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Migrant detention "abuse" can scar children for life

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - An increasing number of migrant children are being detained in countries where they are seeking asylum despite a growing body of scientific evidence that such incarceration leads to long-term psychological and developmental difficulties. full report

Myanmar’s embattled Palaung minority call for aid partners

NAMKHAM TOWNSHIP, 8 October 2014 (IRIN) - Protracted fighting in northern Myanmar is displacing entire villages, including those of ethnic Palaung, who say they need more help to build up local civil society groups to allow aid to flow more effectively to their people full report

Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

SITTWE, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. full report

Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

BANGKOK, 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse. full report

Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar

DHAKA, 4 September 2014 (IRIN) - Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation. full report

Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar’s Kachin State

YANGON, 14 August 2014 (IRIN) - Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment. full report

Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar’s Kayah State

YANGON, 25 July 2014 (IRIN) - Landmine clearance in southern Myanmar’s Kayah State has still not begun despite a 2012 ceasefire between the main armed groups and the government. While negotiations between the ceasefire parties are ongoing, deep distrust remains, and there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations, experts and activists say. full report

Grassroots moves to quell Myanmar’s communal violence

YANGON, 15 July 2014 (IRIN) - In early July, a hundreds-strong mob of Buddhists converged on a shop in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. According to rumours spread on social media, its Muslim owner had raped a Buddhist woman. The ensuing violence left two dead and a dozen injured. full report

Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State

YANGON, 7 July 2014 (IRIN) - Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. full report

Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate

YANGON, 26 June 2014 (IRIN) - Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013. full report

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