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BROUK Condemns Violent Crackdown on Rohingya Refugees


Date: 19/02/2010

BROUK Condemns Violent Crackdown on Rohingya Refugees

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK strongly condemns current violent crackdown on unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.Stateless Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh due to continued persecution in their own homeland even though they have glorious past and establishment in their own country.

There are about 28,000 refugees live in official camps under the supervision of UNHCR and a few NGOs. An estimated 200,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees who are in struggling to survive have settled among the local population, in villages mostly throughout Cox’s Bazar District and in Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Today, instead of treating stateless Rohingya asylum seekers as a basis human value, they are facing arrests, push-backs, and force displacements by Bangladesh law enforcement authorities. More than 500 Rohingyas were arrested in January and the crackdown continues. Some of those arrested were pushed back across the Burmese border and others were charged under immigration legislation and sent to jail.

According to MSF report, they were being forced into a police van, beaten and finally pushed into the NafRiver , which forms the border to neighbouring Myanmar , and told to go back to their country. After hiding in the water for some time, they managed to return to the Medicines Sans Frontiers clinic for help.

Bangladesh authorities must stop the practise of forcing the unregistered Rohingya back to Burma in breach of international law.As the persecution of the Rohingya continues, and humanitarian crisis is exaggerating. We, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK urge;

  1. To the government of Bangladesh to stop immediately arrests, push-backs force displacements and to recognize undocumented Rohingya stateless asylum seekers are in need of international protection.
  2. To the government of Bangladesh to address the root cause of Rohingya flights from Arakan and to find permanent solution of Rohingya problem with the collaboration of ASEAN countries and international community.

We call upon the Burmese Military Regime SPDC to stop systematic extermination against the Rohingya ethnic minority in their own country.

Maung Tun Khin

President,

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

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Malaysia May Allow Burmese Refugees to Work


The Malaysian government is considering allowing its 80,000 refugees the opportunity to work while waiting to be resettled in third countries, according to a leading Malaysian news agency.

Kuala Lumpur-based The Star reported on Feb. 22 that the Malaysian Home Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are expected to discuss the issue following calls from many sectors asking the government to allow the country’s refugees––the vast majority of whom are Burmese the opportunity to work.

While noting that the refugees’ stay in the country is considered temporary, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hisham-muddin Tun Hussein said, “The suggestion might work, but we need to look at it from all angles. The implications need to be made known before we decide. My ministry can’t decide on this alone. We will engage the Foreign Ministry and probably even foreign missions as well as other relevant authorities to get their views.”

Several parties, including the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, have called on the Malaysian government to allow refugees to work, particularly in “labor-strapped sectors,” instead of importing more foreign workers.

According to The Star, the move “would help to overcome the worker shortage and, at the same time, gain Malaysia international recognition as a humane country.”

Yante Ismail, a spokesperson for the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Malaysia, told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday: “The UNHCR is pleased to hear that the government of Malaysia is considering allowing refugees to work while they are here in Malaysia.

“We believe that this is in the long-term humanitarian, economic and security interest of Malaysia, and consistent with Malaysia’s own humanitarian tradition in helping those in need. We look forward to supporting the government of Malaysia in this initiative,” she said.

Oug Kar Mon, a Mon refugee, said, “There are many Burmese refugees here who don’t have enough food because they don’t dare go out to find work. The Malaysian government’s latest plan might help us to get out from under this problem.”

On Feb. 1, The New Straits Times, which is also based in the Malaysian capital, reported that Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam had announced that the government will issue identification cards to refugees registered with the UNHCR.

“I have never heard of such a large-scale plan for refugees before,” said Khaing Myo Thu, a refugee from Arakan State.

However, rights groups claim that Malaysian police have arrested and detained many Burmese refugees even though they were in possession of refugee cards from the UNHCR. In several cases, Burmese refugees have said that the authorities ripped up their ID cards in front of them before arresting them. Rights groups say that refugees are not provided enough food and water and have little living space in detention camps.

