As of last week, an estimated 8,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma and Bangladesh were adrift on ships in the Indian Ocean, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Thai and Burmese press have reported that the Government of Bangladesh is cracking down on charitable organizations that offer assistance to Rohingya, an ethnic group that has faced endemic persecution and violence in Burma.
Heavy rains and high winds have stuck an unofficial refugee camp in Bangladesh, destroying makeshift shacks and other residences. Life in the camp before the disaster was precarious—external aid is limited and the residents are forced to fend for themselves.
In honor of World Refugee Day, PHR continues calls for improved conditions for all refugees from Burma and beyond.
Persecuted Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge in Bangladesh face a new grave threat to their safety and security: institutional discrimination in the form of a mandatory, country-wide ID card policy