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Man threatens suicide outside UN

A Sri Lankan man threatened self-immolation in front of the United Nations office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue on Tuesday afternoon as he demanded asylum in the United States.



Kaevanumtam Devakumar, 37, who was with his wife and four children, a son and three daughters, went to the gate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office to demand they be allowed refuge in the US. 



Mr Devekumar, who looked highly tense, soaked himself with…
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Added by ZIRC on February 14, 2012 at 8:17pm — No Comments

Wake up Malaysia

Tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are at undue risk of being arrested arrest in the upcoming raids all over Malaysia.

On Saturday afternoon, Feb 11, at the beautiful Central Market and Kota Raya in downtown Kuala Lumpur, while many tourists and locals shopped, more than 100 people (including illegal migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees) were arrested for illegally working.

Just 20 minutes after the arrests were finished, one looking at the market would…

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Added by ZIRC on February 14, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Myanmar reforms trigger calls for Malaysia's refugee ratification

Myanmar reforms trigger calls for Malaysia's refugee ratification


Mahi Ramakrishnan, Press TV, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia's human rights activists say that Malaysia must now ratify the…
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Added by ZIRC on February 9, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Helping refugees in Malaysia find sanctuary with the right words

Helping refugees in Malaysia find sanctuary with the right words


Ngun Si (Myanmar and ROK) was a UNV Interpreter with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from…
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Added by ZIRC on January 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Special Needs Education" Training for Refugee Teachers

 

It was a day of fun and learning for 22 refugee teachers who participated in a Special Needs Education training in Kuala Lumpur on 9 January 2011. The training, held for the second time, was voluntarily conducted by Linda Amrane Cooper and Nassima Hassan from the Cass School of Education and Communication at the University of East London (UEL).

 

"There are over 100…

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Added by ZIRC on January 11, 2012 at 2:29am — No Comments

Burmese refugee runs store

WATERLOO, Iowa — As the ethnic makeup of Black Hawk County changes, so does the diversity of the business climate.

About a year-and-a-half after the first Burmese refugees came to Waterloo for work, the first Burmese business has opened its doors.

Zaw Min…

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Added by ZIRC on January 9, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments

Refugees flee Burma military assault

Church compounds are overflowing with refugees from the area of fighting between Burmese government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA/KIO), reports People In Need.

Kachin refugees flee fighting between KIA and government troops.…

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Added by ZIRC on January 7, 2012 at 3:37am — No Comments

Burmese refugees face life in limbo

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Added by ZIRC on January 4, 2012 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinnawatra



Dear Your Excellency Prime Minister Yingluck Shinnawatra,



We, the undersigned members of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, are deeply concerned about the deportation of Ka Yang, a Lao Hmong recognized as a refugee by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

(UNHCR). Ka Yang was deported from the Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok to Lao border on 17 December 2011.



It is…

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Added by ZIRC on December 24, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Malaysia Refugee issues grow

PUTRAJAYA: The recent tragedy near Indonesian waters involving a boat full of migrants heading for Australia shows the issue needs to be dealt with urgently by countries in the region.

“It is a critical issue that needed a regional solution,” Deputy HomeAffairs Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said in a statement…

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Added by ZIRC on December 24, 2011 at 2:19am — No Comments

Australia's driving school for refugees

When Lucia Marry Marry failed her first driving test in Australia the 37-year-old Myanmar refugee was not too disappointed - to her, it is enough she can take the exam.



Nor is she worried about the dangers of driving on busy city roads, a sight unseen in her homeland, formerly known as Burma, where walking was generally the only form of transport for the mother-of-three.



"No. I'm not scared. I'm happy because I like driving," she says from…

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Added by ZIRC on December 22, 2011 at 9:05am — No Comments

Hotel brings festive joy and cheer to Myanmar Chin refugees

HOTEL ARMADA Petaling Jaya paid a visit to a community of Myanmar Chin refugees who are currently living at a rundown flat in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

The visit from the hotel’s staff was to shed some “festive light” while spreading Christmas cheer and joy to the refugees who have to live on the margins of society most of the time.

With the majority of the Myanmar Chins being Christians, it is also an early Christmas celebration for them.

Having left Myanmar to flee…

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Added by ZIRC on December 22, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Refugee agency aids newcomers

Nonprofit has helped settle immigrants from Myanmar, Nepal, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and beyond



Students Abdurahman Juma, from left, Lu Reh, Tuang Sian Khai and Malka Arbab work together in an advanced English class at RefugeeOne. Juma and Arbab are from Sudan, Reh and Khai are from Myanmar. (Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune / December 15, 2011)…

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Added by ZIRC on December 21, 2011 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Refugees reminds us that everyone is equal: Seeking sanctuary

Life Sdn Bhd 7: Refugees served as a reminder that all human beings deserve dignity, no matter where they are from or how they live.

Imagine…

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Added by ZIRC on November 23, 2011 at 2:52am — No Comments

Refugee Children Star in Talent Competition (2011)

The talent of refugee children shone today in a Talent Competition organised in conjunction with Universal Children's Day. 12 Finalists comprising refugee children between 10-17 years sang and danced to vie for the top prizes in the Refugee Children Talent Competition.

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Added by ZIRC on November 23, 2011 at 2:47am — No Comments

It's Time to Shine - Refugee Children to Star in Talent Competition!

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Added by ZIRC on November 15, 2011 at 1:47am — No Comments

6P Amnesty and legalisation processes to run simultaneously



PUTRAJAYA (Nov 1, 2011)
: The government has decided that the amnesty and legalisation processes under the ‘6P Programme’ for illegal immigrant workers be carried out simultaneously.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today this was so that illegal immigrants wishing to…

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Added by ZIRC on November 1, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

TENAGANITA Statement:Congratulations to Cambodia for the Ban;Shame on Malaysia for Enslaving Women & Children in Homes & Agencies

TENAGANITA

 

PRESS STATEMENT

October 16th, 2011

 

Congratulations to Cambodia for the Ban;

Shame on Malaysia for Enslaving Women & Children 

in Homes & Agencies

 

Bravo to Cambodia for…

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Added by ZIRC on October 17, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Burmese Refugees Receive Cultural Crash Course In Tulsa

Burmese Refugees Receive Cultural Crash Course In Tulsa

Posted: Jul 28, 2011 11:22 AMUpdated: Jul 29, 2011 5:30 AM…

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Added by ZIRC on August 2, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

Advice for UNHCR card holders regarding the “6P” programme announced by the Government of Malaysia

The “6P” programme is a proposed system to manage migrants in general in Malaysia. There have been media announcements that refugees could be affected by this, and UNHCR is liaising with the Government of Malaysia on any areas that could affect refugees, and will continue to be involved in any issues related to the protection of refugees in this regard.

 

However, at this time, UNHCR advises all UNHCR card holders to wait further information and instruction from UNHCR on the…

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Added by ZIRC on July 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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