Refugees


A week of fighting between Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) forces and Burmese Army troops has left more than 5,000 people displaced in eastern Kachin and neighboring Shan states, according to an aid group involved in relief efforts there.
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The Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO), a non-governmental human rights watchdog founded in 1995, has warned that hundreds of Chin refugee women and girls are becoming the victims of rape in the Indian city of New Delhi, with UNHCR and the Indian government failing to protect them.
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A coalition of aid and relief groups working in Kachin State issued a statement on Monday warning that more than 3,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in the southeast part of the state, which remains ongoing.
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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), who have already been displaced twice and some even trice, have to flee once again as battles rage in southern Kachin State and northern Shan State between Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Burmese Government troops.
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Displaced villagers from Thameelay in Rangoon who were provided resettlement by the Democratic Benevolent Karen Army (DKBA) in Karen State are now receiving healthcare from Dr Cynthia Maung’s Thailand-based Mae Tao Clinic.
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It has been more than 30 months since armed clashes between the Myanmar
government armed forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) forces were first
rekindled in 2011, resulting in more than 120,000 IDPs.
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LAIZA, Kachin State — “I really want to go back. But I cannot,” says the 70-year-old woman as she chops up banana skins to feed to pigs.
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Nineteen huts were razed to the ground and 31 demolished to prevent a fire from spreading at a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border on Monday night, a camp official has confirmed to DVB.
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Thai authorities said Thursday they deported about 1,300 of Rohingya boat people back to Myanmar late last year, ignoring calls from human rights groups not to send the ethnic minorities home where they face widespread discrimination.
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US official for Myanmar Judith Cefkin urges Bangladesh
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Civilians displaced by fighting in Kachin State told British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire they want to go home when he visited a refugee camp housing more than 1,000 people near Myitkyina in January 29.
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Expatriate refugees from the poverty-stricken nation of Burma have begun filtering back, partly as their country of origin has democratized and more ominously because they are feeling the heat from host countries like Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Malaysia to leave.
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The United States has wound up a special resettlement programme for Myanmar refugees in camps on the Thai-Myanmar border, the United Nations said Wednesday.
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The Rakhine State government says its budget for supporting the residents of camps holding about 130,000 people displaced by communal violence will be exhausted in a month.
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Back-to-back fires that ravaged two refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border—killing one person and affecting 900—have added to mounting pressure on the refugees to return home, amid talks on repatriating them as Burma opens up after half a century of brutal military rule.
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Thailand’s government should urgently send ethnic Rohingya children from Burma and their families to safe and open family shelters. New research documents abuses by Thai authorities, who should take action against camps in southern Thailand used for trafficking Rohingya and punish officials complicit in abuse.
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Refugees face increased hardship as funds dry up ahead of their expected repatriation
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A human rights organization said some Burmese former political prisoners in Thailand should be resettled in third countries, as they do not want to return to Burma.
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Up to 3,000 refugees from a displacement camp in Kachin state’s Mansi township have been forced to flee once again as their camp was evacuated when clashes broke out nearby between Burmese government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) on Sunday.
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Burmese refugees are among the top five nationalities to be resettled to the United States in 2013, along with Iraqis, Bhutanese, Somalis and Cubans, according to a US announcement on Tuesday.
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