The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) strongly condemns the Indian Government’s recent decision to forcibly remove seven Rohingya refugees from India back to Myanmar. Occurring on 4 October 2018, the deportation followed an unsuccessful eleventh hour plea to the Supreme Court to halt the forcible return. Labeled incorrectly by the Indian Government as “illegal immigrants”, the seven men were handed over to Myanmar authorities at a border crossing in Manipur in northeast India.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is deeply concerned about UNHCR’s recent decision to implement a policy to end refugee status of Chin refugees from Myanmar. This policy, announced by UNHCR on 13 June 2018 will affect approximately 30,140 Chin refugees currently residing in Malaysia and a further 3,000 living in India. This change, if implemented, may result in many people being unfairly stripped of their refugee status and potentially returned to a country where their life is in danger.
Index: ASA 05/8971/2018
30 August 2018
JOINT OPEN LETTER TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM LEADERS AND OBSERVERS IN THE CONTEXT OF AUSTRALIA’S ABUSIVE OFFSHORE REFUGEE PROCESSING POLICY
As a network committed to the advancement of refugee rights, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Korean Government to protect the more than 500 Yemeni individuals currently seeking asylum on Jeju Island, South Korea. In addition, APRRN is alarmed by several reports coming out of South Korea regarding a national xenophobic backlash, expressed with bitter hostility through an online campaign that calls for the expulsion of refugees.
Bangkok, 26 June 2018, 10:00: On 30 of June 2018, the government-issued Proof of Registration (PoR) cards for Afghan refugees in Pakistan will again expire. This will be the third such expiry in 2018 alone. The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Pakistan Government to provide a long-term extension for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) continues to have serious concerns over the severe lack of protection available to refugees upon returning to Afghanistan. According to local and international NGOs based in Afghanistan, returning refugees face a wide array of complex issues both immediately upon, and long-after their return. This includes but is not limited to: employment, land access, education, identification (Tazkira card), threats from warlords and Islamic State of Khorasan Province, child marriage and terrorism.
Bangkok, 16 February 2018, 14:30: On 13 February 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Justice released a preliminary press release of their asylum processing statistics for 2017. These figures revealed an astounding 99.9% rejection rate of all applications.
Urgent APRRN Statement
Stop Persecuting the Persecuted: Australia must Provide Safety and Long-Term Solutions to Refugees on Manus Island
The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Building Capacity for Rapid and Predictable Humanitarian Response
We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.
(Bangkok) – The Australian Government must urgently work with its Cambodian counterparts to halt the imminent return of a group of 36 Montagnard refugees to Vietnam. With the group facing almost certain arrest and persecution upon return, the Australian Government has an ethical obligation to do everything in its power to stop such action.
Jointly submitted by
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
Statement of Purpose
This report is the collaboration of Save the Children and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network with funding support from the Oak Foundation.
Stop the Eviction of Rohingyas in Jammu
Taipei, 26 April 2017, 10.00: This week civil society and refugee experts from across Asia met with the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to promote the passage of Taiwan’s pending draft refugee legislation. The objective of the trip was to show international solidarity and support for the development of Taiwan’s refugee protection system.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of Pakistan to act immediately to provide protection to registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Local media reports from across Pakistan highlight a recent spike in harassment, arbitrary arrest and bribery by law enforcement agencies towards Afghan refugees. In addition, during 2016 more than 300,000 refugees were forced to return to Afghanistan. They have been forced to return to live in insecure and vulnerable conditions.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of India to act immediately to provide protection to Rohingya refugees living in Jammu. Since November 2016, Rohingya living in Jammu have increasingly been subject to a campaign of negative propaganda and actions by local right wing hindu political party leaders and residents. This includes forced evictions, slow genocidal and hate campaigns, demonstrations, and restrictions on Rohingya attending their places of work.
Bangkok, 10 February 2017
On 8 February 2017, Pakistan state media reported that Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan have had their legal stay extended until the end of December 2017. The previous deadline for Afghan refugees to return to Afghanistan was 31st of March 2017. While this extension is welcome news to the international community and refugees themselves, it does not provide this vulnerable group with the long-term certainty of residence or protection that they require.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is submitting this briefing paper in advance of the 11th Senior Officials' Meeting of the Bali Process Ad Hoc Group. As a civil society network of nearly 300 members dedicated to protecting refugees, we are offering our analysis on the progress made since the Andaman Sea “crisis” in 2015.