Shan Human Rights Foundation – Killings, beheading and disappearance of villagers instill fear of return among Kokang refugees

May 11, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) released a report today, 11 May that documents the results of interviews held with Kokang villagers taking refuge in neighboring China. The Shan Human Rights Foundation report that the refugees “remain fearful of return, due to killi... Read more ►

Refugees Concerns Must be Address In Any Plans To Repatriate Them

May 4, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A paper released last week by Burma Link and Burma Partnership claims the voices of refugees are ignored in Burma’s reforms. The joint paper, Voices of Refugees – Situation of Burma’s Refugees Along the Thailand-Burma Border, urges all the organisations responsible for... Read more ►

Karenni Refugees Made Homeless By Fire To Get New Homes In May

April 19, 2015  •  Author: S'Phan Shaung

Refugees who lost their homes to fire that ripped through the Karenni camp in early April, will have their homes rebuilt in early May according to camp officials. The fire that broke out on April , destroyed 188 houses and made homeless 867 refugees. The Karenni Camp No. 1, ... Read more ►

Fire at Karenni Refugee Camp Destroys 150 Homes and Leaves 700 Residents Homeless

April 10, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

Terrified residents ran from their homes as a fire tore through a refugee camp on the Thai Burma border in Mae Hong Song Province. Camp residents said the fire started at around 11am, on Tuesday 7 April, in the kitchen of a resident’s house in Karenni Refugee camp No. 1 al... Read more ►

Delegation Lobby’s British Parliament For Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees on Thai Burma Border

February 27, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

A delegation, advocating on behalf of refugees and displaced people from Burma took their cause to Britian’s Parliament in an attempt to highlight the affects of funding cuts on services to people along the Thai Burma. “As refugees, we are under tremendous pressure in th... Read more ►

Media Talk of Repatriation of Refugees Wrong

February 5, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

Media reports this week that talks between the Burma and the Thai government’s focused on repatriation of refugees sent fear and rumours through the nine refugee camps on the border between the two countries. Reports in the Thai English language media got it wrong, accordi... Read more ►

UNHCR and Thai Govt Plan to Verify and Record Refugee Populations on the Thai-Burma Border

January 19, 2015  •  Author: Saw Thein Myint

The United Nation High Commission for Refugees and the Thai Ministry of Interior are planning a joint exercise to verify refugee population in the nine camps along the Thai-Burma border in January, according to sources from camp service providers. Saw Robert Htwe, chairpers... Read more ►

Burma’s Citizenship Law ‘Fuels Repression,” says Human Rights Watch

January 17, 2015  •  Author: Karen News

The New York based Human Rights Watch called on the Burmese government to amend citizenship law, claiming it “fuels repression” and denies basic human rights to the country’s ethnic Rohingya minority. Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director, said the law entrenched discrimin... Read more ►

**Generation gap widens in Thai border camps

December 19, 2014  •  Author: Abby Seiff

Twenty-year old Hla Ko* has an easy smile, a cool haircut and the manic energy of a young man with few ties. He studies medicine but adores politics. He has an opinion about everything but isn’t too sure about anything. The church is an anchor, but hanging out and flirting... Read more ►

The Young Refugee Who Won’t Give up Hope

October 3, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Aung Naing was six years old when he moved to Nu Poe refugee camp in Thailand, leaving conflict-wracked Karen State, in Eastern Burma. Sitting down in the small compound on the outskirts of Chiang Mai that has been his home for the last 15 months, Aung Naing recalls those fi... Read more ►

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