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    Two arrested in connection with 7 smuggled Rohingya

Two arrested in connection with 7 smuggled Rohingya

Nakhon Si Thammarat police yesterday arrested two individuals on suspicion of being involved in the smuggling into Thailand of seven Rohingya who were earlier detained in Thung Song district. Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said the arrests were made after the Thung Song Provincial Court on Friday approved the warrants. Pol Col Kritsana did not divulge the identities of the two suspects or say

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    Authorities’ Greed of Bribe Set Sea Route Free for Human Traffickers

Authorities’ Greed of Bribe Set Sea Route Free for Human Traffickers

By Rohingya Vision TV Correspondents | 29th December 2017 Phauktaw: Burmese Authorities greed for bribe set the sea route for Human traffickers in trafficking Rohingyas to Malaysia in villages of Phauktaw Township today (29th December 2017), reports a local. Around 100 villagers from village of Sin Tat Maw village track have been trapped by a few traffickers whom are confirmed to be on sail towards Malaysia in the evening today.

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    Myanmar: Rohingya trafficking victims nabbed in Yangon

Myanmar: Rohingya trafficking victims nabbed in Yangon

Myanmar authorities have arrested 17 Rohingya Muslims who were smuggled from troubled western Arakan (Rakhine) State to the country’s commercial capital Yangon, an official said Sunday. A police officer in Yangon told Anadolu Agency, “we arrested 17 Bengalis from Rakhine in Yangon yesterday” — referring to the Arakanese Rohingyas. Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar in droves since mid-2012 after state sponsored violence broke out in Arakan (Rakhine) by Buddhists on

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    Anti-human trafficking mechanism adopted in Indonesia

Anti-human trafficking mechanism adopted in Indonesia

JAKARTA – An international forum aimed at combatting human trafficking agreed Wednesday to establish a regional mechanism to handle issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees, less than a year after a boat people crisis in Southeast Asia. In May last year, thousands of people — mostly Bangladeshis and persecuted Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar — became stranded at sea after Thailand launched a crackdown on human trafficking. According to the

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    Indonesia says Bali Process failure on refugee crisis “must not happen again”

Indonesia says Bali Process failure on refugee crisis “must not happen again”

BALI – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has issued a blunt warning that the failure of the key regional forum on people smuggling to address the refugee crisis in South-east Asia last year “must not happen again”. “As we observed last May 2015, the Bali Process was unable to address sudden movements of irregular migration in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal,” said Ms Retno, who co-chaired the

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    Around 25,000 Rohingya left Myanmar camps in past year – U.N.

Around 25,000 Rohingya left Myanmar camps in past year – U.N.

BANGKOK – Around 25,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority group have left camps for displaced people in western Myanmar and returned to the communities they fled during state sponsored violence in 2012, the United Nations said on Monday. The number of people still in camps has fallen to around 120,000 from 145,000 in Arakan (Rakhine) State, Vivian Tan, regional spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency, told Reuters. The move

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    Julie Bishop begins Indonesia visit

Julie Bishop begins Indonesia visit

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has begun her visit to Indonesia with a colourful visit to a Jakarta primary school. Ms Bishop was greeted by a small troupe of fan-swirling dancing school girls on Monday, adorned in red and gold at the school in Menteng, Central Jakarta. It marks the beginning of a three-day visit in which she will meet her Indonesian counterpart, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, formally open Australia’s new

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    Treatment of Burma Refugees Spotlighted Ahead of Thai Rights Review

Treatment of Burma Refugees Spotlighted Ahead of Thai Rights Review

Seven international human rights groups on Wednesday urged the Thai government to better protect the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking in the Southeast Asian country, which has for years been dogged by criticism for its handling of these populations, including many Burmese. A joint statement from the organizations released in Bangkok on Wednesday said the Thai government “should commit to concrete actions to respect, protect,

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    Illegal routes into Thailand still open and in use

Illegal routes into Thailand still open and in use

PADANG BESAR – The lane starts deep inside the forest behind a rubber tree estate in Felcra Lubuk Sireh. It takes an hour and a half to get there on a motorcycle. Walking there will take four hours. Then, it’s a leisurely 45-minute walk. After that, you are in Thailand, in a village known as Ban Telok. Nine months after the crackdown on human trafficking camps along the border, illegal

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    UNHCR calls for safer alternatives to deadly Bay of Bengal voyages

UNHCR calls for safer alternatives to deadly Bay of Bengal voyages

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andreas Needham – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 23 February 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. A new UNHCR report has found that mixed maritime movements in South-East Asia were three times more deadly than in the Mediterranean last year – highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation among

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