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.
12 June 2015 – Nearly half a million people continue to require humanitarian assistance three years after inter-communal violence raked Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations relief arm reported today.
According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 416,000 people remain in need of relief, including almost 140,000 displaced people living in dire conditions in camps and many others without citizenship in isolated villages.
Nearly all forests across the globe are inhabited. The peoples who live there have customary rights and have developed ways of life and traditional knowledge that are attuned to their forest environments. Yet, forest policies commonly treat forests as empty lands controlled by the State and available for development, colonisation, logging, plantations, dams, mines, oil wells, gas pipelines and agribusiness.
Executive Summary and Policy Recommendations
On June 5th 2015 a 5.9 magnitude earthquake, with a depth of 10 km, occurred in Ranau town, Sabah State at 07:15 local time. According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), the tremor was felt in several areas throughout Sabah State. Ranau and Kota Kinabalu reported damages to houses and infrastructure.
Malaysia has finished removing remains of suspected migrants from human smuggling camps along its northern border, days after a damning report suggested that most Malaysian border personnel were involved in cross-border smuggling.
Forensics teams exhumed a total of 106 bodies and remains of suspected illegal migrants from two locations in the jungle along the Thai border in northern Perlis state, Malaysian police said Monday.
The Asia Pacific zone (APZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises the zone office in Kuala Lumpur, four regional offices in Suva (Pacific), Bangkok (Southeast Asia), Delhi (South Asia) and Beijing (East Asia) and 12 country offices, adopting a “best-positioned” strategy to support the national societies (NSs) in the zone according to their needs. Through this decentralized management structure, the Asia Pacific zone office directs the work of the regional and country offices.