As of January, there were 79,300 refugees and asylum seekers registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia, some 90 percent of whom were Burmese––mostly Chin and Rohingya ethnic minorities.

The UNHCR said a large number of Burmese migrants, perhaps 30,000, remain unregistered in Malaysia.

The UNHCR said they will continue to push for long-term solutions for all refugees, including finding them homes in third countries and helping them return home safely.

Burmese refugees have been sent from Malaysia to third countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

The Malaysian government has cooperated with the UNHCR on humanitarian grounds since 1975 even though Malaysia has not signed the UN Convention Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

US Must Admit More Rohingya Refugees


Source: Irrawaddy 11st Jan 2010,

Jhora Khatul crouches on the bamboo floor, while curious neighbors, friends and family swarm into the darkened room to hear her story. The room is soon packed and full of smoke from the make-shift kitchen, making it hard to breathe.
As Jhora begins her story, there are nods of recognition; her fellow refugees share the same experiences. Jhora has been living for more than one month with 12 family members in this small hut in Leda camp, Bangladesh.
Jhora is an unregistered Rohingya refugee. She fled to Bangladesh after her family’s farm in Burma was ransacked, their livestock confiscated and her husband tortured. Since then, she says, life in Bangladesh has been “day-to-day…there is no future to plan.”
Her husband works as a day laborer, but she says the little money he earns is never enough to feed the family, which often goes to bed at night fighting hunger pains.
For many Rohingya refugees like Jhora, the decision to flee to Bangladesh was a difficult one. Since 1982, the Rohingya have been deprived of citizenship in Burma, meaning they are not protected by national laws and their basic human rights are severely restricted.
Burma’s Rohingya need permission to marry or travel. They have been prohibited from practicing their Muslim faith, and they are denied access to public education and health facilities.
Because of these dismal conditions the Rohingya are fleeing to countries such as Bangladesh or taking risky, often life-threatening journeys by boat to Malaysia and Thailand seeking refuge from persecution. Once in these countries of asylum, their options are still restricted because of their status as refugees.
One refugee said: “We have nothing here in Bangladesh. Our needs are not met here. We can’t really work or live in Bangladesh, but we also can’t return to Myanmar [Burma].”
As a nation that nominally respects global human rights, Bangladesh has a duty to protect and provide basic services for the Rohingya refugees, and for decades Dakha has been doing so.
Opportunities for integration are restricted, however.
Denied the right to work and facing extreme restrictions on engaging in wage-earning activities, the Rohingya are completely dependent on aid. Such assistance, however, is insufficient to meet their basic needs for security, health care, sanitation and primary education.
Because the situation is likely to persist, there must be a more long-term solution. The Rohingya will continue to be dependent on aid, incurring increasing costs for Bangladesh and international donors unless there is progress towards integration that allows the Rohingya to engage in legal wage-earning employment or income-generating activities.
A durable solution to the displacement of the Rohingya cannot come from Bangladesh alone, however. The US, in particular, should further integrate the Rohingya into its refugee resettlement program.
Far fewer Rohingya are resettled than other Burmese refugees. In 2008, the US resettled 17,000 Burmese refugees, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Rohingya were admitted to the program—and even then only a few families found new homes in the US.
Although resettlement cannot be the only solution for the Rohingya, it is a critical factor in seeking a long-term solution to their displacement through the offer of citizenship. Further resettlement of the Rohingya in the US would demonstrate Washington’s commitment to seek durable solutions for refugees and provide opportunities for Dakha to support integration and programs that promote self-reliance.

