Today, Do One Thing to Help Refugees
In Southeast Asia, PHR is lobbying to improve the conditions of refugees escaping war and oppression in Burma.
Last year, PHR published the report, Stateless and Starving: Persecuted Rohingya Flee Burma and Starve in Bangladesh. The report found that Bangladeshi authorities waged an unprecedented campaign of arbitrary arrest, illegal expulsion, and forced internment against Burmese refugees.
Unfortunately, things are not much better for Burmese refugees today:
- In Bangladesh, 28,000 minority Rohingya are registered in UNHCR camps, and the UN estimates that about 200,000 more are living undocumented in makeshift camps along the border. A State Department official recently visited Bangladesh and has called for more aid for Rohingya refugees.
- According to the US Campaign for Burma, more than 2,000 people have recently fled fighting in Kachin State following the lifting of a cease fire in the region.
- In Thailand the UNHCR estimates there are 100,000 registered and 50,000 unregistered refugees. Aid to these refugees has been reduced in favor of humanitarian aid programs implemented inside Burma, cuts which could result in food shortages.
In honor of World Refugee Day, PHR continues calls for improved conditions for all refugees from Burma and beyond.