Thailand CSO Coalition speaks for refugees and migrants

Thailand’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on its human rights situation is due for consideration on 5 October, prompting a public discussion organized by Chiangmai University’s Faculty of Law yesterday when copies of a joint submission by Civil Society Organization Coalition were distributed.


Book cover: Universal Periodic Review of Thailand

The submission, endorsed in whole or part by 96 CSOs, including those well known by activists from Burma such as Thai-Burmese People Friendship, Friends Without Borders and Friends of Burma.


On migrant workers issue, it has recommended to the Royal Thai Government to:

d) provide education welfare to cover children of Thai and migrant workers to bring them access to the education system

e) eliminate all forms of exploitation of migrant workers, open a migrant labor registration and ensure all fees related to the process are reasonable

f) ensure protection of all migrant workers under the labor protection law and abolish discriminative policies against migrant workers

g) promptly issue the Ministerial Regulation to determine status of children of undocumented parents and revoke any law that automatically renders them illegal immigrants

h) ensure that the right to register a marriage of migrant workers can be exercised and that the registrars will only ask for documents as required by the law

On the issue of refugees, indigenous persons and stateless persons, it has called for the government to:

a) allow related agencies involved in the registration of unregistered and newly arrived refugees access to refugees so that they will receive identification documents and protection

b) cancel the detention of asylum seekers in the Immigration Detention Center, as it forbids UNHCR access to refugees

c) become a member to the UN Refugee Convention as soon as possible

d) allow organizations working to protect refugees to give assistance to the vulnerable groups Continue reading “Thailand CSO Coalition speaks for refugees and migrants”

Wa holds meeting to discuss return of regime officials

THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2011 11:36 S.H.A.N.

9 days after the signing of a new ceasefire treaty with Naypyitaw, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) will be holding a meeting today to discuss how to deal with the return of peace, particularly the planned return of Burmese officials who left the Wa controlled territory last year, according to sources from the Sino-Burmese border.

(Photo: Kyaymon (The Mirror))

The UWSA used to host up to 100 regime officials, including a detachment of troops, border development (known as na-ta-la) workers, teachers, medical workers and agriculturists, according to a local source. This does not take into account those working with the UN and NGOs. Continue reading “Wa holds meeting to discuss return of regime officials”

KNU accuses government of dirty, drug running plot


In a media statement released yesterday, the Karen National Union say they have reason to believe the Burma government and its armed militia, the Border Guard Force, plotted to smear the KNU as drug runners.

The KNU were responding to media reports in Thai newspapers and on television that two men arrested by border patrol police and a village headman as they crossed the River Moei, the border between Thailand and Burma, were carrying drugs.

The KNU media statement explained that the two arrested drug runners had got their stories wrong.

“The arrested men identified themselves as members of the KNU and from Min Gyi Mien Battalion. The fact of the matter is that there is no such KNU battalion known as Min Gyi Mien.”

The KNU said their investigations had identified the two men as members of the BGF under the control of the Burma Army. The KNU media statement said.

“It is clear that the case was a contrived plot by the BGF and their masters to tarnish the image of the KNU. We have reason to believe that the hands of the military-backed USDP government are involved in this dirty plot.”

The KNU is renowned for its tough anti-drug stance and heavy penalties for drug producers and traffickers. The KNU reiterated that stance in its media statement.

“The KNU has consistently followed a strong anti-drug policy and laid down heavy penalty against drug producers and traffickers, because it views drug production and trafficking as a crime against humanity.”

The KNU accused the Burma government of following the same policies as the military regime.

“The Burmese government is following the same policies [as its predecessors] of expanding the civil war, ethnic cleansing and using drug trafficking to raise funds at the expense of the country’s youth.”

The KNU said the Burma’s president U Thein Sein recent calls for peace with ethnic groups was in stark contrast to the government’s actions.

“U Thein Sein and his cohorts talked about eliminating corruption, fighting poverty and ending the civil war, while buying secretly more offensive weapons and feverishly amassing funds for a general offensive against ethnic people in the dry season. Their words have no more sincerity than those of a conman.”

