A new report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) detailing ongoing human rights abuses, land expropriation and military offensives committed by the Burmese Army against the ethnic national peoples in Burma.
The report is based upon findings from a recent visit to Burma, with interviews conducted with IDPs within Shan State and representatives from Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working with the Shan, Kachin, Karen and Karenni people.
(New York, May 22, 2015) – One year after seizing power, Thailand’s military junta has used dictatorial power to systematically repress human rights throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, has prosecuted critics of military rule, banned political activity, censored the media, and tried dissidents in unfair military courts.
I. Latest Progress in Thailand’s Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts
1. Updated statistics and notable current cases
The Royal Thai Government’s substantial new measures to combat human trafficking have already begun to yield concrete dividends. This section will provide some key updates on the results of the enhanced law enforcement processes.
The majority of boat people who have landed in a southern province of Thailand are from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, a Myanmar nongovernmental organization official said.
Htoo Chit, executive director of the Thailand-based migrant rights group Foundation for Education and Development told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Monday that he had met with 13 women and 13 children on Saturday at a refugee camp in Phang Nga, a Thai province on the shores of the Andaman Sea to the west and Phang Nga Bay to the south.
The Royal Thai Government is organizing the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May 2015 in Bangkok. The Special Meeting is an urgent call for the region to comprehensively work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration across the Bay of Bengal in recent years.
Military Commanders Untouchable, While Victims Arrested and Pressured Into Silence
(New York, May 19, 2015) – Five years on, the Thai government has not prosecuted those responsible for the 2010 political violence in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite overwhelming evidence that soldiers used excessive and unnecessary lethal force against protesters and others, not a single soldier has been held accountable for deaths or injuries during the crackdown on street protests.
Regarding reports about a vessel comprising around 300 migrants drifting in Thai territorial waters along the Thai-Malaysian coast, near Satun Province, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform facts as follows.
Activists urge govt pressure on Myanmar
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has expressed support for Thailand's plan to hold a regional meeting in Bangkok on May 29 to address the Rohingya migration problem.
During a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chan Sunday, Mr Ban praised the meeting as a significant initiative to seek international cooperation to solve the growing crisis, a member of the government spokesman's team, Maj Gen Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, said.
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Deputy Defence Minister and army commander Udomdej Sitabutr says the three-day bomb attacks across Yala, which have injured 22 people, are probably connected to political groups.
Gen Udomdej said he wants to wait for the results of police investigations into the latest violence and does not want to jump to conclusions.
BANGKOK, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai shelters for Rohingya women and children desperately need more assistance to care for victims of a deepening trafficking crisis across Southeast Asia, activists said on Friday.
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BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - UNICEF is very worried about the situation of children and their families stranded on boats in the seas of South East Asia. These children need, and they have a right to, urgent help and protection. UNICEF shares the Secretary-General’s sense of alarm at reports that some countries are refusing entry to boats carrying refugee and migrant children.
BANGKOK, May 15 (Reuters) - Eighteen people have been injured in Thailand's southern province of Yala in a string of bomb attacks by suspected Muslim insurgents upset at recent measures to rein in separatist violence, the army said on Friday.
More than 6,500 people, most of them civilians, have died in separatist violence in southern Thailand since 2004, when resistance to Buddhist rule flared up.
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The government will build more temporary shelters for illegal migrants pending their repatriation, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
The facilities would be for temporary detention only and would never be permanent camps for illegal migrants, he said.
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Thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis remain stranded at sea as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand refuse to let them come ashore - a move that puts the refugees' and migrants' lives at risk, UNHCR's Vivian Tan tells DW.
By KHIN OO THA / THE IRRAWADDY| Thursday, May 14, 2015
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Scores of workers from Burma were rescued on Tuesday from a shrimp processing facility in Thailand after being locked inside for up to three years, according to a migrant rights group.
The Myanmar Association in Thailand (MAT) said one of about 40 workers trapped inside was able to escape from the site, located in Samut Sakhon, a coastal Thai town near Bangkok commonly referred to as Mahachai.
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Malaysia turned away two vessels carrying hundreds of migrants while one boat turned up in Thai waters, as critics accused Southeast Asian governments Thursday of playing "human ping pong" with desperate boatpeople.
Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia Should Act Urgently to Save Lives
(Bangkok) – Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia should end their pushbacks of boats with Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants and asylum seekers, and instead bring them ashore and provide desperately needed aid, Human Rights Watch said today.
In 2014, the Bangkok Refugee Center closed its primary health care services, leaving over 7,000 asylum-seekers and refugees living in Bangkok without access to basic medical support. Since employment for refugees is illegal, the men, women, and children who have sought refuge in Bangkok from their countries in turmoil are unable to afford basic health care.
South East Asian governments must step up urgent search and rescue efforts to ensure that thousands of people stranded in boats are not left in dire circumstances and at risk of death, Amnesty International said, as another boat carrying hundreds of people thought to be migrants and asylum seekers in desperate conditions is currently awaiting rescue off the Thai coast.
OXFORD, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) - As Europe focuses on the migrants in the Mediterranean, another humanitarian crisis is playing out on a stretch of water between the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca in Southeast Asia. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants have been deserted by smugglers and left adrift for days without food or water. The decision by smugglers to abandon their human cargo comes after crackdowns on their activities by authorities in Thailand and Malaysia.