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Thailand said on Friday that it had rejected a request from Beijing to deport all Uighur Muslims held in detention camps back to China, two days after the deportation of nearly 100 Uighurs sparked international criticism.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein should refuse to sign into law the discriminatory interfaith marriage bill passed by parliament on July 7, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill targets Buddhist women who marry – or seek to marry – non-Buddhist men and introduces vaguely defined acts against Buddhism as grounds for divorce, forfeiture of custody and matrimonial property, and potential criminal penalties.
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A controversial Burmese marriage bill is discriminatory and risks undermining democratic progress, the European Union (EU) said, after parliament passed the legislation this week in another sign of hardline Buddhist nationalist influence.
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Ma Ba Tha is proving to be one of the most effective groups in Burma at extracting concessions from the quasi-civilian government.
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A controversial Myanmar marriage bill is discriminatory and risks undermining democratic progress, the EU said, after parliament passed the legislation this week in another sign of hardline Buddhist nationalist influence.
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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday according to a report by ABC on 8 July.
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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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Authorities in Myanmar have investigated human trafficking cases involving a record six child victims in June, police said Tuesday according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 8 July.
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Burma’s Union Parliament on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that critics say would create unnecessary restrictions for marrying outside of one’s faith.
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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday.
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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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The Monywa District court rejected an appeal on Monday against the two year sentence handed down to columnist and former National League for Democracy (NLD) member Htin Lin Oo for offending religious feeling, according to his lawyer.
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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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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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