Burmese Refugees in India demand for immediate arrangement of resettlement

June 21, 2013: About 300 hundreds Burmese refugees staged a protest rally in New Delhi today demanding UNHCR to increase the number of resettlement for Burmese refugees and expedite the process as soon as possible.

The Burmese refugees in Delhi are facing numerous hardships of survival due to lack of financial, legal aid, healthcare and educational assistance. In Burma, our home country, we were harassed and tortured by Burmese Army and here in Delhi, we face difficulties of livelihood. Also the role of the UNHCR New Delhi Office is not satisfactory in terms of support for the Burmese refugees stated in the statement.

We are not in a position to send our children to school. Our women are harassed and raped by local peoples. When we approached the Police, UNHCR and its implementing partner organization like Women Protection Center, Don Bosco and Social and Legal Information Center (SLIC) to report on such cases we were humiliated and 99% of cases were not registered mentioned in the statement.

The protesters shouted slogans;
We want------------justice
We need------------ protection
Stop Stop-----------human rights violations
No more------------harassments
Hey UNHCR------Arrange resettlement
We Are------------Helpless Refugees

More than 400 Burmese refugees signed the statement which is to be sent to UNHCR headquarter in Geneva.

The protest was organized by Delhi Chin Community Fellowship under the banner of Burmese Refugees in India.