Refugees


Burma should be given more time to prepare to take back refugees, said Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a former commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army.

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On the occasion of your visit to Thailand during June 23-25, we, the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons – composed of academic institutions and civil society organisations in Thailand dedicated to providing support to refugees and stateless people, and researching the issue of migration into Thailand, particularly the Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh – would like to make the following recommendations to Her Excellency as the state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar:

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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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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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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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Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said.

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The Arakan State Hluttaw (parliament) on 11 May unanimously approved a proposal to provide urgent assistance to refugees from war in Arakan State proposed by U Kyaw Lwin the Kyaukphyu Constituency MP.

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Chinese border authorities have ordered Kokang refugees back to Burma, threatening to deport those who resist the directive, according to sources on both sides of the border.
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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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Hundreds of Buddhist nationalists staged a protest in front of the United States Embassy in Yangon on Thursday afternoon, to oppose the embassy’s use of the word “Rohingya” to refer to the stateless Muslims in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
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Authorities in Arakan State have imposed new restrictions on the Rohingya minority’s access to medical treatment in Rangoon, after local sources reported that many patients did not return to the region after traveling to hospitals in the commercial capital.
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The Honorable Mr Scot A Marciel
Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States
Embassy of the United States
Yangon
28th April 2016

Dear Mr Ambassador:

First of all, we wish happiness, good health and peace to HE Mr Scot Marciel and all our beloved American citizens. Please could you please kindly let us mention some unhappiness of Myanmar people concerning the case of American Pressure to accep illegal immigrants?

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Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will raise the Rohingya issue with his Myanmar counterpart in a bilateral meeting in Moscow this month.
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A total of 314 villagers have taken refuge in Si Taung Village (also known as Taung Maw Village) in Buthidaung Township, Arakan State after Burma Army artillery shells fell on their villages.
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At least 21 people including nine children died after a boat capsized in rough waters off the coast of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said.
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A U.S. government commission called on the Myanmar government on Thursday to end rights abuses against the country’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority group, hoping that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will sort out a better deal for them under the new government.

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Authorities in Thailand’s Ratchaburi Province have helped 17 migrant factory workers from Burma who are victims of human trafficking.
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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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Soe was barely 18 years old. He sat innocently beside me, dressed in a blue Burmese longyi, on the floor in a temple in Thailand’s Samut Sakhon Province. He possessed just a few bags of basic items consisting of clothing and property. (more…)

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