Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Thai Policy toward Burmese Refugees and Migrants | Land Portal

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février 2004
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The report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Thai Policy toward Burmese Refugees, documents Thailand’s repression of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers from Burma. "The Thai government is arresting and intimidating Burmese political activists living in Bangkok and along the Thai-Burmese border, harassing Burmese human rights and humanitarian groups, and deporting Burmese refugees, asylum seekers and others with a genuine fear of persecution in Burma..."

1. Introduction...

2. New Thai Policies toward Burmese Refugees and Migrants:
Broadening of Resettlement Opportunities;
Suspension of New Refugee Admissions;
The “Urban” Refugees;
Crackdown on Burmese Migrants;
Forging Friendship with Rangoon;
History of Burmese Refugees in Thailand...

3. Expulsion to Burma:
Informal Deportees Dropped at the Border;
The Holding Center at Myawaddy;
Into the Hands of the SPDC;
Profile: One of the Unlucky Ones—Former Child Soldier Deported to Burma;
Increasing Pressure on Migrants...

4. Protection Issues for Urban Refugees:-
Impacts of the Move to the Camps;
Profile: Karen Former Combatant;
Suspension of Refugee Status Determination;
Security Issues for Refugees in Bangkok...

5. Attempts to Silence Activist Refugees...

6. New Visa Rules: Screening Out the “Troublemakers”...

7. Conclusion...

8. Recommendations:
To the Royal Thai Government;
To the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);
To Donor Governments;
To the Burmese Authorities...

9. Appendix A: Timeline of Arrests and Intimidation of Burmese Activists in 2003 (3 page pdf file)...

10. Appendix B: Timeline of Harrassments of NGOs in 2003 (2 page pdf file)...

11. Appendix C: Timeline of Arrests and Harrassment of Burmese Migrant Workers in 2003 (2 page pdf file)...

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