Tag Archives: Myanmar

UNHCR alarmed at reports of boat pushbacks in South-east Asia

The UN refugee agency is extremely alarmed at reports suggesting that Indonesia and Malaysia may have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh. On Monday the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a boat out to sea, although it is not clear if this represents a change in the government’s policy. Yesterday Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency announced that it would not let foreign ships dock unless they are unseaworthy and sinking. Continue reading

Australia’s detention of 46 refugees ‘cruel and degrading’

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre outside Sydney, Australia. Photo: IRINAustralia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases. The Geneva-based Human Rights Committee said Australia should release the Continue reading

UN appeals for dialogue following IDP violence in Myanmar

A young girl in Myanmar's Rakhine State. UNHCR has appealed for measures to prevent more violence following the latest clashes with IDPs.UNHCR on Tuesday called for measures to prevent further violence in the wake of the latest clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “The clashes last Friday have left one man dead and about 10 people injured,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva. Continue reading

UN expert greets abolition of notorious border security force in Myanmar, Rakhine State and calls for accountability

Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, briefs correspondents on human rights in the context of upcoming elections in Myanmar, the first to be held in that country in more than two decades. 21 October 2010 United Nations, New YorkThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today welcomed the abolition of Nasaka, the notorious border security force operating in Rakhine State. He urged the authorities to investigate and hold accountable those members of the force responsible for human rights abuses. Continue reading

UN calls on Myanmar to accelerate release of child soldiers

Many children who once worked for armed groups need reintegration help, according to children's rights NGOs. Photo: Naresh Newar/IRINThe United Nations has welcomed the release of 42 children by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for accelerating the discharge of remaining children within the ranks of the army. The children were released to their families on Sunday in the presence of senior Government officials as well as representatives from the UN Children’s Fund Continue reading

Myanmar must tackle discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities

A mother and her child in Kyon Da, a village on the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar. Kyon Da underwent recovery and reconstruction work following the aftermath of May 2008's Cyclone Nargis. 04 July 2009 Kyon Da, MyanmarUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged the government of Myanmar to devote urgent attention to tackling the continuing discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities in the country, warning that failure to act could undermine the reform process. “Myanmar today can act as a source of inspiration by Continue reading

Myanmar authorities must do more to curb abuses against the Rohingya

A Rohingya woman and her child at a makeshift camp outside Sittwe in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. Photo: IRINThe fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident. Continue reading

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fundThe United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. This is the third allocation of funds from CERF for urgent humanitarian  Continue reading