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13 Mar 2007 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Htet Aung

Burma's ruling junta plans to tighten its control of international humanitarian assistance through the creation of government-run "coordination committees," according to Rangoon-based NGO sources.

The move will directly affect all humanitarian programs run by UN agencies and international and local NGOs across the country.

07 Mar 2007 description

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 (UNHCR) - Two teenagers sip iced tea at a roadside stall in Kuala Lumpur, their conversation peppered with laughter. But despite their happy demeanour, the two young women have suffered a lot and face an uncertain future far away from their families in Myanmar.

Sarah and Rachel fled Myanmar two year ago at the age of 15 to escape a very real threat of sexual and physical abuse and they have been struggling to find their footing in Malaysia ever since.

07 Mar 2007 description

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Australia will provide over $14.4 million to help conflict-affected populations in the Asia Pacific.

Australia's International Refugee Fund will support seven new projects that help reduce the adverse impacts of crises in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, East Timor and on the Thai-Burma border.

The Fund will provide over $3.5 million to UNICEF, to upgrade school facilities and teaching in Sri Lanka; supply water, vaccinations and mine education for families in Afghanistan; and provide protection services for vulnerable refugee children on the Thai-Burma border.

A further …

07 Mar 2007 description

TEKNAF, Bangladesh, March 7 (UNHCR) - All over Bangladesh these days, bulldozers are razing shanty towns and tearing down illegal shops and roadside billboards in a clean-up drive instituted by the caretaker government as part of its state of emergency.

Now the crackdown on illegal structures threatens the miserable shacks of some 6,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar, whose riverbed settlement perches perilously beside a busy road in Teknaf, 75 kilometres south of Cox's Bazar in south-east Bangladesh.

A threat to demolish the refugees' tattered homes was averted on Wednesday, …

07 Mar 2007 description

Introduction

This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2006.

TBBC is a consortium of currently ten NGOs from eight countries working to provide food, shelter, non-food items and capacity-building support to Burmese refugees and displaced persons. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outflows. Membership is open to other NGOs with similar interests.

06 Mar 2007 description

Burma/Myanmar is facing a deepening and largely unnoticed humanitarian crisis. Although rich in natural resources the country is one of the poorest countries in Asia due to a lack of respect for fundamental freedoms and persistent inter-ethnic conflict.

01 Mar 2007 description

In January, George Rupp, president of the International Rescue Committee, led a delegation of IRC supporters and board members in a first-hand look at IRC programs in Thailand that address the humanitarian needs of refugees who have fled decades of violence and oppression in Burma.

The group visited one of the two refugee camps the IRC serves in the province of Mae Hong Son, located in the lush mountain region on the Thailand-Burma border.

In addition to overseeing health, education, and community development programs that serve 22,000 people, the IRC provides comprehensive care for …

01 Mar 2007 description
report Mizzima News

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The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced it will close down two of its field offices in Burma as part of its reduction in the organization's set-up in the country.

23 Feb 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

Overview: This report covers the period of July-November 2006 of Myanmar Red Cross achievements as a result of Federation support under the tsunami programme. This main document provides an overview and there are links under each programme heading to more detailed information if required.

21 Feb 2007 description
report Mizzima News

February 21, 2007- Preliminary talks for a ceasefire between the Chin National Front (CNF) and the Burmese military junta are likely to kick start in March, according to sources close to CNF.

An officer of the rank of a military commander would be involved in the first round of meetings with delegates from the CNF in Harkhar or Kalaymyo in Chin State .

The CNF has been active in the trijunction of the Burma India and Bangladesh border and is fighting for self-determination. It offered to hold talks, to be mediated by Reverend Chawn Kio, the former general secretary of the …

21 Feb 2007 description
report Voice of America

A U.S. human rights and environmental group accuses Burma's military government of forcing ethnic Karen out of their homes, to take over valuable mining and logging areas.

21 Feb 2007 description

The most commonly agreed upon definition of a child soldier is based on the "Cape Town Principles" from 1997 and describes a child soldier as "any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.

16 Feb 2007 description

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, issued the following statement today:

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, deeply regrets the extension, on Tuesday 14 February 2007, by one year of the house arrest of Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairman of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party.

16 Feb 2007 description
report UN News Service

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Myanmar to unconditionally release all top opposition leaders after the authorities extended the house arrest of one of them by another year.

"This will be critical in facilitating national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself," Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said in a statement.

He expressed "deep …