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28 May 2015 description
report MERCY Malaysia

MISSION

  • Since May 20th 2015 1,111 Rohingya asylum seekers and Bangladesh irregular migrants have been sheltered in Belantik Immigration Detention Camp

  • MERCY Malaysia has been providing medical assistance, deworming exercises, vaccination clinics for Rohingya refugees and Bangladesh irregular migrants since Wednesday 20th May 2015

  • MERCY Malaysia is providing its services twice a week to the camp

SITUATION OVERVIEW & MERCY MALAYSIA HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

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'I am deeply concerned about the plight of the refugees in the Indian Ocean. There is an urgent need to support measures in Rakhine state to prevent more people becoming victims of human trafficking. Norway is therefore providing an additional NOK 10 million in humanitarian aid to Rakhine state in Myanmar,' Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

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By David Han Guo Xiong

Synopsis

The Rohingya refugee crisis is a test of Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN. Kuala Lumpur’s response is an attempt to balance its foreign policy commitment to ASEAN and allay domestic concerns over the Rohingya humanitarian problem.

Commentary

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Wang Kelian, Malaysia | AFP | Thursday 5/28/2015 - 10:17 GMT

by Satish Cheney

Malaysia said Thursday it believes 139 bodies are buried in marked graves at remote camps used by people-smugglers on the Thai border, wrapped in white cloth after Muslim rites.

The abandoned sites were discovered on the weekend, escalating a crisis that erupted earlier this month when a Thai crackdown on trafficking networks left thousands of desperate people stranded at sea on rickety boats.

27 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Demand End of Abuses in Burma, Access for Refugee Protection

(Bangkok, May 28, 2015) – Governments gathering in Bangkok on May 29, 2015, to discuss the Southeast Asia boat people crisis should reach binding agreements to save people at sea, permit them to disembark without conditions, and ensure unimpeded access for United Nations agencies to protect the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today.

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GENEVA (27 May 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed alarm at the enactment of the Population Control Healthcare Bill in Myanmar, the first of four in a package of bills that seek to ‘protect race and religion’. The bills are highly discriminatory against ethnic and religious minorities as well as against women.

27 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 mai 2015 – Le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a fait le point mardi sur quelques-unes des principales crises des droits de l'homme actuelles, notamment les violences au Burundi et le trafic de migrants en Europe et en Asie du Sud-Est.

Dans un discours prononcé devant le Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'Organisation à Genève, en Suisse, le Haut-Commissaire a commencé par tirer les constats de sa récente visite au Burundi.

27 May 2015 description
report The New York Times

By JOE COCHRANE

BAYEUN, Indonesia — Mohammed Salim sat on a straw mat in an open-air tent, trying to avoid the stifling midday heat.

The 23-year-old Rohingya from Myanmar still appeared to be recovering from dehydration and mild malnutrition. He was among the 433 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who had been aboard a distressed vessel found by journalists on May 14, adrift in the Andaman Sea near Thailand and Malaysia. They had been on the boat for three months, abandoned by their captain and crew, and were desperate for food and water.

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Bangkok, Thailand | AFP | Wednesday 5/27/2015 - 13:10 GMT

by Jerome TAYLOR

Thai police are seeking help from villagers living near a recently uncovered network of jungle camps to aid their investigation into people-smuggling and human trafficking-gangs, a senior officer said Wednesday.

Suspicion has fallen on remote communities in the deep south whom rights groups say must either have been aware of the trade, or have been actively involved in it.

27 May 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Wed, May 27 2015, 7:35 PM

At least 12 Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) are ready to shelter Rohingya asylum-seekers stranded in Indonesia, especially those children separated from their families, Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said Wednesday.

“Based on our data collection, there are many Rohingya children left orphaned or separated from their families,” Khofifah said in Magelang, Central Java.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh | AFP | Wednesday 5/27/2015 - 14:30 GMT

by Sam JAHAN

Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis.

The government has started planning the relocation to Hatiya island in the Bay of Bengal in a move backed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said additional secretary Amit Kumar Baul.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

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STATEMENT RELEASED ON 27 MAY 2015

Please find herein the Joint NGO Statement ahead of the intergovernmental Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean being held on 29 May 2015 hosted by the Royal Thai Government in Bangkok. The signatories below represent more than 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations operating across Asia and the Pacific regions.

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1.1 A crisis largely ignored for more than 35 years

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0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Third modification

EUR 400 000 were earmarked to contribute to the funding of two UNICEF cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake. In the end, the total cost for this specific contribution amounted to EUR 287 130. The consequent left over, equivalent to an amount of EUR 112 870, has to be shifted from the Transport/logistics specific objective to the Natural disasters specific objective.