By Andrew D. Kaspar
Yanghee Lee arrived in Rangoon on Sunday for her sixth visit to Burma as UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country.
Her latest visit comes amid more reports of arrests and killings in restive Arakan State, and a UN press release ahead of the trip quoted Lee as saying she was “especially concerned with the escalating security situation in many parts of the country which have grave consequences for human rights in Myanmar.”
By Nang Mya Nadi
More than 150 ethnic Karenni people have been left without shelter or household supplies after their houses were razed to the ground in a fire at a refugee camp in northern Thailand.
“The fire broke out in Ward 5 of Karenni Refugee Camp (1) at around 10pm on 5 July,” said a refugee in the camp, speaking by telephone to DVB. “About 30 houses were burnt down, but another 30 homes were dismantled to prevent the fire from spreading.”
By PAING SOE / DVB
A long-term plan must be put into place for the hundreds of miners and their families who are currently sheltering in churches in the town of Tanai, some 180 kilometres northwest of Kachin state capital Myitkyina.
By NAW NOREEN / DVB
Nearly 2,500 Burmese migrants were deported yesterday from Thailand across the border to Myawaddy following a weeklong crackdown on undocumented workers.
Social welfare associations in the Burmese border town have been providing assistance to deportees. At 2pm on Thursday, the groups reported that they had recorded 2,385 Burmese migrant workers (1,457 males and 928 females) having arrived in Myawaddy on that day alone.
By NANG MYA NADI / DVB
30 June 2017
Acting on a stringent new labour law, Thai police are leading a crackdown on Burmese migrant workers. In the latest in a series of busts, two teachers at a migrant school in the border town of Mae Sot were detained on Wednesday.