No way home – yet?

June 19, 2013  •  Author: Saw Mort and Henry Zwartz

As the world commemorates refugee week, in Thailand’s largest refugee camp ethnic Karen refugees who fled conflict in Burma struggle with homesickness, discrimination and apprehension of what they’ll find when they return over the border. Ma Tway considers the uncertaint... Read more ►

Japan to open Myawaddy information center for refugees

June 17, 2013  •  Author: Nan Paw Gay (KIC)

Mr. Yuki Nishimori, a consultant with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that is working on assessing the potential for development projects for the Japanese government in Mon and Karen State, met with officials from the Karen National Unions’s liaison offic... Read more ►

Despite complaints – Mae Fah Luang Foundation to continue refugees profiling

June 14, 2013  •  Author: S’ Phan Shaung (KIC)

Following complaints about a refugee profiling survey been carried out by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Mae La refugee camp, officials met to discus the issues of complaint and agree... Read more ►

Dengue fever kills three refugees

June 11, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

A Karen Women’s Organisation staff member who has just returned from Nu Poe refugee camp estimated that there are as many as 200 dengue fever cases. Karen News is led to understand that two Nu Poe camp residents died in recent days from complications associated with dengue... Read more ►

Burma’s Kachin State War Preys On Most Vulnerable

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

A new report by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) raises concerns over how the Burma government’s war against the Kachin has greatly increased the risk of human trafficking along the China-Burma border, with young girls or women targeted. The report, titled ... Read more ►

Karen leader: “Not the time to send refugees and displaced back…”

June 6, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union’s general secretary, Padoh Kwe Htoo Win, in an exclusive interview with Karen News explains why now is not the right time to return refugees or displaced people. “When there is no more fighting and no more human right violations, they [displaced ... Read more ►

Still not safe to send back refugees

May 26, 2013  •  Author: Saw Lah Khin Moo

Following three days of discussion representatives from organizations working on refugee issues along the Thai-Burma border, refugee representatives, civil society groups, political leaders agreed that the current situation in Burma is not safe for refugees to return. Over 4... Read more ►

Refugees wary of Govt repatriation ‘pilot’

May 2, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar (KIC)

For the first time since 1974 the Burma government has met with the Karen Refugee Committee in Hpa-an Town. The government put forward its plan to KRC that they wanted to ‘trial a pilot project’ to take back about 50 refugees households who are now living in camps on the... Read more ►

Japan offers Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugees resettlement opportunity

April 25, 2013  •  Author: Saw Khar Sue Nyar (KIC)

Refugees from the Mae Ra Mo and Mae La Oon refugee camps, in Mae Hong Son District, on the Thai-Burma border, who are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been given permission to apply for resettlement in Japan. The UNHCR issued an ... Read more ►

Refugee camps on high fire alert

April 11, 2013  •  Author: Saw Blacktown

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. As precautionary measure, refugee camp officials have put in place compuls... Read more ►

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