For more than 20 years, refugees from Burma have been fleeing to Thailand to seek refuge from the practices of human rights abuse, forced labour, arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing, carried out by the authoritarian regime in Burma. Of the hundreds of thousands of Burmese who currently reside in Thailand, some 150,000 live in refugee camps, where opportunities for durable solutions to their protracted displacement have, until recently, been scarce.
1.1 This 'Comprehensive Plan Addressing the Needs of Displaced Persons on the Thailand/Myanmar (Burma) Border in 2007/8' has been prepared by the Committee for the Coordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand (CCSDPT) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office in Bangkok.
1.2 The first CCSDPT/ UNHCR Comprehensive Plan was for 2006 and was drawn up through a participatory process during 2005. It was presented to the Royal Thai Government (RTG) at a workshop in December that year.