Who We Are
What We Do
Why We Do It
Peace & Conflict Situation
Peace Process Overview
Overview of Burma
History Since Colonisation
Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict
Overview of Ethnic Conflict
History of Armed Opposition
Burmanisation and Discrimination
Majority and Minority Relations
Overview of Ethnic Groups
Human Rights Violations
Overview of Human Rights Violations
Human Rights Reports
Patterns of State Abuse
Consequences of Violence and Abuse
Specific Human Rights Violations
International Crimes and Impunity
War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
The Role of the International Community
Foreign Relations and International Response
International Community Role for the Future
History of Conflict and the Border
Displaced in Thailand
In Exile Outside the Camps
Displaced in Burma
Since 2015 Elections
Developments Since 2010 Elections
International Response to Recent Reforms
Funding Cuts on the Border
Repatriation of Refugees
Projects and Interview Series
Karen IDP Stories
Unrecognised Leaders Documentary
Mon IDP Report
Voices of Refugees Briefing Paper
Lives on the Line Book
Press Releases and Statements
Documentaries and Videos
Types of Memberships and Fees
Become a Member
DID YOU KNOW?
The Burma army has
deliberately targeted civilian populations
in an effort to defeat ethnic opposition armies. Burma army operations have been described as
genocide of ethnic peoples.
Three million people
have fled Burma and more than
remain internally displaced by conflict. Most of them belong to ethnic nationality groups.
violations of humanitarian law
continue in Burma’s prisons and ethnic areas. Perpetrators largely go unpunished and victims remain
unable to seek redress.
War continues in Shan and Kachin States where Burma army has shelled villages, carried out
displaced at least 120,000
ethnic people, including Shan, Kachin, Ta’ang (Palaung) and Lahu.
About Thailand-Burma border:
Thailand hosts around
in nine camps on the Thailand-Burma border.
Thailand has not signed the Geneva Convention relating to the status of refugees.
found outside the camps are treated the same as any
Thai authorities have
not allowed UNHCR to register
more than a few refugees since 2006. Without registration refugees are
unable to apply for resettlement
or for most university scholarships abroad.
Despite the ongoing war, violations of international humanitarian law, and impunity:
Foreign governments have recently
resumed diplomatic relations
with the Burmese government,
in a country where development projects continue to be
directly linked to human rights violations
Thai authorities are planning on
closing down all the refugee camps.
The UNHCR is negotiating with the Thai and Burmese governments about repatriating the refugees. But where will they go?
International donors have recently
shifted funds from Thailand-Burma border to central Burma
where funds are funneled through the Burma Government and are
unable to reach ethnic border areas.
Because of recent funding cuts on the Thailand-Burma border:
Ethnic organisations and peoples are being
and at times
pushed to move inside
Vulnerable populations on both sides of the border now
lack crucial aid.
Some refugees in Thailand believe that
they are being starved out
in order to avoid their continuing assistance and future repatriation.
For many people of Burma, although the recent reforms have brought hope, they have also resulted in
growing fear and uncertainty
amidst reduced aid and rumours of forced repatriation.