It is believed the three Chinese men were stopped and searched by Burmese soldiers, who suspected they may be spies after viewing pictures on their phones.
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Karen villagers are again in limbo on the Thai-Burmese border, having fled conflict in eastern Burma.
Thailand’s authorities have banned Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burmese border from leaving their camps, while they conduct a census to determine the exact number of refugees living in the country.
Friday is World Refugee Day and on the Thai-Burmese border some 120,000 people are living in refugee camps, but Thai military officials have indicated that the repatriation of refugees may not be a distant prospect.
Thai security officials meet in Mae Sot to discuss how refugees from Burma living in camps by the Thai-Burmese border can be repatriated.
January 24 saw a US state department freeze on fresh refugee visa applications from Burmese people displaced in Thailand. Some 73,000 Burmese refugees have been settled in the US since[…]
Temporary houses are being built in Kinchaung village in the restive northern Arakanese town of Maungdaw; but they are not for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence – this time the emergency shelters are for Arakanese Buddhist refugees who have escaped persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The United Nations refugee agency has released a report that coincides with World Refugee Day, that says there are now more refugees in the world than there were nearly 20[…]