Tag Archives: Government Policies

China: Trump Signs Uyghur Rights Act Into Law, Authorising Sanctions For Abuses in Xinjiang

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 into law on Wednesday, authorizing the use of sanctions against Chinese officials deemed complicit in the persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Rejects draft resolution tabled by EU at 43rd session of the Human Rights Council

Press Release 22-6-2020, Geneva Myanmar rejected the draft resolution on “Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar” tabled by the European Union (EU) on 22 June 2020 at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. In … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Activists Call Attention to Stronger Refugee Protection in the National COVID-19 Response under World Refugee Day Discussions

In the lead up to World Refugee Day on 20 June, discussions with government took place, with activists urging the government to do more to uphold the rights of refugees due the lack of attention given to them as a vulnerable … Continue reading

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Scores of refugees in limbo as quota system in holding pattern due to Covid-19

New Zealand: The Red Cross is urging the Government to restart the refugee quota programme on humanitarian grounds.With more than 150 border closures around the world due to COVID-19- the immediate future for those seeking refuge from war and persecution … Continue reading

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Myanmar: 23 COVID-19 Cases in Migrants Deported from Thailand

Myanmar has reported 23 cases of COVID-19, the most officially reported in a single day in the country, amongst a group of migrants held in quarantine after being deported from Thailand. The 23 migrants had been detained in Thailand’s detention … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Malaysian Government Plans to Send the Detained Rohingya Refugees Back to Sea

The Malaysian government are planning to send out a boat full of the 269 Rohingya refugees who had arrived on their coast at the beginning of the month and are currently being detained. Following Malaysia’s policies to no longer accept refugees … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Calls for holding India accountable for violating int’l humanitarian law in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 11 (APP):A top Pakistani diplomat has urged the world community to intervene and hold India accountable for its “grave” breaches of international humanitarian law and war crimes in occupied Kashmir, as he highlighted the decades of Kashmiri … Continue reading

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The Philippines: Concerns over Anti-Terrorism Bill and Humanitarian Aid

The beginning of June saw the  draft Anti-Terrorism Bill 2020 passed through the Philippines House of Representatives  and the Senate, now only waiting for President Duterte to pass the bill into law. This bill has caused rising concerns over its threat to … Continue reading

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Global call-to-action to keep remittances flowing during the COVID-19 crisis

The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat is supporting the call to action to policymakers, regulators and remittance service providers to improve migrants’ access for sending and receiving remittances, and to reduce transfer costs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of … Continue reading

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Advocates say it’s time to adopt a Canadian-style refugee program

Australia: The Australian government is being urged to use the current hiatus in international migration, due to COVID-19, to reshape its resettlement programs by introducing a Canadian-style community refugee sponsorship scheme.More than 35,000 people have also signed a petition calling … Continue reading

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