Geographic Updates: Southeast Asia

FEATURE: WINNERS OF UNHCR YOUTH WITH REFUGEES ART CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Launched in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNCHR’S first art contest encouraged young people aged 12-25 to reflect creatively on the theme: “everyone counts in the fight against the virus, including refugees.” One in four participants were themselves refugees or … Continue reading

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Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian migrant workers Facing hardship in Malaysia turn to Indonesian Government for Help

While Malaysia managed to flatten its COVID-19 curve with a strict stay-at-home order, a slowed economy has seen many migrant workers from neighbouring Indonesia struggle to feed themselves. As Indonesians — particularly women — face an increasingly desperate situation, there are … Continue reading

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THAILAND, MYANMAR AND CAMBODIA: MIGRANTS STRUGGLE TO RETURN ACROSS CLOSED THAI BORDER

Businesses have reopened and begun hiring after the government eased lockdown measures, but migrant workers who returned home and waited for the Covid-19 outbreak to clear are now finding themselves on the outside looking in, unable to re-enter Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Arrest Bangladeshi migrant who criticised Malaysian government on TV

Malaysian authorities say they have arrested a Bangladeshi man who criticised on television the country’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old will now be deported. In a documentary on Al Jazeera, Rayhan Kabir said the government discriminated against … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Court Overturns Caning Sentence for 27 Rohingya Refugees

A court in northern Malaysia’s Kedah state threw out a lower court’s ruling that 27 Rohingya be caned for entering the country illegally, calling it inhumane to punish refugees with strokes from a rattan stick, setting aside a lower court’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grow

Survivors of dangerous sea journey convicted amid a rise in hate speech and mass detentions in centres rife with Covid-19.  A group of 31 Rohingya men who disembarked from a boat in April have since been convicted under the Immigration … Continue reading

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Indonesia: EU provides Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya Refugees in Aceh

The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees who were rescued recently and allowed to land in Aceh, Indonesia, after spending more than 120 days at sea. The humanitarian aid is part of the European … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Crackdown on Journalists over Documentary on Undocumented Workers

Several Al Jazeera journalists involved in a recent documentary about Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented workers during the coronavirus pandemic were questioned at the country’s police headquarters on Friday. The police have said they are investigating the staff about potential sedition, defamation and violation … Continue reading

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Thailand: COVID-19 does not stop Thai Church’s work on behalf of migrants and refugees

Work went on during pandemic despite “restrictions,” Catholic volunteer noted. Volunteers and some refugees helped to make masks and sanitisers. People in urgent need are “fragile,” said a priest in Bangkok. Health crisis has increased inequalities. Source: https://bit.ly/38Mu631

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Indonesia: EU Welcomes Indonesia’s Decision to Help Rohingya Refugees

The European Union (EU) has welcomed Indonesia’s decision to provide a safe-landing and humanitarian assistance to 99 Rohingya refugees stranded off the northern coast of Aceh last week.  The refugees claimed to have been adrift at sea for four months. … Continue reading

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