This page summarises the key facts about Myanmar (or Burma), and the reasons why so many people have been displaced from this country.
The Refugee Council of Australia's Project Officer Michelle Ferns joined the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the International Detention Coalition (IDC) last week in pushing the case for New Zealand to lobby support for the expansion of alternatives to immigration detention of children in the Asia Pacific.
The UN Speciall Rapporteur on Torture has published a damning report on his visit to Sri Lanka in 2016. The report urges States not to return people to persecution to Sri Lanka, particularly Tamils.
With global displacement at record levels, a real public debate on refugee protection is sorely needed. Motivated to explore concrete, principled strategies for refugee policy and practices in Australia and the wider region, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law convened a two-day Expert Roundtable at the University of New South Wales.
As part of its work, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) hears from refugee communities in Australia about the issues affecting their communities overseas. On 20 June 2016, we asked UNHCR's Asia Bureau about some of these issues as part of their consultations with NGOs in Geneva.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has raised serious concerns about the safety of any refugees Australia sends to Cambodia under a resettlement deal being considered.
The protection environment in the Asia-Pacific region is extremely challenging. Conditions in major countries of origin (such as Afghanistan and Burma) are characterised by protracted conflicts, ongoing insecurity and widespread violations of human rights.
As a developed nation with well-established systems for refugee status determination and strong settlement support infrastructure, Australia is well-placed to play a leading role in the development of a framework for regional cooperation.
The main goal of regional cooperation is to protect the human rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. Now, these people have their human rights violated both in their countries they come from and also in the countries where they seek protection and assistance. Regional cooperation would improve standards of protection throughout the Asia-Pacific.
More than 40% of stateless people are in Asia, around 3.5 million people. Very few countries in the region have signed the Statelessness Conventions and many discriminate against stateless minorities.