Tag Archives: Refugee Participation

Malaysia: Refugee Artists Pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in Fear of Xenophobic Backlash

Artists from refugee communities have decided to pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in light of heightened xenophobia, said to have spurred out of the Malaysian government’s pushback of Rohingya boats in fear of them bringing COVID-19. The authorities have also … 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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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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INDIA: Understanding Citizenship and Refugees’ Status in India

by Prachi Raj (prachiraj372@gmail.com), MPhil student at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. The recent Rohingya crisis in South Asia raised questions regarding the refugee policies of the Indian state, which seem to take a very diplomatic position … 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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PAKISTAN: For many Afghan refugees, going back is not an option

PESHAWAR: The Afghan culture, particularly the cuisine and dresses, has left impact on the local culture in Pakistan, particularly in tribal districts. Iqra Khan, hailing from former FR Peshawar, said she has arranged an Afghani frock for the marriage of … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Six Cases of Suicide Amongst Undocumented Migrants

Six undocumented migrants from Myanmar have been reported to have committed suicide over the past month in Malaysia. Due to the lockdowns, the migrants had all faced  increased financial hardships.  Many had lost their jobs or were unable to find jobs … 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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Illawarra Activists to Call for Action During Online Refugee Week Events

Australia: Refugee Action Collective Illawarra (RACI) is going online to highlight the alarming plight of asylum seekers and refugees in detention during the COVID-19 crisis and call for action. The online event protests against the Federal Government, who are rejecting … 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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