Geographic Updates: Southeast Asia

Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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Singapore: COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: non-citizens have a right to protection too

Singapore leads the region in COVID-19 with 28,794 confirmed cases as of 19 May 2020. The majority of Singapore’s cases come from crowded foreign-worker dormitories. Singapore is just one of a number of countries in the region where millions of migrant workers … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Health D-G Dr Noor Hisham calls for concerted action on Covid-19 at immigration detention centres in Malaysia, warns against discrimination of foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Immediate medical attention and decontamination are needed at immigration detention centres where Covid-19 has emerged, said health director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah while stressing that foreigners should not be discriminated against in terms … Continue reading

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Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Eight coronavirus cases among returnees from Malaysia

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday said they have found eight coronavirus cases among scores of people who returned from Malaysia, where the authorities have recently been detaining undocumented migrants. Myanmar officials said the new cases were detected … Continue reading

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Malaysia: More coronavirus cases at migrant detention centre

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia reported 35 new coronavirus cases at an immigration detention centre on Thursday, after authorities rounded up undocumented migrants this month in areas under lockdown. The United Nations has called on Malaysia to stop the crackdown, … Continue reading

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Myanmar: First Covid-19 Positive Case Amongst Returning Migrants

The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed among returning migrants in Kayin State. Approx. 80,000 migrants have returned since March according to IOM estimates. Two military owned machines are being used for Covid-19 testing of military personnel, people at quarantine … Continue reading

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Singapore: Condition of Migrant Workers- Lockdown and Testing

Majority of the 26,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 are migrant workers living in crowded dormitories. On the 5th April 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a press release indicating that the overcrowded migrant worker S11 and Westlite Toh Guan Dormitories … Continue reading

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Philippines: Analysis of State Emergency Response on Humanitarian Aid

The intensified lockdown measures and enhanced community quarantine have resulted in severe movement restrictions, impeding the capacity of humanitarian response from agencies and national and local authorities to engage with vulnerable communities including migrants and refugees. Conflict affected IDPs in … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Mass Arrests of Refugees

Raids and mass arrests of refugees and undocumented migrant workers as part of an anti-Covid-19 campaign despite Malaysia’s previous announcement reassuring they wouldn’t be arrested. Those arrested include young children and Rohingya refugees. Source: Global Detention Project

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