Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today welcomes the news that UNHCR (Malaysia) is giving appointment cards to the Burmese refugees including Buddhists for the registration in order to consider for their refugees application.
It is the welcoming good news for the Burmese refugees in Malaysia who fled from Burma due to military regime’s extreme persecution.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) applauds the UNHCR (Malaysia) tireless efforts helping refugees especially today it is opening the new chapter.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) hopes that UNHCR (Malaysia) would consider refugees’ application accordingly and justly.
There are more than 70, 000 Burmese refugees in Malaysia according to the official figures. Since Malaysia is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its Protocol, refugees are vulnerable to detention and deportation.
Burma is made up of with Bamar, Kachin, Kayar, Karean, Chin, Mon, Arakan and Shan but in the past; sadly, Buddhist Burmese refugees were marginalised when they applied for the refugees due to the unreasonable assumptions of the some UNHCR (Malaysia) officers that Burma junta won’t suppress Bamar and Buddhists.
Since May 2010, the Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) publicly called for UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr António Guterres and UNHCR Head Office to investigate the alleged reports of discrimination in UNHCR (Malaysia).
For more information please contact Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) at
U Myo Thein [United Kingdom]
Phone: 00-44-208-493-9137, 00-44-787- 788-2386
U Khin Maung Win [United States]
Daw Khin Aye Aye Mar [United States]
Phone: 001 509 586 8309
U Tint Swe Thiha [United States]
Phone: 001-509-582-3261, 001-509-591-8459