On The Border


The government is to open new checkpoints along twelve known smuggling routes from border areas, after the disbandment of multi-departmental mobile task forces in December was blamed for an increase in overland smuggling.

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About 10 years ago, Ko Aung Kyaw Oo* hopped on a motorbike taxi in the Chinese border town of Ruili. A few minutes later he was dropped off in Muse, on the Myanmar side. Now in his 40s, he has never returned to China, nor does he want to.

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Service centers for Burmese refugees who wish to return home will soon be opened in the camps along the Thai-Burma border—a sudden development that has alarmed refugees and camp leaders.

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Could the issue of citizenship documents to Kokang residents in Shan State open the back door to infiltration from China? That appeared to be the implication floated by Myanmar’s immigration minister yesterday when he spoke to MPs of the progress of regularising citizenship in the self-administered zone.

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Service centers providing support for Burmese refugees returning home voluntarily are to be established in all nine Burmese refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border later this month.

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Stakeholders including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and community-based organizations (CBOs) discussed preparations for refugee repatriation in the Mae La camp on the Thai-Burma border.

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A collective of humanitarian agencies, The Border Consortium (TBC), will introduce a new system of food provision, using electronic cards, at the end of this month for Burmese refugees living on Thai-Burma border.

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40 border based civil society organisations (CSOs) have sent an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi calling for the restoration of their original Myanmar citizenship and to let them participate in the transition to a federal democratic country.

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Taking the cue from India, Bangladesh has decided to fence its borders with Myanmar using barbed wires to prevent terrorist infiltration and smuggling of goods.

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Due to heavy rains in northern Shan State and increased scrutiny from Chinese officials, Burmese traders who typically sell unsanctioned goods in China have been stuck in the border town of Muse, unable to offload their products, sources said.

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India has asked Myanmar to act against four top leaders of the Sagaing-based National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), including its chief S.S. Khaplang, accused of the ambush on an army convoy in Manipur in June last year in which 18 soldiers were killed, TheHindu reported on 28 July.

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In an effort to negotiate a peace deal between the ethnic-based insurgent groups of Myanmar and the Myanmar government, former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga left for Bangkok on Monday to meet representatives of 16 such militant groups.

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The Ministry of Border Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly hosted a consultation workshop on a strategic operation plan for the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on 6 July, state media reported.

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Thai and Burmese authorities will begin checking documents of Burmese nationals displaced by war who are residing in Thailand to pave the way for their repatriation.

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Myanmar’s government will send a delegation to Thailand to carry out a citizenship verification process so that 196 people living in the refugee camps along the border can be retaken as they have expressed their willingness to return home, according to a news statement released by the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to set up a committee to examine related documents in preparation for the repatriation of war refugees residing on the Thai side of their common border.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to renew negotiations over disputed border demarcations, which had stalled under Burma’s previous government.

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Refugees at Mae La, the largest Burmese refugee camp in Thailand, have urged the Thai and Burmese governments not to forcibly send refugees on the Thai side of the Thai-Burma border to Burma.

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Burma’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has told Burmese migrant workers in Thailand they would be protected under new agreements signed between the two countries.

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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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