မူးယစ္တရားခံမ်ားမွာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရ၏ ပူးေပါင္းႀကံစည္မႈဟု KNU ရွင္းလင္းခ်က္ထုတ္ျပန္

မူးယစ္တရားခံမ်ားမွာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရ၏ ပူးေပါင္းႀကံစည္မႈဟု KNU ရွင္းလင္းခ်က္ထုတ္ျပန္

စက္တင္ဘာလ ၁၄ရက္။ နန္းေဖာ့ေဂ (ေကအုိင္စီ)

ထိုင္း ASTV ႏွင့္ Manager online မဂၢဇင္းပါ သတင္းအရ ထိုင္းအာဏာပိုင္မ်ား ဖမ္းဆီးမိသူ မူးယစ္တရားခံႏွစ္ဦးက မိမိတို႔ သည္ KNU မ်ားျဖစ္သည္ဟု ထြက္ဆိုခ်က္မွာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရႏွင့္ ၎တို႔၏ လက္ေအာက္ခံ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္မ်ား၏ ညစ္ညမ္း သည့္ ပူးေပါင္းႀကံစည္မႈျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း KNU ဗဟိုဌာနခ်ဳပ္က ယေန႔ ေန႔စြဲျဖင့္ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ကာ ရွင္းလင္းေျပာဆိုလိုက္သည္။

အသက္ ၃၀ေက်ာ္အရြယ္ရွိ အဆိုပါ မူးယစ္တရားခံႏွစ္ဦးကို ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ၊ မဲ့ကုေက်းရြာအနီးတြင္ ေက်းရြာလူႀကီးမ်ားႏွင့္ နယ္စပ္ ထိုင္းရဲအခ်ဳိ႕က စက္တင္ဘာလ ၉ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ဖမ္းဆီးမိခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး မိမိတို႔သည္ “မင္းႀကီးမိန္း”တပ္ရင္းမွ KNU အဖြဲ႕၀င္မ်ား ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ထိုင္းအာဏာပိုင္မ်ားကို ထုတ္ေဖာ္ေျပာဆိုခ်က္မွာ မမွန္ကန္ေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ KNU တြင္ ၎တပ္ရင္း အမည္မရွိ ေၾကာင္းလည္း သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

ေကအဲန္ယူ ဒုဥကၠဌ ပဒိုေစာေဒးဗစ္သကေဘာက “ထိုင္းသတင္းေဖာ္ျပခ်က္ေတြမွာ တရားခံေတြရဲ႕ ေျပာဆိုခ်က္ေတြက ေကအဲန္ယူကို နာမည္ပ်က္ေအာင္ ေျပာဆိုတဲ့ ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္ရဲ႕ လုပ္ႀကံမႈေတြပါပဲ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ေကအဲန္ယူ ေပၚလစီအရ မူး ယစ္ေဆး၀ါး ထုတ္လုပ္တာ၊ ေရာင္း၀ယ္တာနဲ႔ သံုးစြဲတာေတြကို လူသားမ်ဳိးႏြယ္စုအေပၚ က်ဴးလြန္တဲ့ ရာဇ၀တ္မႈ (Crime against Humanity) လုိ႔ သတ္မွတ္ထားပါတယ္။ ဒီလူေတြဟာ ျမန္မာအစိုးရတပ္ေတြနဲ႔ သူတို႔နဲ႔ ပူးေပါင္းထားတဲ့ နယ္ျခား ေစာင့္တပ္ေတြရဲ႕ လုပ္ရပ္ပါပဲ။”ဟု ေကအိုင္စီကို ေျပာဆိုခဲ့သည္။

ထိုင္း႐ုပ္ျမင္သံၾကား၊ အြန္လိုင္းမဂၢဇင္းတြင္ ၉-မမ တစ္လက္ႏွင့္ က်ည္ဆံမ်ား၊ လက္ကိုင္ဖုန္း ၂လံုး၊ အျခားေပါက္ကြဲပစၥည္းအ ခ်ဳိ႕ အပါအ၀င္ စိတ္ႂကြေဆး ၁၂ျပားႏွင့္အတူ ထိုင္းအာဏာပိုင္မ်ား ဖမ္းဆီးမိသည့္ ၎တရားခံႏွစ္ဦးမွာ ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ရွိ ေသာင္ရင္းျမစ္ကို ျဖတ္ကူး၀င္ေရာက္လာျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး အဖမ္းခံရခ်ိန္တြင္ မူးယစ္ေဆး၀ါး သံုးစြဲထားေၾကာင္းလည္း သတင္းေဖာ္ ျပထားသည္။

