41 STORIES TAGGED ‘REPATRIATION’

Shan refugees face repatriation to conflict zones inside Burma

September 4, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

A coalition of Shan community groups have voiced concern about the repatriation of over 500 refugees from a camp on the northern Thai border into an area of conflict. On August 27th, the Norwegian Refugee Council, part of the Norwegian-led “Myanmar Peace Support Initiative... Read more ►

China forces Kachin refugees back to Burma

August 26, 2012  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch warns that thousands of ethnic Kachin fleeing war in Burma are at risk of abuses, food shortages and conflict China should stop the forced return of thousands of ethnic Kachin refugees to northern Burma, where they are at risk from “armed hostilities, Bu... Read more ►

Burma Army’s ‘shoot on sight’ order still in use

August 10, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

The Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) raised their concerns to the United Nations Special Human Rights Rapporteur, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana that now is not the time to repatriate Karen refugees back to Burma. KHRG told Mr Quintana that the Burma’s military still has a “sho... Read more ►

Diplomats say refugees need guaranteed safety before returning home

May 29, 2012  •  Author: Saw Eh Na

European Union delegates and a number of foreign ambassadors to Thailand visited the Tham Hin refugee camp in Rachaburi province. The group of diplomats told refugee leaders that they will be negotiating with the Burma government to ensure refugees can return to their countr... Read more ►

UNHCR – Refugee status depends on Thailand’s permission

May 21, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Mae Sot told refugees at Umpiem Mai camp their registration depends on permission from the Thai government even if the UN agency is willing to grant UN refugee status to people. Staff from the UNHCR Mae Sot office w... Read more ►

Refugees — time to go home?

April 24, 2012  •  Author: Nan Thoo Lei (KIC)

Rumors of repatriation of refugees from Burma living in camps along Thai-Burma border are a major causing talking point for camp residents. Recent political developments in Burma and the recent ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and Burma government have adde... Read more ►

Peace — Government’s all mouth no action

September 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Ehna

The Karen National Union said it had grave doubts that the Burma government’s recent declaration to European officials that it was wanted peace with ethnic groups was a blatant attempt to please the international community. Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner ... Read more ►

Thai officials categorized refugees in Nu Po

September 14, 2011  •  Author: Saw Poe Moo (KIC)

Earlier this month Thai authorities in Tak province instructed Nu Po refugee camp officials to list all residents and sort them into three categories. Saw Thoo Lei Doh Soe, secretary of Nu Po camp committee said the instruction from the provincial Tak officials to the Thai a... Read more ►

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

August 22, 2011  •  Author: Naw Htoo Paw

The ethnic people of Burma are having a hard time. Burma Army soldiers are targeting women in the Kachin and Shan State for rape. Villagers are used as forced labour for the Burma Army. Development projects mean forced relocation and slave labour. Half a million ethnic peopl... Read more ►

Repatriation raises many questions and no answers

June 13, 2011  •  Author: Karen News

As talk persists about repatriation of Burmese refugees living along Thailand’s western border, a refugee leader said he sees no possibilty for the safe return of tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons in the immediate future. Saw Tun, leader of the Mae La ref... Read more ►

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