Monday, December 19, 2016

Briefing Paper: Where Do We Go From Here? A Snapshot of Recent Developments for Refugees Along the Thailand-Myanmar Border

 

 

Where Do We Go From Here?
A Snapshot of Recent Developments for Refugees Along the

Thailand-Myanmar Border

 

19 December 2016

 

 

Progressive Voice releases a new briefing paper on recent developments and their impact on the return discourse for refugees along the Thailand-Myanmar border. Increasing armed conflict and militarization throughout ethnic areas, including in southeastern Myanmar where the Myanmar Army seeks control over revenue-generating projects, cross-border trade, natural resource extraction and mega projects, suggest that the risk of further displacement upon return is high. This is particularly relevant as many refugees fled from southeast Myanmar. In addition, land disputes over housing, land and property rights continue to pose threats to refugees and internally displaced persons upon returning home.

 

A recent organized return of 71 refugees and subsequent problems indicate the many challenges to any imminent large scale return. A successful return must ensure that refugees themselves and civil society organizations that work with the

refugee community are adequately consulted and are able to participate in all levels of the repatriation process, including in the preparation and implementation.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Aung Khaing Min, Interim Coordinator, Progressive Voice

akm@progressive-voice.org; info@progressive-voice.org

+66 097 995 5305; +95 092 610 09995

 

Download the briefing paper in English here

 

 

 

 

About Progressive Voice

 

Progressive Voice is a participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization that was born out of Burma Partnership. Burma Partnership officially ended its work on October 10, 2016 the same day that Progressive Voice was formally established. For further information, please see our press release "Burma Partnership Celebrates Continuing Regional Solidarity for Burma and Embraces the Work Ahead for Progressive Voice."

 

    
 



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