The choice between living in a Bangladesh refugee camp or in Burma under a hostile regime is, as one refugee said, like having to decide whether to “jump into the river or the sea”.
The Rohingya have been subject to this dilemma for decades; the choice between languishing inside the confines of a refugee camp, living without documentation or legal protection in a foreign country, or existing under a regime that not only refuses to recognize them as citizens but systematically persecutes them.
It is a difficult decision for the Rohingya to seek refuge by crossing borders, but Bangladesh and the US, as nations that respect human rights, have a duty to protect the persecuted.
K. Crabtree qualified in International Law from New York University, and has conducted field research with the Rohingya refugees in the Kutupalong and Leda refugee camps in Bangladesh. Her research has been published in Forced Migration Review and will soon appear in the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. As a US Peace Corps volunteer she worked in Gazipur and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Pressures Rohingya after EU Visit


Source: Irrawaddy 22nd Feb 2010,

BANGKOK — The Bangladesh authorities have renewed arrests and pushback of Rohingya refugees in the days following the departure of a European parliamentary (MEP) delegation from the region bordering Burma.
This comes despite a resolution asking that the arrests and deportations be ended and similar calls from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on the ground.
According to The Arakan Project, 68 Rohingya have been arrested by the Bangladeshi police and security forces since the MEPs left the country. Eight persons were put in jail with the remainder sent back to Burma, in violation of the principle of non refoulement which says that refugees should not be sent back to the country from where they fled without their consent and without guarantees for their security and rights
Arakan Project Director Chris Lewa told The Irrawaddy, “After the MEPs left, makeshift camp residents felt more secure and started going out of the camp to find work.” However, it appears that a police checkpoint that had been removed during the MEP visit was reinstalled in the meantime, and arrests have resumed.
Of the more than 230,0000 Rohingya thought to have fled to Bangladesh from Burma, only 28,000 are registered as refugees.
The UN refugee agency is restricted to working with those refugees recogized by Dhaka. Speaking to The Irrawaddy, spokeswoman Kitty McKinsey said that UNCHR does not have a presence along the border and is unable to verify the arrests and push-backs since the MEP departure.
European parliamentarians and NGOs had previously called on the Bangladeshi government to cease “an unprecedented crackdown” on Rohingya refugees, now settled outside the two official camps in Cox’s Bazaar District near the Burmese border.
In recent months, around 30,000 Rohingya have gathered to form an unofficial camp at Kutupalong in the impoverished Cox’s Bazaar district of Bangladesh. They have sought safety in numbers to evade arrest and deportation back into Burma.
According to The Arakan Project, the MEP delegation visited Kutupalong official camp and the makeshift camp on the morning of Feb. 15 amid tight police security. They first toured the official refugee camp, before meeting with some makeshift camp residents. In the unofficial camp, refugees handed over petitions to the parliamentarians, despite warnings from the security forces not to attempt any form of demonstration. The group left Bangladesh on Feb. 17.
When approached by The Irrawaddy for an interview, the MEP delegation was unavailable to speak. However, an official pointed out that a European parliamentary resolution adopted on Feb. 11 stated that the government of Bangladesh must “immediately cease arrests, push-backs and forced displacement of the unregistered Rohingya population.” The resolution urged Dhaka “to recognize that the unregistered Rohingya are stateless asylum seekers who fled persecution in Myanmar [Burma] and are in need of international protection; and to provide them with adequate protection, access to livelihood and other basic services.”
Some analysts believe that the Rohingya refugee issue must be resolved first and foremost within Burma, where they are not recognized as an ethnic group and denied citizenship.
McKinsey told The Irrawaddy that “the root of the Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar,” but added that “the government has asked UNHCR to expand our work in the region, so people do not feel that they have to leave the country.” Since April 2009, the UN refugee agency has supplemented its work in northern Rakhine state to include bridge and hostel construction projects which aim to make life easier for Rohingya.

