Friday, August 9, 2013

Shan Refugees in Thailand Fear Premature Repatriation

About 500 Shan refugees on the Thai border fear they may be involuntarily repatriated to an active war zone strewn with land mines, according to a network of Shan community-based organizations. The Koung Jor camp in Wiang Haeng district, northern Chiang Mai province, was visited by Burmese police last month who asked the refugees if they had a desire to return to Burma. The Shan network said that though none of the refugees indicated a desire to be repatriated, plans are moving ahead to build housing in Mong Taw, about 15 kilometers from the border in Burma.