Karen Refugees Committee’s 10 points to repatriation

March 26, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen Refugees Committee has issued a statement outlining its position on the repatriation of Karen refugees on the Thai-Burma border. The KRC said that the recent political reforms in Burma that took place in 2010 “signals a ray of hope for many refugees to be abl... Read more ►

Refugee Fire Update: Death toll confirmed at 35

March 24, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Karen News is led to understand that the death toll from the fire that destroyed the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp has now been confirmed as 35 with one person still unaccounted for. Dr Paisarn Thanyawinitchakul, the chief of the Mae Hong Son Public Health Office, was reported... Read more ►

45 refugees killed in fire

March 22, 2013  •  Author: Karen News and Kantawaddy Times --- Mae Hong Song

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has confirmed today that 45 refugees were killed in a fire that tore through the Baan Mae Surin camp at around 4pm on Friday afternoon. Karen News is led to understand that most of the dead were trapped in the camp h... Read more ►

U.S. Answer Refugee Resettlement Questions

February 21, 2013  •  Author:

Rumors continue to circulate among refugees about the closing of the U.S. resettlement program. In an effort to get its message to refugees about the issue, the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Support Center has issued document with 20 key questions and answe... Read more ►

Govt’s peace meet – fails to answers questions on conflict or displacement

January 30, 2013  •  Author: S' Phan Shaung (KIC)

Civil society groups voiced their disappointment that the government ministers appointed to its Peace Committee failed to address many of the questions that representatives from 64 community-based-organisations brought to a meeting held at the Myanmar Peace Centre on Sunday.... Read more ►

US stops resettlement program in June

January 28, 2013  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

The US has announced its resettlement program for refugees from Burma is to stop in June this year. The US Ambassador to Thailand, David Robinson visited Mae Lae refugee camp on Friday and told refugees that his country’s resettlement program for refugees from Burma will s... Read more ►

Thai Interior Minister cools refugee repatriation talk

January 19, 2013  •  Author: Poe Kwa Lay (KIC)

Senior Thai officials, including the Minister of Interior, visited Mae La refugee camp in Tha Song Yang district of Tak Province to assess the situation of refugees on Thursday, January 13. Thailand’s Interior Minister, Jarupong Ruangsuwan, together with the Tak Governor ... Read more ►

4,000 Kachin refugees facing starvation

December 31, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

As many as 4,000 Kachin refugees who are taking refuge in the remote area of Mai Jar Yan area on the Sino-Burma border are now facing severe food shortage problems. The area is under the the control of the Kachin Independent Army 3rd Brigade, but is under heavy attack from t... Read more ►

Laiza residents dig bunkers to protect from bombs dropped by government’s jet fighters

December 31, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Residents in Laiza Town in Kachin State are building bomb shelters in an attempt to stay protect themselves from the Burma military’s bombardment. Laiza Town is headquarters of the Kachin Independent Army and is severely under attack from government troops. Salan Kapa Doi ... Read more ►

UNHCR under fire from community groups on refugee repatriation process

December 18, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The Burma Partnership (BP), a community based advocate organisation called on the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugee to consult and to involve refugees in the process of repatriation. Burma Partnership released a video that shows the lack of consultation and involv... Read more ►

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