The number of recorded suicides and attempted suicides has soared at Thailand’s largest camp for refugees from Burma, the International Organization for Migration said on Monday as it called for urgent action to treat high levels of distress.
Rising tensions with bordering Pakistan and a spike in separatist violence in neighbouring Kashmir, coupled with nationalist anti-Islamic sentiment globally, are threatening Rohingya Muslim refugees in India as demands grow for their eviction.
Sri Lanka’s navy intercepted a boat carrying 30 Rohingya refugees who had been living in India and two suspected Indian traffickers after they tried to enter the country illegally, police said on Monday.
Thailand will ask nearly 70,000 refugees displaced by fighting in Burma to return home, but only on a voluntary basis. Those ready to make the trip back home will be sent only gradually, 3rd Army chief Lieutenant General Vijak Siribansop said Thursday.
Tens of thousands of Muslims who have fled violence in northwestern Burma are living in “extremely poor” conditions in neighboring Bangladesh and need better shelter as the country’s cyclone season approaches, the Red Cross says.
Bangladesh is working with Burmese security forces to stop Rohingya Muslim militants crossing their shared border, but will continue to allow women, children and the elderly to seek shelter there, a top government official said.
Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Arakan State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from “intermingling” with Bangladeshi citizens.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said on Tuesday that she hopes her country can finally resolve the decades-old issue of Rohingya refugees residing in her country now that Burma is under a new government.