Refugees


Rice rations for many of the more than 120,000 Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burma border will be reduced, due to a reduction in funding for a humanitarian organization that has provided food for them for more than two decades.
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Three foreign visitors were recently arrested by police while visiting the Kutubalong unregistered Rohingya refugee camp, a resident that didn’t want their name used told the Kaladanpress. The resident said the visitors didn’t get permission from local authorities before visiting the camp.
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Australia is set to deport over 100 Rohingya asylum-seekers to detention centres in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru in the coming weeks, in spite of accusations that the move would breach international human rights law.
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Lashio, Shan State—Nearly 1,400 people who were displaced in anti-Muslim riots in the east Burma town of Lashio have returned to their homes, local authorities say. (more…)

Relief camps in Kyaukphyu are still dealing with insufficient water and food supplies, according to camp committee representatives. (more…)

The first Chin Burmese student arrived at Wilma Sime Roundy Elementary School three years ago, a smiling preschooler whose father often checked on his progress. (more…)

Hundreds of Muslim villagers left homeless after the latest wave of sectarian riots to hit central Burma this week are in urgent need of food and shelter, according to local sources. (more…)

Internal conflict and communal violence displaced a further 166,000 people in Burma in 2012, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country to “at least 450,000 people,” according to a global report released by the Internal Displaced Monitoring Centre. The group said inter-communal violence in Arakan State displaced 125,000 people, while the ethnic conflict in Kachin State, which escalated in late 2012, caused more than 75,000 civilians to flee, the report said. In southeastern Burma, where Karen and Shan rebels groups have skirmished with government forces despite having signed ceasefires with Naypyidaw, there are some 250,000 protracted IDPs.
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More than 1,000 villagers have fled their homes in eastern Burma’s Shan State since fighting escalated late last month between the government army and an ethnic armed group, Shan activists say.
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More than 125,000 displaced Rohingya in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State are bracing for this year’s punishing monsoon rains.
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Residents who were forced to flee from their homes during anti-Muslim rioting last month in Mandalay division’s Meikhtila are disappointed that they are still unable to return home due to ‘security concerns’ and attempted arson attacks.
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About 30 Shan people who had fled their homes in March due to fighting near Tangyan Township returned to their villages on Thursday, rescue committee members said. However, some 400 displaced Shan villagers remain at a makeshift camp outside the town and are monitoring the situation before committing themselves to returning home.
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The police of Mauk district, Tangerang regency, detained on Monday 16 migrants from Myanmar who were hiding on an offshore floating fish trap. (more…)

Thai border forces are still investigating the cause of a March 22 fire that killed 38 people and displaced over 2,000 more in the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp. According to local police under the authority of Colonel Naruchit, 300 of 400 witnesses have been questioned since the blaze.
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Following the recent fire that killed 39 refugees and destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, people living in camps along the Thai Burma border are scared that their respective camps are firetraps. (more…)

Myanmar will send officials to Thailand to help investigate whether about 2,000 Rohingya migrants now being sheltered in Thailand are from Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state.
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The rape and sexual harassment of three stateless Rohingya Muslim women caused last week’s deadly brawl between Burmese and Rohingya refugees at an immigration centre on Sumatra, an Indonesian police report said.
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On April 8, The Shan Herald News Agency reported that Shan rebels had clashed with Myanmar forces in Tangyan township in northern Shan State causing thousands of local people to flee their homes.
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Indonesian police on Sunday detained 80 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar on a remote island off Sumatra after they had got lost attempting to reach Malaysia, an official said.
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In an unprecedented move, Burmese state authorities made donations to a refugee camp in Thailand on Wednesday, to support ongoing relief efforts for the refugees who were caught in a deadly fire on March 22. (more…)

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