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March 25, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been forced to cancel a conference on medical ethics due to take place in Bahrain in April, because of a lack of assurances from authorities, MSF announced today. The conference was to be held in the Bahraini capital, Manama, April 10 and 11.

The Thai government should halt all forced repatriation proceedings against the 7,500 ethnic Hmong refugees from Laos who are currently confined to a camp in northern Thailand's Petchabun province. This is the call today from the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The refugees, who claim to have fled violence and persecution in Laos, are deeply fearful of being returned to their country.

Médecins Sans Frontières calls again for immediate halt of forced repatriations and access to the deported Hmong for medical assistance

Weak, dehydrated and traumatized, the Rohingya people stepping off the boats that make it to Thailand’s shores tells an alarming story. This is a story that begins across the Andaman Sea, the sea that the Rohingya risk their lives to cross, in the western most state of Myanmar. Here, the Rohingya, a minority Muslim ethnic group, have suffered decades of restriction and indignity that has led countless people to flee across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh and further afield.

MSF denounces the policy of forced repatriation of the Hmong population of Huai Nam Khao camp back to Laos, and refuses to work under military pressure

People need treatment without fear

No information, no access for family or lawyer

Saeed Mahdi is in good health and faces no charges

Patient missing, staff member detained and medical materials confiscated

Needs persist among undocumented migrants, but MSF not permitted to respond

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