Enote 124                                                      September 25, 2016

The News from Southeast Asia
Dear Friends,

Lately people have been asking me about what's going on with the refugees from Burma these days. What with the National League for Democracy now in control and rumors of detente between the military and the people there would seem to be good reason for optimism.

I'd first like to point out that our website has a news page. Just go to our home page and scroll down until you find the News button and click, or try this. You can find articles from the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR, the Karen Human Rights Group KHRG, the Irrawaddy (a journal of news on Burma), and Digg This! which has been focused on Refugees and Human rights reporting from Amnesty International.

I first found a very heartening article on the UNHCR site which reported that Thailand has granted citizenship to 18,000 stateless people. Of course that only reduces the number of stateless people within its borders to 443,862. You can find the complete articles of all the stories I mention simply by clicking on the pictures taken from those articles.

Girl Receiving Thai Citizenship

The Irrawaddy has an article on Aung San Suu Kyi speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. The problem with citizenship for the Rohingyas remains unresolved and was not mentioned there. I didn't put in a picture for this article but you can read it here.

They also report on continued fighting between the Kachin people and the army of Burma, a conflict that has created many new refugees in that part of China which borders Burma. They show this picture.

KIA fighting

But perhaps the most shocking article was reported by Amnesty International in Digg This! Amnesty International describes torture of refugee children in Nauru, an island off the coast of Australia and in the Don Dale Detention Center in Darwin, Australia.

Boy in Don Dale Detention center, Darwin

These of course are just a few of the many articles available from these jourmals.

Taken as a whole they suggest it will be a very long time before the nations of southeast asia treat their refugees and sometimes even their citizens with respect and decency. And I suspect that many of the refugees from Burma will not return until that happens.

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Best Wishes to all,