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Australian State Labor Government’s Police Arrest Refugee Protesters

Australia: Under the behest of the Labor government in Queensland, police arrested 37 refugee rights demonstrators in Brisbane last weekend, in the latest use of the COVID-19 pandemic to attack the right to free speech and protest. Source: World Socialist … Continue reading

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China: China accused of intimidating Uighur refugees in Europe

China denies it, but Uighur exiles who fled to EU states say they are still being terrorised by threatening phone-calls, SMS-es, and other forms of what some security services have dubbed “refugee-espionage”. Source: https://bit.ly/2Yol74A

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Bangladesh: Government Urged to lift Rohingya internet ban as Covid-19 rumours swirl

Rohingya leaders have urged Bangladesh to lift an internet ban imposed on a million refugees in the city of Cox’s Bazar, warning that rumours and panic over Covid-19 is deterring people from getting tested. Limits on communication are exacerbating already … Continue reading

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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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More Manus Island, Nauru Refugees Moved to US

Australia and Papua New Guinea: RNZ reports 40 more refugees, who were detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru by Australia, have been transferred to the United States for resettlement. Ads-Up, a US based group of Australian volunteers supporting refugees … Continue reading

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India and Bangladesh: Cyclone Amphan And COVID-19: Mass Destruction In South Asia

Cyclone Amphan has pummelled India and Bangladesh and continues to leave a trail of mass destruction and chaos as the two countries attempt to recover. As of May 23rd, at least 106 deaths were confirmed. As per disaster management officials, … Continue reading

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South Asian countries ease COVID-19 lockdowns despite sharp rise in infections

Ignoring the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases and deaths across South Asia, the region’s governments have begun easing lockdown restrictions in a bid to “reopen” the economy. Collectively, the total number of government-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region to … Continue reading

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Pakistan: COVID Lockdown Upends Life for Overlooked Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Nearly 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan as either registered or undocumented refugees. Their lives have been upended by the coronavirus lockdown, but they seem to be getting little attention. 

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Malaysia: Movement Control Order- How are Refugees Coping?: Interview with Lilianne Fan

Key impacts of the MCO include the loss of livelihoods, which has threatened basic food security and left many unable to pay rent and thus at risk of evictions. Lilianne Fan additionally highlights that despite free testing for all foreigners, … Continue reading

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