UN Rights Envoy Visits Burma


Source: Irrawaddy news, 15th Feb 2010

RANGOON — A top United Nations envoy arrives in Burma on Monday following the release from detention of the still-defiant deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party.
Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintanais expected to meet several key ministers in the country’s administrative capital of Naypyitaw and members of the opposition during his five-day visit. He is also to tour Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison and another prison in the northwestern state of Arakan (Rakhine).
Quintana said in a statement last week that it would be important to meet with political party leaders in the context of this year’s landmark elections, which he described as “a critical time” for the people of Burma. He requested a meeting with the Nobel Prize winner Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest, and will evaluate progress on human rights Burma.
The NLD spokesman Nyan Win said the party welcomed the UN envoy’s visit since gross human rights violations were continuing. “His visit won’t be able to totally address the human rights issue but the visit can certainly cover human rights abuses,” Nyan Win said.
Criticized by the international community for its human rights abuses, the regime on Saturday released 82-year-old Tin Oo, who helped found the National League for Democracy with Suu Kyi, after nearly seven years of prison and house arrest.
“I am not happy with my freedom. I am very sorry about my colleagues who are still serving time in prisons,” Tin Oo told reporters Sunday while praying for their early release at Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda.
Human rights groups say the junta holds some 2,100 political prisoners..
Tin Oo, a one-time defense minister, said he would continue to work for democracy, serving as vice chairman of the league and coordinating political activities with Suu Kyi and the party’s 20-member Central Executive Committee.
In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Tin Oo’s release and said he hoped it would promote “substantive dialogue” between the league and the government. He also urged the lifting of restrictions on Suu Kyi “without further delay” and the release of other political prisoners.
Tin Oo said he was “very hopeful” Suu Kyi would also soon be released, noting in 1995 he was released from an earlier stint in prison not long before Suu Kyi herself was set free.
Tin Oo said he would ask authorities to allow him to visit Suu Kyi, and thanked the United Nations, European Union and others for pressing for his release from detention, during which the junta tried to isolate him as much as possible. His telephone line was cut but he was allowed a radio.
“Thanks to the sweetness of the democratic media, I never lost touch with the world,” he said.
Suu Kyi herself has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years. Her house arrest was extended in August by an additional 18 months, which would prevent her from taking part in the first national elections in 20 years. The government says the vote will be held in 2010.
Suu Kyi’s party won the last elections in 1990 by a landslide, but the military, which has ruled Burma since 1962, refused to cede power. Suu Kyi’s party has not yet decided whether to take part in the upcoming elections.. Quintana said during the visit, his third to Burma, he would press for the release of political prisoners, review progress on reform within the armed forces and check on the revision of domestic laws to ensure compliance with international human rights standards.

Security Concerns Dampen Chinese New Year Festivities in Rangoon


Source: Irrawaddy news, 13th Feb 2010

RANGOON—As the Chinese New Year approaches, Rangoon’s Chinatown and Maha Bandoola Rd are full of dark red signs welcoming the coming Year of the Tiger.
In almost every department store, mini-mart and beer store, more signs offers special discounts and lotteries to mark the most important occasion on the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

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Despite the crowds in Rangoon’s Chinatown, this year’s New Year’s festivities have done little to boost sales. (Photo: Aung Thet Wine)

Full of people and smoke from noisy diesel-powered generators, Chinatown, in Rangoon’s Latha Township, is almost awash in a sea of red, the most auspicious color in Chinese culture.
But at the same time, there is a streak of white running down the street—painted iron barriers to separate pedestrians and sidewalk vendors from the flow of traffic along the busy road.
It is past 6 pm, and on Maha Bandoola Rd, vendors are trying to position themselves for what they hope will be a night of brisk sales, using wooden boxes, plastic chairs and umbrellas to stake their claim to the best spots on the sidewalk.
At the same time, municipal policemen in their faded blue uniforms are watching them closely. The vendors, who have been waiting all year for this opportunity to make a quick profit during the New Year’s festivities, look disappointed by the heavy security presence.
Normally, shops and vendors selling traditional Chinese goods would have many customers right now. But this year, the mood is very different, because the authorities have banned the three-day festival that usually takes place the week before the Chinese New Year due to concerns that Union Day, which happened to fall in the same week this year, could spark protests and even bombings.

