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Karen Refugees Committee’s 10 points to repatriation

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 able to return to their homeland.” Figures released by The Border Consortium (TBC), an…

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Refugee Fire Update: Death toll confirmed at 35

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 in the Bankok Post, as saying that, “35 people have been confirmed…

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45 refugees killed in fire

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 hospital. Two severely burnt refugees have been transferred to hospitals in…

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U.S. Answer Refugee Resettlement Questions

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 answers. Karen News has reprinted it in full. FAQ / Key Messages for Beneficiaries Regarding Deadline for Expression of…

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

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. Nan Thandar Aung, a representative from the Karen Women Action Group (KWAG) who was at the meeting, spoke to Karen News.…

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US stops resettlement program in June

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 stop on June 5, 2013. Saw Tha Kae, vice chairperson of the Mae La Camp…

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Thai Interior Minister cools refugee repatriation talk

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 and Tha Song Yang district officials made a short visit to Mae La refugee camp and met with the…

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4,000 Kachin refugees facing starvation

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 the government’s airforce and army. Moon Nay Li, coordinator of…

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

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 Pisa, an official with the Kachin Independent Organization, said that on the morning of December 28th, between…

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UNHCR under fire from community groups on refugee repatriation process

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 involvement of community groups and refugees in the repatriation process. Constant rumors of repatriation of refugees from Burma who…

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