Refugees


Three hundred internally displaced people (IDPs) from Pinso Village in Paletwa Township need immediate emergency aid because there is a food shortage in their camp.
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Three migrant-learning centres are offering education programmes that qualify pupils for Myanmar graduation certificates to give migrant children an opportunity to more easily continue studying when they return to their home country, Thailand’s the Nation reported on 14 December.
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According to figures published in state-run media on Saturday, Burma’s anti-human trafficking unit has investigating 120 cases of human trafficking in 2015, leading to some 226 arrests.
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Bangladeshi naval forces detained 92 fishermen in 12 trawlers from Myanmar for illegal angling within Bangladeshi waters in the Bay of Bengal, a regional police official said on Wednesday.
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Refugee camp officials on the Thai Burma are hugely concerned that suicides among camp residents are climbing.
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The German government has awarded 1.38 million Euros through the WHH and Metta Development Foundation for humanitarian aid to people in Kachin and Shan states.
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As fighting continues in Kachin State, refugees fear they are witnessing a last-ditch grab for power, one that will only prolong their displacement.
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Thailand’s foreign minister called on Friday for concerted action to tackle irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, as regional nations met for talks aimed at preventing another “boat people” crisis.
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Myanmar authorities have repatriated 48 more verified Bangladeshi boat people home, official media reported Thursday.
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Hakim a mosque committee member said: “The villagers had renovated the mosque and maqtab after they were destroyed by Cyclone Komen that hit Arakan from 29 to 31 July 2015. During that time many houses and paddy fields were destroyed across Arakan State.”
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Shan State’s 10,000-plus internally displaced people (IDPs) are now dispersed between more than ten locations in six townships, according to data collected by the Tai Youth Network (TYN). (more…)

Southeast Asian leaders meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritize a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk abuse and death at sea, Amnesty International (AI)said in a statement on 16 November. (more…)

Boats carrying desperate Rohingya refugees have begun leaving the coast of Burma, sparking fears of a new Southeast Asian migrant crisis.
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More than 6,000 people have been displaced by recent conflict between the Burmese government and ethnic rebels in eastern Burma’s Shan State, according to the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF).
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Political parties contesting the 8 November election have failed to prioritize or commit to core human rights issues, according to a new report released by FIDH on 3 November.
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For refugees from Burma living in camps just across the border in Thailand, a landmark election in their homeland triggers mixed emotions – hope that a hated government will be defeated, and fear of the uncertain future such an upheaval might bring.
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Thailand’s probe into human trafficking was wound up too quickly, the officer who led the investigation said Wednesday, adding he now fears for his life after implicating senior military figures in the grim trade.
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There is “strong evidence” that Myanmar has committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, according to a Yale law school report that called for a United Nations commission of inquiry to focus world leaders’ attention on abuses in western Rakhine state.
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Amnesty International used full-page ads in Australian newspapers on Thursday to accuse border protection officials of illegally paying people smugglers and endangering lives in their efforts to prevent asylum seeker boats from reaching Australia.
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Life in Myanmar for Shajidah was more than a 16-year-old should live through. There, she faced a terrible dilemma: To stay and live in fear or to leave and risk her life.
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