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Indonesia denies asylum to Rohingya survivors
The odyssey of hundreds of people who fled from Myanmar and landed in Thailand, where the army loaded them onto boats without motors and towed them onto the open sea to die. 193 survivors have arrived in Indonesia, which does not want them because they do not have the status of political refugees.
28/01/2009 THAILAND - INDONESIA
Bangkok denies refugee status to Rohingya
According to the Thai government, they are "illegal immigrants" who have no right to political asylum, and it is ordering that they be repatriated. Over the past two months, more than 550 refugees are believed to have drowned after being abandoned in international waters. On January 24, Indonesia refused entry visas for 193 refugees.
Chin refugees from Myanmar seek justice and human rights in India
Thousands of ethnic Chin march through the streets of Delhi. At least 11 thousand 500 Chin live in Delhi, having fled the brutal and systematic repression of the Burmese military authorities. The majority of them are Christians.
No aid to Burmese tsunami victims
Police pick up illegal immigrants in refugee camps to deport them. Rumours accuse them of looting damaged hotels. The government does not plan helping them.
Burmese blogger sentenced to 20 years for "mocking" General Than Shwe
According to the accusation, Nay Phone Latt offended the leader of the junta. He was a valuable source of information during the weeks of oppression against the protagonists of the "saffron revolution," in September of 2007. A poet has also been sentenced to two years in prison.
Inter-Asian meeting to solve Rohingya crisis proposed
Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh do not recognise the right of the Muslim ethnic minority to live on their territory. For Rohingya representative in Thailand Myanmar soldiers are to blame for injuries and wounds inflicted on refugees.
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