Religions for Peace Australia is a member of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace. The Deputy Convenor is Prof. Des Cahill, who is the Australian Chair of Religions for Peace. Prof. Cahill was involved in activities and negotiations with Religions for Peace Myanmar. Here, we consider the report of the United States International Committee on Religious Freedom Factsheet on Rohingya Refugees in Southeast Asia.
Rohingya Refugees Factsheet– This factsheet highlights the conditions of Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia. While the majority of Rohingya refugees have fled from Burma to Bangladesh, a significant number have escaped to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Some Rohingya refugees have managed to successfully settle in Southeast Asia, but others have faced discrimination or other religious freedom violations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments in the region have been less willing to admit boats with Rohingya refugees. This factsheet also explores the role of regional and international actors in addressing flows of refugees within Southeast Asia.
In its 2020 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the State Department designate Burma as a ‘country of particular concern’ in large part because of its ethnic and religious violence against Rohingya Muslims. USCIRF has also recommended the State Department include Malaysia and Indonesia on its Special Watch List.
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