Refugees


Rohingya Muslims represent an “unconventional threat” to the entire Southeast Asia region, according to the commander-in-chief of Burma’s armed forces, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
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The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, arrested after the discovery of shallow graves of migrants in Thai jungle, began in Bangkok on Tuesday and the attorney-general’s office said it would be over within a year amid fears about the safety of witnesses.
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The governments of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia should end the indefinite detention of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and provide them with full protection, said Fortify Rights and the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) in a new briefing today.
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Well-known Thai actress and model Priya “Pu” Suandokmai has joined a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) fundraising project that highlights the plight of Burma’s displaced in Thailand. The campaign, called “Namjai (Generosity) for Refugees,” aims to assist over 100,000 Burmese refugees currently living in nine camps on the Thai-Burma border. The Irrawaddy’s Saw Yan Naing interviewed Pu about her interest in refugee issues and how she became involved in the UNHCR’s project in Thailand.
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Myanmar’s election last November was hailed as the fairest the country had ever seen. The vote sent Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory after decades of opposition to the country’s former military leaders. This week Myanmar’s parliament, where the NLD now dominates, will nominate a president to lead a new government.
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Migrant workers are often looked down on – even reviled – in their host countries, and ignored by or trafficked from their home countries. But policies to protect the rights of migrants benefit almost everyone involved and help drive economic growth, according to a new United Nations study.
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Just over a year since fighting erupted in Kokang region between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw, an estimated 27,000 war refugees remain over the border in China’s Yunnan Province.
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has produced a video encouraging Thais to help Myanmar refugees living along the Thailand-Myanmar border.
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Myanmar citizens holding the UNHCR refugee card allegedly constitute the majority of foreigners detained for drugs here, in 2015 and 2014.
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The Bangladeshi government will next month conduct a census of Rohingya refugees living on the nation’s shared border with Burma.
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Many of the Muslims displaced by inter-communal violence in Myanmar are still prevented from moving freely and often denied access to local hospitals, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, calling for an end to such discriminatory practices.
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Rohingya Muslims are considered to be the most persecuted minority in the world. This fact is recognized by the United Nations and by almost all human rights organizations. Several prominent international human rights activists have noted that Rohingya Muslims have been subjected to massive ethnic cleansing in Myanmar (formerly Burma), a predominantly Buddhist country in Southeast Asia.
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The humanitarian team that sent ships to rescue refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean will launch a Southeast Asia mission this weekend to comb the seas for boat people, including Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
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Though the incoming National League for Democracy government has made a laudable commitment to human rights in Myanmar, 2015 saw an increased clampdown on dissenting voices and a failure to address rising religious intolerance, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
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The political transition has brought far-reaching change to Myanmar, but for tens of thousands of refugees in camps in Thailand life remains in limbo.
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The police have detained two Myanmar men to facilitate investigations into the discovery of mass graves believed to contain remains of human trafficking victims at Wang Kelian, Perlis last year.
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At least 30 countries illegally forced refugees to return to places where they would be in danger last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday as it warned that many governments were brazenly breaking international law.
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Indonesia sank 27 impounded foreign boats on Monday, a minister said, as the world’s largest archipelago nation stepped up a campaign against illegal fishing in its waters.
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The Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK this week published a new briefing paper calling on the NLD-led government, which will take power in April, to take four practical steps to start addressing human rights violations against the Rohingya.
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After Husaina’s 20-year-old son fled poverty and discrimination in Myanmar’s Rakhine State by boat, she heard nothing from him for seven months.
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