Tuesday, April 14, 2015

UNHCR Contact Information in Malaysia

UNHCR Representative
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
570, Jalan Bukit Petaling
50460 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2118 4800
Fax: +603 2141 1780
Email: mlslu@unhcr.org

For other inquiries:
General queries   UNHCR General Office
+603 2118 4800
(between 8.00am to 4.00pm)
Email: mlslu@unhcr.org
To report arrests, and queries on detention cases

  UNHCR Call Center Hotline
+6012 630 5060
(Queries on detention between 8.00am to 4.00pm only)
Queries on Employment of refugees
  Livelihoods team
+603 2118 4841
Email: mlsluest@unhcr.org
Queries on media and fundraising   External Relations Section
Media queries: +603 2118 4812
Fundraising: +603 2118 4986
Email: infomalaysia@unhcr.org
Queries on volunteering
  Volunteer coordinator
+603 2118 4939
Email: mlsluvol@unhcr.org
Queries on conducting academic research

For queries on conducting academic research, including
requesting for interviews or information, please email: mlslu@unhcr.org
Kindly include your complete research topic/angle and questions, and accompanied by an attestation from your university. This will be reviewed by the UNHCR Representative.
Queries regarding employment opportunities for Malaysians and internships with UNHCR can be found here, or email mlslu@unhcr.org for further information, or call +603 2118 4800.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two Rohingya Muslim women indecently assaulted by Police, Burma

Police along with a tabbe have sexually abused the mother and sister of a Muslim man after failing to apprehend him, according to Burma Times local correspondent.

The incident took place in the volatile village of Kiladong also known as Du Char Yar Taan in Maungdaw South.

In 2014, police made a long list of Kiladong villagers. The list was made in the aftermath of the infamous massacre when a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed scores of Muslims, especially women and children.

Uncertain future for hundreds of thousands as white cards are revoked

By Guy Dinmore   |   Wednesday, 01 April 2015 
A presidential order revoking temporary identity papers came into effect last night despite widespread criticism by the international community of the government’s move that mostly affects Rohingya Muslims and leaves an estimated 1 million “white card” holders across Myanmar facing an uncertain future.
The revocation of white cards stands to affect thousands of people living in IDP camps in Rakhine State. (Yu Yu/The Myanmar Times)The revocation of white cards stands to affect thousands of people living in IDP camps in Rakhine State. (Yu Yu/The Myanmar Times)
President U Thein Sein ordered the invalidation of the temporary ID papers on February 11, setting March 31 as the date for their expiry. Holders were given until May 31 to hand in their papers – commonly known as white cards – and undergo a citizen verification process carried out by local authorities to determine their status.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Wirathu - the pit bull of Myanmar regime

By Dr. Habib Sidddiqui
Myanmar's terrorist - Buddhist monk Wirathu is untouchable inside the country. In 2003 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 2010 along with other political prisoners. Most keen observers knew the reason as to why this anti-Muslim zealot was freed by the regime. He was to serve as its pit bull and inciter for committing hate crimes and ethnic cleansing drives against the minority Muslims, esp. the Rohingya people that live in the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh.

And Wirathu continues to deliver for the regime. He has effectively become the face of Burmese Buddhism. His '969' fascist movement has led to widespread hate crimes and genocidal campaigns against the minority Muslims all across the Buddhist-dominated country, and has brutally rendered more than a million Muslims homeless. Many Burmese Muslims are risking their lives to get out of this den of hatred and intolerance, once called Burma. So frightening is the situation inside Myanmar, esp. the Rakhine state, even the Rohingya refugees that live under horrible conditions in makeshift camps inside Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh don't want to return to their ancestral land inside the Buddhist country. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Thai 'confidence' in anti-trafficking record belied by statistics

BANGKOK Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:52am EST
Thailand's Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz 
(Reuters) - Thailand identified fewer victims of human trafficking last year than in 2013 and convicted fewer perpetrators of the crime, according to a government report aimed at lifting the country from a U.S. list of the world's worst offenders.

The U.S. State Department last year downgraded Thailand to the lowest category in its influential annual ranking of countries by their counter-trafficking efforts.

Thai officials facing prosecution over human trafficking

Over a dozen government officials in Thailand are facing prosecution on the charge of human trafficking.

File photo shows women and children from Myanmar’s persecuted minority of Rohingya Muslims.According to Thailand’s junta officials on Friday, senior policemen and a navy officer are among the officials, who are detained and being prosecuted with regard to this issue.

Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the arrests prove that Thailand’s generals are resolute in their decision to bring to justice officials involved in human trafficking.

Thailand: Armed vigilantes tackle human trafficking of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims

Muhammed Ariful Islam, 22, a painter from Dhaka who was held captive on a ship before being abandoned on a remote island, cries at a government shelter in Takua Pa district of Phang Nga in Thailand, on October 17, 2014With his bullet-proof vest, shotgun and sunglasses, Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team. He actually belongs to a group of Thai civilians tracking down human traffickers on one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes.

The volunteers – mainly fishermen and other villagers – patrol the estuaries and jungles of Phang Nga province, a popular tourist destination in southern Thailand a short drive from the famous resort island of Phuket.

They are motivated by humanitarian concerns, but also worry that the presence of armed smugglers and impoverished refugees could lead to an increase in crime and scare away tourists.