, 300 of 400 witnesses have been questioned since the blaze.
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Following the recent fire that killed 39 refugees and destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, people living in camps along the Thai Burma border are scared that their respective camps are firetraps. (more…)

There was no border clash between armed Thai men and Myanmar soldiers on Friday as reported by some media, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said on Saturday. (more…)

In an unprecedented move, Burmese state authorities made donations to a refugee camp in Thailand on Wednesday, to support ongoing relief efforts for the refugees who were caught in a deadly fire on March 22. (more…)

Thai border forces tightened security at Ban Mae Surin refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province on Sunday, where a blaze earlier in March killed 38 people and displaced more than 2,000. (more…)

Two more checkpoints will be open on the Myanmar-Thai border upon completion of the border’s demarcation, according to the Border Trade Department.
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The blaze that raged through the Mae Surin refugee camp in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district on Friday was probably an accident, National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said.

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Several hundred Burmese migrant workers at a shrimp factory in Thailand are protesting what they say is exploitation by Burmese and Thai employment agencies. (more…)

The fire that ravaged Mae Surin refugee camp on Friday was not an accident, embattled Khun Yuam district police chief Pol Col Nitinart Wittayawuthikul claimed Tuesday. (more…)

At least 42 Myanmar refugees have died in a raging fire at a camp in Thailand, officials have said. (more…)

More than 2,300 refugees who became homeless when fire destroyed their shelters in Mae Surin refugee camp, in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son Province, have received immediate assistance but need supplies to rebuild their homes. (more…)

Ma Kyi, a 30-year old widow, wonders whether she will ever be able to return home. She is among 3,600 newly displaced people staying at Basic Education High School No. 1, in the central Myanmar town of Meiktila, following deadly sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims residents last week. (more…)

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