158 STORIES TAGGED ‘REFUGEES’

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 ►

“We Have Never Seen Peace” – Karen People Have Their Say on International Day of Peace

September 23, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

To mark the International Day of Peace, Karen News spoke to members of the Karen community about the importance of peace. Following six decades of conflict, the Karen National Union entered into a preliminary ceasefire with the Burmese government in 2012. But a lasting peace... Read more ►

UNHCR – Straight-Talking on Refugees

September 5, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Mr. Iain Hall, the senior field coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees based in the Thai border town of Mae Sot gave an exclusive interview to Karen News. In the exclusive interview, Mr Hall covers a wide range of issues affecting refugees includin... Read more ►

KNU warns it will block any efforts to return refugees prematurely

August 17, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

The Karen National Union’s, secretary 1, Padoh Saw Thaw Thi Bweh told Karen News that unless the situation in Burma guarantees refugees safety, their dignity and is conducted according to international humanitarian guidelines any return at the moment is not appropriate. I... Read more ►

How NCPO Can Help Myanmar Refugees

July 26, 2014  •  Author: *Bill Frelick

When Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha announced on July 11 that the Thai refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border would be emptied, many wondered if there really is new resolve by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to repatriate the 130,000 Myanmar refugees who have been l... Read more ►

Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Clarifies Its Position On Refugee Return

July 18, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Following intense media speculation, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released a media statement on Thursday 17 July in an attempt to cool speculation that the refugee camps on the Thai Burma border were about to be closed and residents sent back to Burma. The MFA... Read more ►

Human Rights Watch, UNHCR and Refugees Raise Concerns Following Reports That Thai Military Will Return Refugees After Reaching Agreement with Burma’s Military

July 15, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has reached an agreement with the commander-in-chief of Burma’s military to repatriate the 120,000 refugees on the Thai Burma border. The agreement has alarmed human rights experts and has increased refugees concern... Read more ►

Thai Authorities to Verify Refugee Numbers in Tak Province Camps, a Blow to Students and Workers…

July 7, 2014  •  Author: Nan Wai Phyo Zar

Starting in July Thai authorities are to start recording the refugee population in an attempt to verifying the number of refugees living in camps on the Thai-Burma border in Tak province. Saw George, vice chairperson of the Karen Refugee Committee, confirmed to Karen News ab... Read more ►

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