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Title: The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Thailand
Date of publication: February 2014
Description/subject: "...As Thailand continues in its endeavour to strike the right balance between protecting vulnerable migrants and effectively controlling its porous borders, this repo rt provides an insight into the human rights situation of both the long -­‐ staying and recently arrived Roh ingya population in the country . Though there are not as many Rohingya in Thailand as there are in some o ther countries in the region, Thailand has assu med an important geopolitical position in the regional picture of Rohingya displacement and insecurity. Thailand has the strongest human rights treaty ratification record amongst th os e countries with significant Rohingya populations. Furthermore, many of i ts domestic law and policy initiatives would strengthen protection for the Rohingya, if implemented in an effective and non -­‐ discriminatory manner. If Thailand does act on the recommendations below, it will become a safer, more attractive destination for Rohingya refugees. Concerns that this will result in an unmanageable increase in new arrivals are legitimate and must be addressed. There is a danger t hat any country which – in isolation – strengthens its protection framework will be disproportionately burdened. While strengthening protection may bring new challenges, continuing to fail to do so also comes at a cost , and is damaging and unsustainable. T he individual human cost is documented by this report. Other national and regional costs include damage to stability, international relations and reputation. The present regional stalemate – of no country taking decisive protection action -­‐ only serves to worsen the situation over the long -­‐ term. Thailand is well placed to break this stalemate by championing a rights -­‐ based response to the Rohingya issue and encouraging other states to do so..." .
Language: English
Source/publisher: Equal Rights Trust
Format/size: pdf (414K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs22/The%20Human%20Rights%20of%20Stateless%20Rohingya%20in%20Thailand(small).pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 November 2014

Title: 3 sides to every story - A profile of Muslim communities in the refugee camps on the Thailand Burma border
Date of publication: July 2010
Description/subject: "...The social dynamics of the refugee camps along the Thailand Burma border have shifted considerably in the past several years to the point where they now display significant diversities in ethnicity, religion and cultural practices. In order to better inform itself of these changing dynamics, in 2009 TBBC undertook research to gain a fuller understanding of one of the more distinct groups within this shifting landscape – that of the Muslim communities. This report is the result of that process, and provides analysis and ways forward to ensure the programme reflects sensitivities to their practices and preferences. The Muslim sector of the refugee populations along the Thailand Burma border is a significant and distinct minority centred, for the most part, in the Tak camps – namely, Mae La (ML), Umpiem Mai (UM) and Nu Po (NP); with a very small community also in Mae Ra Ma Luang (MRML). The population consists of three main sub-sects, representing divergent relations to the wider refugee community – both in terms of geographical origin, political persuasion and social inclusion. A singular classification of the root causes and motivations for their entry into the camps is not possible – as they range from genuine cases of asylum to the capitalisation on economic opportunities – although one summarising their lifestyle practices and preferences is more feasible, as specific and wide-ranging commonalities exist across the communities..."
Language: English, Thai
Source/publisher: Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC)
Format/size: pdf (1,2MB - English; 1.6MB - Thai)
Alternate URLs: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4caeea4f2.html
Date of entry/update: 27 November 2010