Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 10:14 GMT
Southeast Asian countries Thursday launched a fund to share the cost of hosting human trafficking victims, after a regional migrant crisis saw victims ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them.
In May a Thai crackdown on the lucrative smuggling industry prompted the traffickers to abandon their human cargo at sea, sparking a crisis that saw more than 3,500 Bangladeshi economic migrants and stateless Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar land in Malaysia and Indonesia.
We, the undersigned*, welcome the convening later this week of the Emergency ASEAN Ministerial meeting on Transnational Crime: Irregular Movement of Persons in the South East Asia Region. The meeting provides a timely opportunity to move meaningfully forward on the comprehensive and durable solution called for by the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in Putrajaya on 20 May 2015, in keeping with the spirit of unity and solidarity of a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN.
South East Asian governments have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect refugees and migrants one month after a key summit to address the crisis that saw thousands of people stranded on boats over the past months, Amnesty International said in an open letter today.
The Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in Bangkok on 29 May brought 17 countries together to discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.
In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.
Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.
hailand - The Government of Japan is committing USD 2.5 million to IOM in Thailand in response to IOM’s USD 26 million appeal to assist those affected by the migrant crisis in the Andaman Sea.
Japanese funding will provide for temporary shelter and non-food items (NFIs) such as blankets, clothes and hygiene kits, health and nutritional support and psychosocial support to stranded migrant men, women and children in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
By Mubashar Hasan
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) -
Karim Khan* is out of work, but that’s not a bad thing.
He spent two years transporting would-be migrants on his fishing trawler from the coast of Bangladesh to large boats anchored far offshore. The passengers had paid to be smuggled into Malaysia in the hope of finding work there. But Khan was actually delivering them into the hands of human traffickers who would hold them for ransom.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia is advocating the introduction of an identity card with advance biometric security features, to be issued to all refugees so that the government could keep tabs on them avoiding incidents of trafficking and crime.
Description of the disaster
Kampung Tualang, Malaysia | AFP | Monday 6/22/2015 - 07:27 GMT
by Manan VATSYAYANA
Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.
The remains were what police said were the first of 106 exhumed so far from pits at trafficking camps found in late May in jungles in northern Malaysia along the Thai border, a discovery that laid bare the brutal extent of the region's migrant crisis.
Today we are faced with the highest numbers of refugees around the world and their situation is more critical than ever.
Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 6/20/2015 - 04:22 GMT
Japan on Saturday offered a $3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan remained committed to helping national reconciliation efforts on various fronts in Asia, including between Myanmar's government and "ethnic minority groups".
Author: Eleanor Albert, Online Writer/Editor
June 17, 2015
The journey of a migrant is often long and dangerous. Many lose their belongings along the way. But phone numbers of family are always protected – with details carefully written on a piece of paper and wrapped in plastic – so when safely at their destination, migrants can contact their family.
The ICRC, together with the Indonesian Red Cross, provide phone call services for the migrants from Myanmar so that they can reconnect with their family and loved ones.
Human Rights Council
16 June 2015 Concludes Clustered Interactive Dialogue on the Human Rights of Migrants and on Minority Issues
By Ika Koeck, IFRC
At noontime, the heat and humidity rising from the ground in Kelantan was overpowering, but not strong enough to deter the villagers of Kampung Aur Duri and Kampung Dusun Nyior from attending the community meeting organized at their newly built mosque. Their excitement and anticipation was palpable as they listened to a briefing about the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme planned by the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
15 juin 2015
Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations
Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.
Human Rights Council
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development
15 June 2015
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.
by Alex J. Bellamy
In April and May this year, around 25,000 Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar and, to a lesser extent, Bangladesh fled their countries on boats organized by people smugglers. Many hundreds reportedly died along*the way. Around 8,000 of them were stranded in the Andaman Sea until late May, when the governments of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia agreed to provide temporary shelter. At the same time, mass graves of Rohingya smuggled through the jungle into Malaysia were discovered.