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Many shops selling traditional Chinese New Year’s items are in the red this year because of poor sales. (Photo: Aung Thet Wine)

The festival, which is held on Maha Bandoola Rd from Latha Township to Lanmadaw Rd, features numerous stalls that remain open 24 hours a day. It is especially popular with Burmese of Chinese descent, who come here to buy everything they need to celebrate the New Year.
“We always purchase incense, meat, fish and traditional Chinese goods at this festival,” said one 50-year-old Chinese man living on Rangoon’s 29th Street. “It’s very disappointing that we can’t do that this year.”
Street vendors also feel frustrated by the festival ban, because they are only allowed to sell goods along the sidewalks on Maha Bandoola Rd only after 6 pm.
A Rangoon-based Chinese businessman told The Irrawaddy that the ban on the Chinese New Year festival was religious persecution.
“This festival is not like a promotional event organized by companies. It is a place for selling various Chinese New Year-related items and is thus important for every Chinese. It’s unfair that it has been banned..”
Daw Tin Wai, a fruit seller in her 50s, sighs as she complains that she has not been able to recoup the money she spent setting up a stall to sell to New Year’s shoppers.
“The New Year is just two days away, but I still haven’t recovered my capital. There have been fewer customers than usual, and they just aren’t buying as much,” she said.
She said she invested around 800,000 kyat (US $800) for her stall, where she sells a variety of fruits, including durian, oranges and watermelons.. So far, she said, has made just over half that amount and was worried that she would end up losing money.
“During the New Year’s festival last year, I sold 1,700,000 kyat ($1,700) worth of fruit in three days. But since there has been no festival this year, I doubt I will be able to break even,” she said.
She was not alone. Many street vendors and shop owners in Chinatown had the same experience.
“Sales are not very good this year,” said a Chinese garment shop owner.

Welcome to European Parliament Resolution on Burma


Press Statement

Date: February 13, 2010

Welcome to European Parliament Resolution on Burma

We undersigned organizations warmly solute the European Parliament Resolution of February 09, 2010 on Burma ’s sham election in this year (2010) which cannot be free and fair by any mean.

Resolution is really supportive for the interest of entire Burmese people regardless of race, religion, color and culture as it has supported the tri-partite dialogue, while bring strong condemnations on the ongoing and systematic tyranny and violations of human rights, fundamental and basic democratic rights and freedoms for the people of Burma.

Deeply expression of European parliament over their concerns about continuous discrimination, human rights violations, violence, displacement and economic deprivation affecting numerous ethnic minorities, particularly the ethnic Rohingya minority of northern Arakan State brought a real facts for the information of the world, while calling the Burmese military Government to take immediate action to bring about an improvement in their respective situations.

The call of European Union Parliament towards Bangladesh Government to immediately ceasing ongoing arrests, push-backs and forced displacement of the unregistered Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban Districts; to recognize that the unregistered Rohingyas are stateless asylum seekers who fled persecution in Myanmar and are in need of international protection; and to provide them with adequate protection, access to livelihood and other basic services.

Indeed, the Rohingyas are the worst victims of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Burma, including denial of citizenship rights, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, education and marriage, forced relocation, forced eviction, model village settlement, engagement of forced labor, forced extermination and etc. These are the crimes against humanity which are undeniably considered as ‘slow-burning genocide’ and that forced the Rohingyas to leave their ancestral homeland in order to find a safe territory where they can live in peace and harmony with adequate protection.

By these options, we would like to request the Muslim Worlds, particularly, the Governments of Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to kindly treat the Rohingyas humanely, addressing the root causes of their plights to concerned quarter with proper channels, while stopping all sorts of impractical declaration which never get in implementation and that kind of commitment is totally against AL-QURAN and SUNNAH.

At the end we express our sincere gratitude towards European Parliament for adopting time resolution on Burma and that is really appreciated for the entire persecuted Rohingya people both in home and exile to get channel of advocacy for their causes.

The statement is endorsed by:

1. National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR) exile, HQ based in USA

2. Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF), Arakan-Burma

3. Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC), Malaysia

4. World Rohingya Congress (WRC), USA

5. Myanmar Muslim Council (MMC), KSA

6. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization (CBRO)

7. Arakan Rohingya Ulama Council (ARUC), Arakan

8. Arakan Rohingya Organization – Japan (JARO)

For further information, please contact at:

1- Aung Naing (Tel:+60163094599)

2- Kyaw Soe Aung (Tel: + 414 – 7364273)

2010 Regional Internship Program for Myanmar Nationals! 3 Attachments


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Internships Asia is pleased to announce the launch the first intake of the 2010 Regional Internship Program for Myanmar Nationals!

