Refugees


Local prison authorities in Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township say more than 100 “Bengalis” were released this week after serving the duration of their sentences in connection with violence between Buddhists and Muslims that wracked the state in 2012.
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More than 500 boat people arrested in Phyarpon district who are now at the 37th milepost on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh will be repatriated to Bangladesh this week, said U Khin Soe, head of the Immigration department in Rakhine state, adding that the department had received authorisation from Bangladesh to allow the boat people to enter Bangladesh.
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The story of a family from western Myanmar that was torn apart during a regional migration crisis, published in The New York Times on Monday, has elicited an outpouring of response from readers who want to help them and other members of the Rohingya ethnic group.
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Heavy monsoon rains in the Teknaf region of Bangladesh have caused widespread destruction and misery for thousands of Rohingyas in Leda and Kutupalong makeshift camps who are also facing food shortages, according to Salim, a Leda Camp refugee leader.
The Leda makeshift camp has 13,000 refugees and about 50,000 refugees live in Kutupalong makeshift camp.
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The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Myanmar titled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” on Friday.
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As opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way across Myanmar, campaigning for her party ahead of this fall’s national election, she is noticeably skipping at least one state: Rakhine, home to the Rohingya Muslims at the center of Southeast Asia’s refugee crisis.
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Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border are to be given vocational training in an effort to increase the number of refugees willing to return to their home country.
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A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse a key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.
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All he did was ask to go home.

The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.
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The controversy over the exodus of tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants in rickety vessels has exposed chinks in the armor of regional maritime security forces.
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The UN refugee agency has completed its roll-out of a cutting-edge system to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand’s nine border camps.
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The Bangladesh government has proposed moving 32,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island that swamps at high tide according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 June.
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An Indonesian community affected by the Southeast Asian boat people crisis has petitioned its government to take more action in solving the problems faced by Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya community according to a report by the Anadolu Agency on 29 June.
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Nine illegals from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are suspected to be involved in human trafficking cases were detained in Kedah, yesterday.
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The second batch of 30 remains of human trafficking victims, believed to be Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, found at Bukit Wang Burma, Wang Kelian last month, were buried at a cemetery in Kampung Tualang today.
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Thousands of asylum seekers and refugees who have survived the life-threatening journey from Myanmar find themselves trapped in a new cycle of poverty and ignorance in Malaysia.
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The Thai Government must drop criminal charges against two journalists from the online news outlet Phuketwan who are about to go on trial on 14 July 2015 for writing about the trafficking of the Rohingya, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today, 29 June.
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Myanmar is pursuing a narrative that rests on dubious evidence.

The firebrand Buddhist monk, U Wirathu, frequently remarks that Islam poses an existential threat to Myanmar. A central tenet of this argument is the citation of one Muslim militant organization, the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO). The RSO is often accused of being responsible for coordinated attacks against the Myanmar Defense Services, as well having international links to terrorist organizations that seek to promote jihad in Myanmar. Indeed, these organizations have claimed they are supporting local resistance groups and exporting jihad to Myanmar’s shores. This policy brief questions the credibility of the narrative that the Rohingya pose an extremist Islamic threat, arguing that attention should be focused instead on resolving the plight of the Rohingya and attenuating their grievances.
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Representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met Karen community based organisations (CBOs) on 23 June to discuss refugee repatriation issues.
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In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the International Non-Government Organisation, PU-AMI, outlined its plans to protect refugees on the Thai Burma border against outbreaks of the Dengue virus. PU-AMI, together with Thai health officials, community based groups and other international aid agencies, have put together a public health campaign to try to prevent dengue and to increase awareness among refugees on how to protect themselves against the virus.
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