KNU က အဆိုပါ မူးယစ္တရားခံႏွစ္ဦးမွာ ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္ လက္ေအာက္ခံ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း စံုစမ္းသိရွိရ ၿပီး ကရင္အမ်ဳိးသားအစည္းအ႐ုံး(KNU) ေမွးမွိန္သြားေအာင္ ႀကံစည္လုပ္ေဆာင္ျခင္းသာျဖစ္ၿပီး ၎မွာ စစ္တပ္ေနာက္ခံထား သည့္ ႀကံ့ဖြံ႕အစိုးရ ပါ၀င္ပတ္သက္သည့္ ဆိုး၀ါးေသာ ပူးေပါင္းႀကံစည္မႈျဖစ္သည္ဟု ဆိုသည္။

ျမန္မာအစိုးရသည္ ျပည္တြင္းစစ္ ေရရွည္ျဖစ္ေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနသည့္အျပင္ တိုင္းရင္းသားမ်ားအား ရွင္းလင္းျခင္း၊ မူးယစ္ ေဆး၀ါးေရာင္း၀ယ္မႈျဖင့္ ရန္ပံုေငြရွာျခင္း၊ တိုင္းျပည္တြင္းရွိ လူငယ္မ်ားကို ပ်က္စီးေစျခင္းမ်ားကို ယခင္ မူ၀ါဒအတိုင္း ျပဳလုပ္ လ်က္ရွိသည္ဟု KNU က ဆိုသည္။

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သို႔ေသာ္ KNU သည္ ၎တို႔၏ ေပၚလစီအရ မူးယစ္ေဆး၀ါး ထုတ္လုပ္၊ ေရာင္း၀ယ္မႈကို လူသားျဖစ္မႈကို ဆန္႔က်င္သည့္ ရာဇ ၀တ္မႈ(Crime against Humanity)အျဖစ္ သတ္မွတ္ထားသလို ျပစ္မႈက်ဴးလြန္သူမ်ားကိုလည္း ႀကီးေလးသည့္ ျပစ္ဒဏ္စီရင္ ေလ့ရွိေၾကာင္းလည္း ေျပာဆိုထားသည္။


လက္ရွိအခ်ိန္တြင္ ဦးသိန္းစိန္ အစိုးရအေနျဖင့္ သူ၏အေပါင္းပါမ်ားက လာဘ္စားမႈ၊ ဆင္းရဲမြဲေတမႈ တိုက္ဖ်က္ရန္ႏွင့္ ျပည္ တြင္းစစ္အဆံုးသတ္ရန္ ေျပာဆိုေနေသာ္လည္း ပြင့္လင္းရာသီတြင္ ေဆာင္ရြက္မည့္ ထိုးစစ္အတြက္ လိုအပ္သည့္ လက္နက္ မ်ားကို လွ်ဳိ႕၀ွက္စြာ ၀ယ္ယူေနသည္ဟု KNU ၏ ရွင္းလင္းခ်က္တြင္ ထည့္သြင္းေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

၎မူးယစ္တရားခံႏွစ္ဦးကို ထိုင္းအာဏာပိုင္မ်ား ဖမ္းဆီးမိသည့္ ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ေနရာသည္ BGF အႀကံေပး ဗိုလ္မွဴးႀကီး ေစာခ်စ္သူ၏ လက္ေအာက္ခံ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္မ်ား ၀င္ထြက္သြားလာေနသည့္ လမ္းေၾကာင္းတစ္ခုျဖစ္ၿပီး ၎တို႔မွာ ျမ၀တီ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ေရႊကုကၠိဳေက်းရြာမွ နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္သည္ဟု နယ္ျခားေစာင့္တပ္ႏွင့္ နီးစပ္သူမ်ား၏ အေျပာအရ သိရ သည္။