Forced Refoulement of Chin Refugees

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 20 July 2003
Region A [ Asia ]
Country India
Location Mizoram

Affected persons

Total 7209
Men 0
Women 3352
Children 0
Proposed solution
Details ACHR_Mizoram03.doc
Forced eviction

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

State government of Mizoram
Brief narrative Excerpt from Asian Centre for Human Rights letter (attached):

"At least 7,209 Myanmarese nationals including 3,352 women have refouled since July 20 following the xenophobic wave triggered by the rape of a minor girl by a Myanmarese national.

A large number of refugees who were refouled by the State government have now returned to Mizoram because of the alleged atrocities committed by the Burmese military personnel. The atrocities by the Burmese security forces require little introduction.

Asian Centre for Human Rights has obtained a list of 105 refugees who are presently sheltered at Bambuk refugee camp under Saiha district near Indo-Myanmar border. Majority of the returnee refugees are women and children (24 women and 39 children). Please find enclosed the list of refugees.

A large number of refugees who were returned have also been living at Sainag camp in Aizwal.

Due to the fear of being refouled to the Chin State of Myanmar, many refugees have also taken shelter in the jungles. They are caught between the Myanmarese security forces and Mizoram police and YMA activists. There is tremendous risk to the lives of the children.

There are no facilities (water, health care and sanitation) at the Bambuk refugee camp. The area is ridden by malaria. The State government has not provided any assistance. Please find enclosed the photographs of Bambuk refugee camps as Annexure II."

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