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An opening given to the Rohingya

KUALA LUMPUR (AsiaNews): The Malaysian government has become one of the first to introduce a skills training programme for the Rohingya people who have fled persecution in the Union of Myanmar and failed to find a welcome in Bangladesh or Thailand.

The programme is aimed at turning out semi-skilled workers that can be absorbed into the country’s labour market. It will also normalise their status in the country in order to give them the protection of labour legislation.

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Thailand moves to silence reporting

BANGKOK (SE): Amnesty International claims that one more human rights advocate has been unjustly targeted in Thailand. It describes a guilty verdict against Andy Hall, a British migrant rights worker, by a court in Bangkok on September 20 as an appalling trial that should never have happened.

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Thailand extradites Chinese refugees

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The two Chinese dissidents, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guanping,  who were arrested in Thailand on suspicion of migrating without documentation, have been repatriated to China and immediately jailed.

The two are members of a Chinese democracy movement and had received refugee status from the United Nations, but the government in Bangkok ignored this and extradited them back to their homeland.

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Interreligious prayer at scene of Bangkok tragedy

BANGKOK (Agencies): An interreligious prayer service outside the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 21, was attended by 800 people to honour the memory of the 20 people who died in the explosion at the Hindu holy place on August 17 and to pray for their loved ones and scores of injured.

Each of the victims was mentioned by name, including those from Hong Kong who died in the senseless violence.

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Bad year for religious freedom in Asia

 

ROME (UCAN): A new report released on October 17 in Rome by Aid to the Church in Need on the religious freedom of minority groups in Asia says that persecution of Christians has continued or worsened in many countries in Asia during the past 12 months.

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