Report: A Better Plan for Rohingya Refugees

  • Since seizing power in a coup d’état on 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military has committed massive human rights violations across the country.
  • As of 23 January 2023, there were 1.2 million people displaced by conflict and insecurity since the military takeover in Myanmar in February 2021, bringing the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) across Myanmar to more than 1.5 million.
  • There are now close to 1 million Rohingya refugees in camps on the border in Bangladesh.
  • According to the UNHCR, more than 3,500 Rohingya attempted deadly sea crossings in 2022, mainly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a 360 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • 348 people died on the journey, many drowned, while children died from hunger and thirst.

The Australian Government must take decisive action and show regional leadership through the Bali Process to strengthen solutions to a worsening crisis for those seeking asylum and refuge, particularly Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution.

Ahead of the Bali Ministerial Conference, Amnesty International Australia has released a report ‘A Better Plan for Rohingya Refugees’ which calls on the Australian Government as co-chair of the Bali Process to urgently implement a coordinated and regional response to save lives and respond to a worsening crisis for people seeking asylum and refuge, particularly Rohingya from Myanmar fleeing violence and persecution.

Amnesty has urged the government to raise the Refugee and Humanitarian intake to 30,000 places, providing a greater number of places for Rohingya refugees, which includes taking a leading role in resettling Rohingya refugees out of Bangladesh.

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