Ethnic minorities and indigenous people

Development and assistance for ethnic minorities and indigenous people

U.S. court asked to force Facebook to release Myanmar officials' data for genocide case

Lawyers bringing a case before the World Court accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority have asked a U.S. district court to order Facebook to release posts and communications of the country’s military and police. The International Court of Justice based in the Hague ...

Anthony Deutsch

Two Years on, Sesan’s Ethnic Communities Attempt to Restart Their Lives

SREKOR COMMUNE, STUNG TRENG PROVINCE — Fut Kheun has been keeping a close watch on the water levels at the Sesan II reservoir, in the remote Srekor commune of Stung Treng province. The ethnic Kreung villager is living close to the water at the reservoir, two ...

Sun Narin

Hmong leaders say Trump deportation plan endangers refugees

Members of Wisconsin’s Hmong community are speaking out after reports that the Trump administration is seeking authority to deport thousands of Hmong residents to Laos. A State Department spokesperson on Monday confirmed to Wisconsin Public Radio that the administration is calling on Laos to accept deported ...

ROB MENTZER

Japan offers $5m for refugee resettlement in Myanmar's Kachin

The Japanese government announced in late December that it will launch an aid program to help internally displaced people in a conflict zone in Myanmar’s northern state of Kachin to return home. China has strong influence in northern Myanmar, including Kachin. Countrywide, Japan and China are ...

Yuichi Nitta

Programme helps empower ethnic minority women via 4.0 technology

A conference was held in the northern province of Bac Kan on July 17 to connect ethnic minority women with partners under a programme supporting them to develop economic activities via Industry 4.0 technology. The programme, supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will enable ...

The World Bank is rewarding ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

This month, the World Bank published a proposal for a $100 million development project in Rakhine state, the region of western Myanmar that recently saw the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim community. The aim of the project is to fund credit for small businesses in ...

Azeem Ibrahim

SPECIAL REPORT: The “Spirit of Roaming” no longer roams at Moken community on Surin Island

Suriyan “Hook” Kla-thalae, a 36-year-old Moken born on Koh Surin, keeps dreaming that he’ll get his community’s boat, known as a kabang, back out on the Andaman Sea.  But it remains anchored on shore on the island, which lies 60 kilometres off the Phang Nga coast, ...

Piyaporn Wongruang

'We're broken': Rohingya on hunger strike in Saudi detention

Scores of Rohingya detainees inside a Saudi detention centre have gone on a hunger strike for the third time in recent months, activists told Al Jazeera. Almost 650 men, most of whom have been kept at the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah since 2012 for not having valid ...

Saba Aziz

Commentary: Myanmar on the cusp of opening up to mediation on Rakhine crisis

Myanmar has recognised ASEAN’s role in assisting with the displaced communities’ humanitarian needs. It has also indicated willingness to address this via the good offices of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (AHA Centre). To this end, the ASEAN Emergency Response ...

What awaits any Rohingya refugees who return to Myanmar?

Since late 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, following a military crackdown on the Muslim minority people. Under a deal between the two countries, thousands of them were due to be moved back to Myanmar. But this was halted when ...

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