UN CALLING ASIA #07

Special Representative for the Secretary-General on Myanmar says credibility of its May referendum is dependent on several conditions including a place in the process for Aung Sang Su Kyi and her opposition party.

In this interview with Elena Vapnitchnaia, Mr. Gambari who is about to go to the region to visit Beijing, Jakarta and Singapore talks about what Myanmar needs to do to ensure that its upcoming referendum is credible including involving Aung Sang Su Kyi and her opposition party in the process. He also talks about how he hopes Myanmar’s neighbours will support his plan to revisit the country sooner rather than later.

Australia’s controversial Pacific solution draws to a close.

Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte speaks with Ariane Rummery External Relations Officer for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees about the significance of the government of Australia’s move to end the deterrence policy dubbed the “Pacific Solution.” Under this policy passed by the government of Prime Minister John Howard some 1,637 asylum seekers were diverted to the Pacific of Nauru or Manus island in Papua New Guinea, while their claims for asylum were being processed. Last week, the last 21 of those refugees were taken to live in Australia. This brings to a close one of the most controversial chapters in Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

And “A Place to Call Home – the Stateless Rohingyas in Bangladesh,” [Part 111] a look at what choices the refugees have for the future.

Last week, we continued to look at the situation of the 26,000 Rohingya refugees who remain in Bangladesh waiting in some cases to go home to Myanmar, or as is the case more recently, to see if they will qualify to go to a third country where they could start their lives again. This week we look at what options they have as they think about their future.

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
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