This year, our Regional Internship Program has been redesigned to target development professionals currently working with organizations (preferably) in the country of Myanmar. This redesign will allow organizations to benefit from this program as much as the participants. And as always, individuals will be accepted as interns to work with organizations around the region for a duration of three to six months. Through each placement, interns will develop new knowledge and skills, enabling participants to grow academically and professionally.

Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to return to their home organizations to put to use the knowledge and skills developed during their internships.

IA has also redesigned its website to provide more information about our program, so please visit www.internshipsasia .org for more information. Additionally, you can now apply directly to specific placements found advertised on our website*.

The application deadline is Friday, March 12, 2010, and internship placements are scheduled to begin in May.

Attached you will find the internship overview, application and the internship recommendation form**. If you have any questions about these documents, or the program in general, please e-mail apply.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to working with you.

Most sincerely,

Our Staff

www.internshipsasia .org

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Escalated List of Rohingya Refugees Arrested in Year 2009


By James,

Please click to see “Escalated List of Rohingya Refugees Arrested in Year 2009”  Escalated List of Rohingya Refugee Detained in Year 2009-PDF

This is only escalated list from Rohingya organizations and the numbers could be more in fact because many were not reported nor, escalated.

For example, a group of Burmese refugees about 60 persons were deported to Thai-border from Pekan Nenas detention camp of Johor in July 2009. One of them was a Rohingya, Mr Liyakat said about dozen Rohingya refugees were involved in the group. He was arrested from a restaurant where he worked in Kulai-Johor in Feb 2009.  During deportation Immigration told them, “we are not selling you, you all are free now and you couldn’t make complaint anymore because we had video record of not handed-over to the agent”. He said that it was true that immigratio had not sold them but the trafficker agent’s people awaited us and captured us in Thai-side.

The Sail committed to escalate more details..

Rightful Decision in Right Time


Ref: 10-2/001

Date: February 4, 2010

Press Release:

Rightful Decision in Right Time

“Identification Cards to Refugees”

We at the Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC), Malaysia warmly salute the decision of the Malaysian Government for issuing identification card for UN Conventional Refugees.

Indeed, the timely decision brought a fair process for all refugees from different countries regardless of race, religion, color and cultural orientation but feel confusion about the future of Rohingya refugees.

However, we expect for a better management at refugees’ concerned quarter in bringing fairness in services and process and that should not bring confusion by any mean. These tasks will be acceptable for every quarter.

Base on this, we hope that the Government of Malaysia will monitor the matter of Rohingya refugees in this country; whether they are fairly treated or/and equally accessed in every process which is much more important than classification.

In many occasions, they Rohingya refugees are allegedly separated with many groups and thus their representation is not welcome but the reason behind is that they are not given equal opportunities anywhere. Therefore, they are trying their level best to find ways from various platforms, showing strong solidarity on common issues likely in finding permanent solution and advocating their causes without any condition.

Besides, the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia expect advocacy facilities from the Government of Malaysia and that may work in proper way to ensure their legal status and to end their plight.

It may be mentioned here that there were 1300 registered Rohingya refugees in 2008, which was considered as largest group in Malaysia. But by the end of October 2009, about 67,800 refugees and asylum-seekers were registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia. Of them, 62,000 are refugees from Burma, comprising 28,100 Chin, 16,100 Rohingya, 3,700 Burmese Muslims, 2,900 Kachin and other ethnic minorities.

We hope that the Government will take more effective measures to speed up a process to end refugee phenomena through their resettlement to third countries and assisting the concerned refugee agency to register all undocumented asylum seekers in accordance with article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

MOHAMMAD SADEK

Program Coordinator

ARRC, Malaysia

Tel: +6016-3094599

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