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Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator for the IDC, Vivienne Chew, interviewed Puttanee Kangkun, Senior Human Rights Specialist at IDC member organisation Fortify Rights. Puttanee reflected on recent child detention policy changes, and what it means for Thailand.
ASIA PACIFIC NEWS
UN Committee on Migrant Workers: Call for Inputs
The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has decided to elaborate General Comment No. 5 on Migrants' Rights to Liberty and Freedom from Arbitrary Detention. The Committee invites all stakeholders to provide inputs to this initiative through a questionnaire by 1 April, 2019.
A First Step to Protect Children on the Move in Thailand
"Thai authorities should now work to fulfil Cabinet Resolution 01/10 and also amend the Immigration Act 1979 together with stepping up to ratify the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol so that refugees are better protected and not subject to arbitrary arrest and detention. No one should ever be detained because of their immigration status, and Thailand would do well to reflect this principle in its laws, policies and practices."
~Op-ed by Puttanee Kangkun in The Nation
Refugee Babies Born with No Place to Call Home in Bangladesh
Rohingya children from Myanmar born in Cox's Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh start life in a legal limbo, not considered Bangladeshi or Burmese by birth. With neither country taking responsibility for the Rohingya, there are 60 children born stateless each day in the refugee camp.
Supreme Court in India Reprimands the Detention of Foreigners
IDC The Supreme Court reprimanded the Assam government's efforts to deal with the immigration crisis as figures presented to the court showed that in the past decade, out of 52,000 persons declared foreigners by Tribunals under Foreigners Act, only 168 could be deported. Additionally, 938 "foreigners" have been living in detention centres for an average of nine years.
Last Four Refugee Children Leave Nauru for Resettlement in the US
The last four children living in Australian government-run offshore processing on Nauru have now left the island, amid a group of 19 people flown to the United States for resettlement.
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