Refugees


Persecution of the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar government amounts to genocide, according to field research from the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), based at Queen Mary University of London, according to a press release issued on 16 May 2015. (more…)

Just days after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar in 2008, Surin Pitsuwan, then secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), swiftly called on its member states to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the survivors.
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For hundreds of migrants stranded at sea in sinking boats, the first helping hand came not from governments but from fishermen who towed them to safety. The desperation of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh has not compelled neighboring countries to take them in, but has inspired compassion – and pleas for help – from ordinary people across Southeast Asia.
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The Burmese government on Monday met with foreign diplomats to address the ongoing crisis of human trafficking along the country’s western coast, vowing to collaborate with regional governments to combat trafficking while denying that a recent exodus was caused by conflict and discrimination in the country.
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The Indonesian navy prevented a suspected migrant boat from entering the country’s waters at the weekend after the arrival of hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshis, and has stepped up patrols in the area, the military said on Monday. (more…)

US President Barack Obama has renewed his authority to maintain sanctions on Myanmar for another year, as international alarm increases over the Rohingya-Bengali migrant crisis, according to US media.
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As every crisis unfolds, the true nature of its players is inevitably revealed in the choices made and the actions taken. A large number of people fleeing Burma and Bangladesh to Southeast Asia presents governments and people of the region with an intricately complex problem, but we must choose to take responsible actions that will shape the legacies of this generation of leaders.
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International pressure to address a humanitarian crisis in Thailand has exposed another one in Myanmar. Now the world — and especially Southeast Asia — has no choice but to deal with both of them together.
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Thousands of Rohingya refugees from Burma lie starving in boats off the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Dehydrated and desperate, they are forced to drink their own urine in sight of countries which should be offering them sanctuary.
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Burma’s deputy foreign minister Thant Kyaw told Voice of America (Burmese Service) on Thursday that the government was not prepared to discuss the flood of migrants from Bangladesh and Burma’s Arakan State if it was framed as a Rohingya issue.
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Because the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) has started a campaigning tour in Karenni State before receiving official government permission villagers are worried that the Burma Army will attack them in their villages.
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A wooden fishing boat carrying hundreds of desperate migrants from Myanmar moved farther out to sea on Friday after the Thai authorities concluded that the passengers wanted to continue their journey, instead of disembarking in Thailand, according to an aid group involved in negotiations over the vessel’s future.
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Desperate migrants facing death as their overcrowded boat began sinking fought for space on the stricken vessel, reportedly throwing some people overboard before they were plucked to safety on Friday by passing Indonesian fishermen.
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Myanmar may snub a regional meeting hosted by Thailand later this month aimed at easing the current Bay of Bengal migrant crisis, the president’s office said Friday.
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Thein Sein aide says country not likely to attend meeting on boat people; Prayu says this is neighbours’ right

THAILAND could not force countries to attend a regional meeting in Bangkok this month to discuss how to manage the crisis over Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants as every country has its own dignity, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday. (more…)

More than 100 Burmese men who worked as slave fishermen in Indonesia have arrived home and were waiting Friday to return to their villages to be reunited with families many have been separated from for years.
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The flow of desperate migrants across the Bay of Bengal will continue unless Myanmar ends discrimination against its Rohingya Muslim minority, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Friday.
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The United States is coming under pressure from human rights groups and some in Congress to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea as Southeast Asian nations refuse to let them come to shore.
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The next general election, scheduled for late this year, is not shaping up to be the benchmark of democratic consolidation that many Myanmar observers had hoped. The government, which is still largely controlled by senior military officers, has failed to strike a power-sharing agreement with either the mainstream opposition or ethnic armed resistance groups. Not only does this endanger the legitimacy of the election, it also exposes a dangerous leadership vacuum within both the government and the opposition. (more…)

Between 6,000 and 8,000 refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are currently stranded in boats off the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, with the governments of all three nations refusing to allow the boats to land. With reports of deaths on board and thousands more lives at risk, the Guardian asked a panel of experts how the crisis could be solved. (more…)

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