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Posts Tagged ‘Refugees’ (118 found)

Karenni Civil Society Warns Myanmar Government to Stop Undermining Peace Process

A briefing paper by the Karenni Civil Society Network (KCSN) issued today warns how the Myanmar government’s failure to adhere to ceasefire agreements with the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) is undermining the peace process.

The government has failed to keep various agreements signed with KNPP on March 7 and June 9 of this year, including informing KNPP of its troop movements through Karenni territory, which led to an outbreak of fighting in June […]

October 31, 2012  •  By Karenni Civil Society Network  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity

For decades, Burmese Rohingya fleeing persecution have sought refuge in Bangladesh. June’s inter-communal violence in Burma’s Rakhine State, as well as subsequent state-sponsored persecution and targeted attacks against Muslim populations […]

October 30, 2012  •  By Refugees International  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Rohingya in Burma: Spotlight on Current Crisis Offers Opportunity for Progress

Despite an abundance of natural resources, Rakhine State is the second-poorest state in Burma. The simmering tension that exists between the Rakhine and stateless Rohingya communities has been stoked by poverty for decades. However, in June 2012 that tension boiled over […]

October 30, 2012  •  By Refugees International  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Refugee Return Only with Consent, Safety and Dignity

Anxiety and uncertainty has been building among refugees in Thailand’s camps regarding possible repatriation to Burma. While there are many actors who feel they have a major role in the decision-making of when and how this process will take place, none are more important than the refugees themselves. Thus, the release of a position paper by a group of Karen Community Based Organizations (KCBOs), many of whom work directly with communities inside Thailand’s refugee camps, is an important first step in making sure that it is those affected who determine the path that their lives will take.

The position paper outlines pre-conditions for refugees’ return to Burma and the processes that must be followed once those preconditions have been met. The position paper is timely in that it was released the same week that the Thai National Security Council released a statement indicating that refugees will return within a year. Burma, the statement reads, “is clearing landmines along the borders, preparing to build shelters and other infrastructure… to be ready within one year.” […]

September 17, 2012  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Ad Hoc and Inadequate

Thailand’s Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

This 143-page report finds that Thai refugee policies are not grounded in law and cause refugees of all nationalities to be exploited and unnecessarily detained and deported. The report focuses on the plight of Burmese refugees, the largest current refugee group in Thailand […]

September 13, 2012  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Thailand: Refugee Policies Ad Hoc and Inadequate

Closed Camps, No Work Authorization Lead to Stagnation and Abuse

Thailand’s policies governing refugees on its soil are making them vulnerable to arbitrary and abusive treatment despite the country’s decades of experience as host for millions of refugees […]

September 13, 2012  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

Karen Community Based Organizations Release Position Paper on Refugees’ Return

Today a grouping of Karen Community Based Organizations (KCBOs) released their collective position in response to recent news about the repatriation of refugees. The position paper outlines the pre-conditions and processes necessary for a successful and voluntary return of refugees from several camps along the Thai-Burma border […]

September 11, 2012  •  By Karen Community Based Organizations  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Karen Community Based Organizations’ Position on Refugees’ Return to Burma

This is a preliminary working paper prepared by the Karen Community Based Organizations (KCBOs) concerned with refugees’ repatriation and return to Burma […]

September 11, 2012  •  By Karen Community Based Organizations  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

China: Stop Expelling Refugees

Forced Return of Kachin to Burma Violates International Law

In late August 2012, the Chinese government forcibly returned at least 4,000 ethnic Kachin refugees to a conflict zone in northern Burma in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

Human Rights Watch said that the Chinese government carried out the forced returns without having provided the Kachin refugees a process for determining their claims to refugee status […]

September 6, 2012  •  By Human Rights Watch  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Shan Community Groups: Don’t Push Refugees Back into Active War Zone

Shan community groups are gravely concerned about imminent repatriation of over 500 refugees from a camp on the northern Thai border into an area of active conflict.

Today, the Norwegian Refugee Council, contracted under the Norwegian-led “Myanmar Peace Support Initiative,” will begin house-to-house surveys of refugees in Koung Jor camp, northern Chiang Mai province, about their willingness to return […]

August 27, 2012  •  By Shan Human Rights Foundation, Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization, Shan Women's Action Network, Shan Youth Power and Shan Youth Network Group  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